Benefits of our Worldwide "Time Out"

Yes, benefits! There are more benefits with lasting positive impact than we can begin to imagine due to our current situation with COVID-19. The first step to being part of the solution is to not be part of the problem. That means our selfish way of life must be acknowledged and put away–not just for this moment in time, not just during this global crisis, but put away for good. Here is a short list of things we all must stop doing…now!

  • Stop saying/thinking: “I’m bored. There’s nothing to do.”
  • Stop sacrificing the needs of others for your personal indulgences–STAY HOME.
  • Stop saying/thinking: “This is bullshit! I’m going out!”
  • Stop whining about what you don’t have or what’s been taken away from you.

Look, I get it. I’m petrified just like everyone else. I’m worried sick about the people who live on hourly wages, the giggers/free lance artists, the homeless, the people and children in detention centers at the border, our prisoners, our elderly, etc. The list goes on and on. These people have far more to worry about than anyone else because they have little to no resources. This blog post is NOT for them…although I know many who are more optimistic than people who have an endless supply of everything. (Something else to think about…)

I have work that needs to be done–let’s turn all those college classes into online educational experiences. Got it. Never did it before–never had to so here we go. Will it be a challenge? YES! Will it be hard? YES! But it’s time to learn something new–heck I may even find that I like it so much I will keep some of them as online courses for the future.

We are going to learn a lot about ourselves. We are going to learn about:

  • Resilience
  • Organization
  • Dedication
  • Determination
  • Reflection
  • Gratitude
  • Patience
  • Delayed gratification

We are going to notice things about ourselves and our family members that we never noticed before…and much of it will bring a smile to our faces.

One of the things I am most looking forward to seeing on social media are pictures of what children create! We have become a society that lives in a world of instant gratification–the “art” of ART is lost on many of our children because it takes TIME to create! Break out the crayons, the construction paper–heck a good old brown paper bag, paste & popsicle sticks, Legos, Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs and let them draw and build. Why not join them??

Break out your instrument if you are a musician who hasn’t played with much sense of discipline in years and create a weekly lesson for yourself. Visions of a piece of yellow legal pad paper with my college trumpet professor’s handwriting on it are filling my memory right now!

You don’t need to go out and socialize–stay home and beautify your yards. I will start by just raking the dead branches together.

But it is what happens after all of these tangible things that makes me take pause most of all. We are entering a time when self-reflection will (or should) dominate our thoughts. Some will be dragged into this experience kicking and screaming the whole way. Others will simply stop what they are doing and recognize how much they’ve NOT done due to the insane pace of our lives.

I, for one, plan to take a bit of time each day to just sit in the silence of my home (or on my deck) and take in the beauty of the world around me. The benefits of what COVID-19 is offering us are there if we just hit the pause button and truly look.