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OK people – in every situation there are lessons to be learned. Let’s talk about some lessons many are learning during their home isolation.
Life Lessons – Be Positive
Mary Poppins said – “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and – SNAP – the job’s a game!” Always be positive. Mary Poppins believed that no matter how bad the situation there was always something good that could be found and that the glass was always half full.
Knowing yourself is being aware of your strengths and flaws. Use those strengths and flaws to be your best you.
Life gets messy. Life is full of obstacles. When the going gets tough dance, smile, laugh. Make a plan for how to get over the hurdle.
Color, paint, organize, fly a kite, smell the roses or whatever else it takes to get your mind off of what is happening. Make sure the kids have time to play and have fun after you get through their school work. For the adults – make time for self-care.
During this forced time of taking a step back from rules, restrictions, school, jobs and chores – appreciate your family unit.
Pay attention to the needs of everyone around you. Be kind.
Make room for imagination. Loosen the rules and embrace playfulness, particularly when it comes to children. Appreciate this time with your children. As they get older our time together gets smaller and smaller.
During this time we are all learning that we don’t really need much to be happy (except for toilet paper!) We have found easy ways to entertain ourselves and our children.
During this time teach and guide your neediest child into being a wee bit more independent. Teach and guide your most independent child into being just a wee bit more needy. There’s a happy place somewhere in the middle.
Everyone is responsible for their own happiness. Find it wherever you can. We are each in control of our own destiny. Our happiness should never rely on other people.
A peaceful existence is far better than the world of drama many are used to because of social media. Find joy in small things. Unplug at least an hour or two a day to get away from some of the on-line drama.
Follow your curiosity, whatever that is. Take a course. Learn to sew. Attack your fears, insecurities and unknowns.
Every problem has at least one solution. Don’t ever give up on your unsolved problems.
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions. Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein
Some practical lessons may be hard to implement but we all should now realize the importance of many of the practical things we can do to at least feel secure when things go wrong.
Try to keep your pantry stocked as much as possible all the time! Some things to always keep on hand:
- Toilet Paper
- Paper Towel
- Clorox wipes
- Hand sanitizer
- Canned soup
- Canned potatoes
- Canned tuna
- Jars of Pasta sauce
- Boxed cake/cookie mix
- Peanut butter
- Canned fruit is better than no fruit
- One or two canned vegetables (I’m not a fan, but canned is better than none)
- Protein/energy bars
- Powdered milk
- Cough syrups or any other over-the-counter medications you use when sick
- Laundry detergent
- Soap, toothpaste, shampoo
- Feminine Hygiene products
- Baby supplies – diapers, wipes, etc.
- Pet foods
- Any special needs items a family better requires – always keep extra
- Any other non-perishable items your family uses
This is a hard one for many – I get it – but try to have at least a one or two month financial cushion. You don’t have to put it all away at once, but try to hide a little bit each week or each month. It will add up before you know it.
When you travel in the future. Use a travel agent. You’ll be helping a small business. You also won’t have to worry about losing money if something like this happens again. I have read stories of many losing their money on cancelled trips they booked themselves on sites like Bookit.com.
The services of a good travel agent cost you nothing. They can cancel, postpone and rearrange plans much easier than you can.
As long as you use a reputable agent, your deposits and payments will always be safe in an emergency.
During this recent pandemic, airlines, hotel companies, and online self booking sites are telling customers, “Don’t call us, we can’t handle the volume of calls,” and in some cases disconnecting callers after hours on hold. Those that have used traditional travel agents are getting advice. They’re getting rescued. They are getting rebooked.
I can’t stress enough how important using a travel agent is in the future. Yes, you can book yourself, but the level of service a good travel agent provides for free is priceless.
Never let your car’s gas tank go below half a tank. This is something my husband drilled into my head and our kid’s heads when they started to drive. It is a practice we have had in place for years. You just never know when you may need to get on the road for one reason or another.
I’m sure there are many more lessons to be learned. Many more lessons we will learn before this isolation is over.
What lessons have you learned?