The very week the COVID-19 pandemic broke in the U.S., I started seeing messages online about seizing this opportunity and finishing quarantine with something to show for it.
On the one hand, I get it.
It feels good to give a bit of purpose to this bewildering time. And I personally would appreciate the feeling of knowing that—when all of this is said and done—I finally got that family photo book made or decluttered my kids’ closets.
Maybe you’re a go-getter and you want to use this season to write a book, start a podcast, get abs (NOT happening here! 😂), or train for and run a virtual marathon.
Big goals are beautiful, and I will always, always support yours.
But if you’re more like me…
If your sensitive soul feels heavy…
If you’re more in survival mode than thriving mode…
If you keep wondering where this “extra time” is that everyone’s talking about…
Please know that you don’t need to have anything TANGIBLE to show for this time. Maybe the things you’ll take away from this will be the INTANGIBLES.
Simple, home-based memories with your spouse and kids.
Deepened compassion for your neighbors—and mankind.
Physical, mental, and emotional rest.
More trust in divine guidance.
New, healthier patterns for coping with stress and anxiety (after all, this pandemic is giving us plenty of practice!).
Appreciation for simple joys you used to take for granted.
A clearer vision of your values, your priorities, and the pace you want for your life.
And maybe best of all, more confidence in yourself, as you look back on this time and see that you got. through. it.
Tangibles are great, but in the long run, I believe it’s the intangibles that will stay with us.
Carry on, friend!
On the Struggle Bus?
These silver linings are beautiful, but they don’t negate that this time is also HARD. If you’re an introverted mom (maybe one who just went from having time to herself every day to having absolutely NONE), you may be struggling. I am too!
But I have some tricks up my sleeve that will make this season of your life so much more manageable—and even help you enjoy it.
PS. If you have an extra second, leave a comment sharing one intangible you’ll take away from this time. ❤️