Every Friday, I will be posting 10 things I’m grateful for. Join along with me by posting your blog link in the comments of your own 10 things or simply comment with what you’re thankful for.
1. More games of Settlers of Catan than I can count. Thankful for family times to have fun.
2. Daily walks.
3. Home cooked meals.
4. My recent trip to South Africa. I’ve really missed that place and those people. So thankful I got to go when I did.
5. Toilet paper! And learning not to take the little, everyday things for granted.
6. My family. They’re pretty great to be stuck in a house with.
7. Rescuing the bright green lizard inside my house from my crazy Jack Russell today. Reminded me of life in Africa.
8. The ability to work from home. I know this isn’t the case for everyone, so I’m super thankful that I can.
9. Date nights. Even when you can’t leave your house. Even in the midst of social distancing, we’re still being intentional about date nights.
10. Virtual connection. Even though we can’t have face-to-face contact, I’m so thankful that we have the ability and technology to still connect with people all over the world. Previous world pandemics that resulted in isolation didn’t have this luxury.
Today my thoughts are on these guys as South Africa goes into a 21 day lockdown. I’m thinking about our staff, about the kids in our feeding programs, and about a nation that already has a lot of people with weakened immune systems and underlying health conditions. Pray with me that COVID-19 would be stopped in its tracks.
It was during self-isolation in the plague of 1665 when Isaac Newton, then a 23-year-old student, invented calculus and, while watching apples fall in his family orchard, discovered the theory of gravity.
I am a doer. I cannot sit still. It’s a blessing and a curse all at the same time. In this time of quarantine and isolation, I’ve been doing a lot of processing about my doing and have felt challenged during this time of confinement to be still, because the stillness holds great potential for discovering things you never even imagined.
This morning I said to my husband, “My chest feels tight.” He didn’t say a word but instead pulled out his phone and showed me this clip…
OMG. I was laughing so much. I do find myself nitpicking every possible ailment I might feel in a given day, mainly because I traveled 8 days ago. This was a reminder to take a deep breath and not operate in fear. Oh, and before noon, I felt fine.
It’s been a little over two years since I posted anything in this space. So much has happened in those two years from saying goodbye to our home of twelve years to moving continents to where we are now – fighting against the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic.
My daughter and I just returned from South Africa a week ago. I was in transit during that dreadful 9/11 day in 2001. I was supposed to fly when Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, but our flight was canceled, and we ended up stuck in London for a week. I’ve flown during some crazy times, but flying during the COVID-19 pandemic was a little unnerving. Our flight from London to Dallas was packed, because lots of people were re-routed through there since Dallas was one of a handful of airports doing health screenings. We received a health questionnaire on the plane. I totally expected thorough checks and vetting. Unfortunately this wasn’t the case. Immigration was a breeze. No one even asked for our questionnaires let alone suggested we self-quarantine. It made this virus seem like no big deal although I knew this wasn’t the case.
We decided to self-quarantine anyway. I believe I’m healthy enough to fight this thing off, but if I’m a carrier, well, human life is way too valuable for me to be careless going around spreading this to others, especially the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. I think I can hunker down at home with my favorite people in the world in an attempt to flatten the curve. I just wish everyone would do the same. If we’re going to stop this dead in its tracks, we’ve got to let go of our freedom for a moment and just stay home.
There’s a lot of fear and a lot of unknown out there. I’ve decided as a daily practice to try and spread a little joy through this blog of mine. Who knows what I’ll post, but I do hope it will bring a smile in the midst of everything going on right now.