The world feels dark and dangerous right now, but there's hope and comfort to be found.
Maybe you’re stuck at home in self-isolation, surviving your own personal version of Groundhog Day. Maybe you’re still going to work, with a job that’s essential and can’t be done remotely. You might be among the many suffering unemployment and trying to find a way forward through this nightmare. Whatever you have going on, the novel coronavirus has upended life as we know it.
As the days and weeks drag on, with no definite end to the pandemic in sight, it’s easy to feel hopeless. Yet amidst the madness, there are little moments of peace and joy. If we look for it, there is still so much to be grateful for. And gratitude has a way of changing everything.
Here are just a few things to take note of …
1Communities are pulling together.
A common enemy brings people together, and that’s the case as the global community faces this scourge. Celebrities are uniting to read stories and raise money to feed kids. Writer Simcha Fisher penned a beautiful reflection on the good and beautiful things that have come about during this pandemic:
People are helping each other. At-home parents are taking in the kids of working parents; people are dropping off casseroles on the porches of neighbors under quarantine; food trucks and restaurants are delivering free food to kids locked out of school lunch programs. People are using social media to make matches between those who can get around and those who cannot, so no one is abandoned. Many power and water companies are suspending shut-off notices; landlords are forbearing on collecting rent, while their tenants scrape by without wages; apartment houses are offering free lodging to students left stranded when their universities abruptly closed; some internet providers are offering free service so everyone can stay connected; basketball players are donating portions of the salary to pay the wages of arena workers whose work has been halted; people are scouting out hard-to-find foods for friends with restrictive diets. I have even seen private citizens offer to help pay the rent for strangers, simply because there is a need.
In neighborhoods and families all over the world, people are going out of their way to help each other, and it’s heart-warming and hope-giving to witness.
2Many families are getting to spend more time together.
In the hustle of school, work, extracurricular activities, and chores, it can be hard to find carefree timelessness as a family. Whether it’s enjoying school in pajamas or playing board games in the afternoon “just because,” many families are appreciative of this sudden extra time with each other.