In this time of staying inside, it’s easy to look around and see the things that you need to tend to and that should be on your “to do” list.
But the problem with that is that you end up not really seeing the things for what they are.
For example, I have a large pile of TBR (to be read) books. Actually, most of my bookshelves I haven’t read. So, when I look at my ever-growing pile next to my bed or on my reading cart, I can’t help but want to feel an overwhelming sense of accomplishment for when I finish them. When what I should feel is excitement and anticipation at reading a new story.
So, the next time that you look at your “to do” list, try to feel a sense of gratefulness and appreciation instead of anxiety. See that pile of laundry is actually a gift that you were able to afford all of those clothes. Think about the great meals you had on the dishes you have to wash. And remember the joy in growing things when you look at the dark patches of dirt out in your garden.
Don’t see it as a chore but a chance to see something beautiful.
It’s easy to feel like you’re not doing much when you’re at home. Staring out windows, bingeing miles of TV, and wearing sweatpants can make it feel like you’re being lazy.
When in reality, you’re doing your part to fight this virus.
No, really. If you’re staying home and inside, you’re actually fighting and fighting hard. I know, most days it just feels like you’re fighting the urge to visit your family and friends. But it is so critical that you practice social distancing and fight the good fight.
So, keep fighting. And if that looks like sitting on your couch, eating snacks, and shopping online. So be it.
It’s more important than you think it is.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. – Theodore Roosevelt
This is one of my favorite quotes, even when we aren’t in panic mode.
But I think it applies to our situation now too.
Do what you can is the rallying cry of homeworkers, homeschoolers, and people struggling everywhere.
However, if the internet is any measure, some people are taking the opportunity to clean things out, get rid of things, and just be productive.
But if you’re still struggling to do the simplest task, or you’re burdened by depression or anxiety, or you’re an essential worker on the front lines, my advice is the same.
Do what you can. Leave the rest.