Gratitude In The Time Of Corona
“Enough” is a feast.” Buddhist proverb
Some days are great. Things go as planned and you bounce from meeting to appointment to lunch and you feel wonderful inside.
Then there are the other days. Like being in the house for four and a half months quarantined with no end in sight – wondering if things will ever get back to the way they were in the old world. There are days when you do not feel motivated at all.
I’ve done gratitude lists before. Writing five things I am grateful for in quarantine became rote because I did the same thing every day. I realized that if I wrote one thing a day and really thought about it, it worked better. Here are some of the things I have written down. Maybe they will resonate with you during these times.
The easiest thing to be grateful for is having a roof over my head. I live in an area with a lot of homeless people. I fear it will become worse from this virus. I choose not to take this for granted.
I am grateful for easy access to good drinking water. We can’t really drink from the faucet like in Iceland or New Zealand, but we do have tap water that we can boil in our homes. One eighth of the world’s population do not have access to safe drinking water.
I recently read that the ancient Greek philosophers started their day outside in Nature to feel calm and grateful. I try to spend at least a few minutes having coffee outside looking at the beach. Being in “prison” for four months with people not wearing masks here, has made my relationship with the beach complicated. But every morning, when I sit and look out at the ocean, I am so grateful that I get to see this and smell the ocean air to start my day.
I am grateful that everyone I know is healthy. They have either recovered from the virus or not gotten it. While I do my part to stop the spread of coronavirus by staying home, others are going to work, risking putting themselves and those they love in danger of exposure. My gratitude toward these front-line professionals not only is well-deserved, but it also helps relieve stress which suppresses our immune systems.
I am grateful for the time to read good books. i wasn’t allowed to watch TV as a kid and getting lost in a book was a familiar feeling. Now with so many options for entertainment, focusing on a book is harder. But now I read every day and when a book grabs me in, I remember the feeling I had as a child.
I am also grateful for access to the internet during this time. Can you imagine going through this without the internet? We are able to order food, medicine, clothes and any random thing we can think of – mostly with free shipping. We can take classes with our favorite teachers, talk to friends, family, doctors and work on ZOOM. We have access to a crazy number of TV shows and movies from all over the world. We get theatre productions and we can still look up every thing that comes into our head. There is instagram and facebook to stay connected with the world.
I am grateful for Banksy my dog. He is my constant companion through this time and is endlessly entertaining. He keeps me sane during this time of social distancing.
I am grateful for small kindnesses. A person who actually puts on their mask when they walk by me, a pretzel delivery from my daughter, a funny youtube video sent from a friend or the perfect eggplant parmesan prepared by the BF all help me get through this.
I am grateful for my friends and family. We are all in this together and when we are reunited it will be even more special.
I am grateful to be spending this time with the BF. Day 145 is definitely different then Day 1 in quarantine. It is our first year of living together. What we were able to tolerate easily before is a bit different now. Trapped in close quarters, tense moments are inevitable. But we get through it with communication, laughter and hugs and we are really lucky to have found each other.