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Unless You Have Been Sitting Under a Rock...

Unless you have been sitting under a rock, you have become overwhelmed with news concerning COVID and its current outbreak leading to an astronomical increase in infections in several states. Here in California, we are once again under an ‘Stay at Home’ order announced by our Governor on July 13th. What this means for us is a once again there is a closure of gyms, places of worship, malls, and beyond. This is round 2, the first round lasting for 90 days in March, but due to the reported rapid increase of infections, this time seems different.

I write to you to make suggestions. Admittedly, the first time we were led to a shutdown, I wasn’t ready! Working from home virtually, our daughter home from school with virtual classroom instruction, our ministry moving to a completely virtual format, and beyond! However, 4 months ago I shared that, “This not an OBSTACLE, it’s an OPPORTUNITY!” This is the grand opportunity to invest our most valuable asset … OUR TIME! Many have lamented, “What are we going to do with ourselves? Our children? Our families?” Here are a few suggestions:

· Road trips (a freeway drive) to eateries within the region:

o Although its only takeout, the drive up the freeway can break the monotony.

· Start a family YouTube channel:

o Vlog/chronicle this time, it will prove to be a precious keepsake when this storm passes.

· Listen to ideas from your children:

o Our daughter is an aspiring artist and she suggested a paint night…..never realized I would have so much fun.

· Develop healthy lifestyle habits:

o Sometimes the rat race of life will move at a pace that will lead us to a place that we fail to care for ourselves. Take some time to:

§ Plan meals, eat better

§ Develop an exercise routine

· Utilize Zoom and other free video conference platforms:

o Connect with friends and family

§ It’s not the same as a physical touch, but you can still see them!

· Aim for personal development and growth

o Read those books!

o Write that business plan!

o Stay away from Amazon…. Just kidding!

These are merely suggestions. Most of them helped me keep a little sanity while we were sheltering in place. This is a golden opportunity for us to do something productive, build something that will better our lives and the lives of those around us once the pandemic passes.

Be vigilant concerning the spread. I know that we will get through this, but it will take a concerted effort. While we wait for a solution, let’s not forget to support our small businesses, wash our hands, and keep ample distance from large clusters of people as much as possible. Lastly, understand that we can frame our worlds with our minds. This season can either be an obstacle, or an opportunity…. It’s up to us to decide.

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