One of the sites I like to read each week is A Healthier Michigan. They are a good resource for health tips, some recipes, and general wellness articles.
A recent article from them, What the Pandemic Taught Us: Finding the Positive in a Tumultuous Year is in alignment with what I have been feeling most of 2020 and then some.
I won't deny that Covid is a thing, it exists in the world, people die because of it, but there are many positive things to take away from this year.
- We don't have as many activities. This is a good thing in many respects, because now we can truly focus on the the important things that are right in front of us.
- We see the people we live with more. Again, a family is some 22 minute sitcom family that says funny things, has a problem and fixes the problem in 22 minutes. A family needs time spent together, rubbing the rough edges out of us. Honing comes to mind.
- We spend more time with God (or should). This year, for me at least, has brought the closest I have been to God and it is amazing. A friend started a daily prayer group, that still meets to this day! We have encouraged each other, laughed a lot and cried a little bit too!
- We spend more time on exercise and walking. I've been running for about 6 years now, it doesn't really show. It does make me feel good, though. I try to walk on the days I don't run. It makes a huge difference and I get to listen to audiobooks or podcasts.
- We meet differently. Many businesses now really see the value of remote meetings and remote work. I've been doing this for a long time at my real job. Online meetings for work, friendship, prayer (see above), and family mget togethers. It has been challengin, but good overall.
2020 has been a year like no other, but it not the worst year ever. 2021 will bring it's own challenges just like every other year does. It matters how we handle it and I choose to remain positive.