Happy Thursday, you guys! I apologize for missing this last week of posting. This quarantine has brought about so many opportunities to do things I don’t normally have the time to do. So… here’s this week’s post!
As we’re all aware, the United States is in quarantine. The restrictions and rules vary from state to state, but we are all experiencing similar things. I know that I have been becoming a little stir crazy staying at home and not having certain freedoms that I normally do. I do happen to be an introvert so social distancing is a little easier for me, but I terribly miss seeing my friends and greeting people without fearing that I’m standing too close.
During these times, it is easy to become discouraged, depressed, irritable, or anxious. The fear of the unknown seems to weigh upon our shoulders and the sadness sets in as we realize that this is our reality at the moment.
“If only I could get out of this house! If I sit here any longer, I might go insane!”
These thoughts have run across my mind during this quarantine more than once. I miss being able to play golf with my team, hang out with my friends, and being able to look forward to prom.
However, I realized these thoughts and longings were keeping me from being joyful! It’s so easy to think that the grass is greener on the other side. As humans, we tend to want what we can’t have.
So, instead of thinking of what I’m lacking at the moment, I choose to focus on what I have gained. I have more time to spend with my family, I can go for walks, create some art, read books, and do other things that I normally wouldn’t have the time for.
Today, I encourage you to look at the bright side of all this madness. Take a look at all of the goodness that this situation can bring, rather than the negativity. Save the depressing, dreariness for the news! All we can do during this time is pray and do what we can to stay healthy and joyful.
“give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV
Don’t lose hope, lovelies! Joy is attainable, even if it takes a little digging during these times. Stay strong!