Sunday Seven

Sunday, October 4, 2020

How did this season of COVID affect you? I'm thinking about this today.

1. I lost friends. It has been sad to see their families say goodby in such an unimaginable way.

2. I wrote less. I was busy at home and work. I picked up extra work due to my business. There was less time for writing but I had plenty time for living.

3. I focused on the family. We became closer as we prayed. We ate together often. We talked to extended family. We hoped for better days.

4. I prayed more. I decided that if I was going to navigate the season well, God needed to help me. I found Him to be faithful. I prayed a lot more by myself. I want to keep this discipline going. 

5. I adapted to the new normal. A lot of industries and services were interrupted so we adapted. Can't travel to speak? Zoom is the way to get to Boston. Can't go on vacation? A staycation will do. Having to adapt to different circumstances stretches us and grows our creativity. 

6. I decreased my news consumption. I focused on local news. Whatever the city was telling us to do for our good and safety, we did. We only read the local newspaper. We talked directly with family in other places to check on their wellbeing. My mental health greatly benefited from this approach. 

7. I reflected more. I reflected more on what was really important. I spent a lot of time thinking. We live in a world that conditions us to do the opposite. Something or someone is always thinking for us. Being a ble to reflect and think is a gift from God. I intend to spend more time thinking and reflecting as we move out of this season.