It is hard for me to look at this season as a gift. Isolation to this extrovert has been quite painful. I must check the mail twice a day for anything that looks like human contact. Walking the dog in the neighborhood has even become a game to see if I can time it when the most people are out. This just plain stinks. However, I am grateful for one thing. This quarantine has taken away my best go-to excuse:
“Sorry. I don’t have time to do that.”
Looking around, it appears that most of us now have an extra 2 to 5 hours a day. Hours we once jammed full with commuting to work, picking up kids from school, going to PTA meetings, wandering around Lowes checking out the latest and greatest grills, drills and saws. Whatever awesome and/or mediocre time-sucks we had used to fill our days, those hours have magically reappeared.
What if we did something meaningful with all those hours?
Uh oh, here it comes…….. What if we finally did the thing that made us uneasy, scared, or exhausted, but in a good way. Really pushing through our comfort zone and practical boundaries. Or option 2 is what most are doing now, slumping deeper into the sofa and watching the next season of Ozark. (But, for real, what’s with the blue filter on that show already?)
Seriously, what is one thing you’ve always wanted to do but never tried because (insert your go-to excuse here)?
- Get out of debt?
- Have quiet time
- Learn a language?
- Write a book?
- Learn an instrument?
- Talk to a counselor?
- Read War and Peace?
- Call an old friend?
- Create a song?
- Tell someone that you are sorry?
- Paint a room in your house?
- Take a Masterclass online?
- Interact with your kid?
- Start exercising?
There is no better time than now to do something hard. Every resource you need is online except for courage. Of course it will all be awkward at first, but remember, God is with you, and He has plenty of courage to give.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of this, for the LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:6-8
So, Whatta you say? What was the first thing that jumped in your mind? I dare you to take the first step and leave it in the comments, Just write private next to it and I will make sure only I see it. Happy hard work hunting! We will get through this together.
In His Service and at yours!