Friday, October 2, 2020

The Sparkle in the Storm

Almost any person could make a list about how COVID-19 has changed their life and wrecked their plans for the year. 

Loss of income

Cancelled travel

Lack of social interactions

Difficulty of juggling all of the roles from home

Divided friends and family over correct responses

These are just a tip of the iceberg of what you would expect to hear but today I thought I would share the blessings that have occurred during this time for me!

1.) Ian’s company (in the airline industry and hit very hard,) had to cut everyone’s pay. I know, that doesn’t sound like a blessing, but, as compensation, they cut the hours they had to work. This meant that Ian worked a four day work week for sixteen weeks. Y’all. Sixteen weeks of three day weekends!

It was amazing family time  it was a chance to be together and do things in our home (because it’s not like we could go anywhere or be busy with much!)

2.) It really taught us to slow down and not to be on the run all of the time. Now, I think, compared to many Americans, we were already doing a good job with this, but there is always room for improvement. Errands don’t need to happen constantly, the kids don’t need to be entertained with weekend outings, and the necessity to do “house” projects was weighed thoroughly.

3.) It made some friendships even deeper and sweeter. Friends called to check in, drove by to have a conversation from the car, and volunteered to bring us toilet paper.

And grace abounded! When someone wasn’t handling changes well, we stepped in. When differences in opinion on social distancing and mask wearing surfaced, it was dealt with in love. 

There are many more little gems, but these are a few that stood out to me. What have you seen as a blessing in these tough times?

1 comment:

Callie said...

We’ve definitely enjoyed extra time together too, because Derek has been working from home, which means no commute time! He’s able to finish the day much earlier. It’s so nice!