If you were paying attention, you might see there are some things that COVID has been a game changer. Here are some things to consider that Rona has.

 

  1. Family

Whether we like it or not, Rona brought families closer. I am sure there were moments when we all pulled our hair out, but overall this pandemic has brought us all together and closer. We’ve got to know each other more, had deeper more meaningful conversations, and learned more about ourselves. To be better sons, daughters, Mothers and Fathers. Like it or not, that’s something to be thankful for.

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  1. Appreciation for Hygiene

I don’t know about you, but I have never washed my hands so much in my life in such a short time since Rona. Recently, how many times have you looked at that gas pump and thought to yourself, “How many others have touched this pump today?” I have a whole new appreciation for hand cleaning. Honestly, I used to wash them around 2-3 times a day (and I am pretty hygienic type guy). Not anymore. Now it’s an average of 6-7 times a day consistently. We have learned so much through this pandemic. With these new hygiene practices, it will help us to live healthier lives.

 

  1. Sloooowwwiiinnggg Dooooowwwwnn…

Remember when life was break neck speed of 120 miles per hour? Do you miss it? Yeah, me niether. Let’s never let life get so busy that we miss the important things- like each other, family, relationships and self-care. Letting life breath is important. Let’s do all we can to keep this pace for us all.

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  1. Ditching the 9-5 Mindset

Let’s be honest – it wasn’t working. The 9-5 mindset is archaic and outdated. With our devices, many of us (including me) can do our jobs from anywhere in the world. It’s all about flexibility. Same goes for school. For a while now, I have said that the modern school model is outdated. Online classes make for not only a great alternative, but allows for freedom and it will eventually be cheaper as more classes are offered online. Many schools are considering moving to a half-day schedule while augmenting with online classes. Going to class at Noon? Color me #jealous.

 

  1. Decluttering

You’ve probably muttered this to yourself – “I gotta get rid of _______.” But you didn’t. You were most likely too busy. Decluttering has a positive effect on you. Clearing up space, making space, getting rid of things that are useless to you now, but others could use can be a good thing. Selling those items can also score you some cash. Plus it helps you to “breathe” better in your space.

This also goes for digital de-cluttering. Going through your devices and deleting old links, old unused numbers and cleaning them clears up space on your devices and make it more efficient. This goes for your social sites as well.

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  1. A Whole new appreciation for the internet.

Where would we have been during Rona without the internet? We use it more than we realize. For communication, Zoom meetings, Facetime, Skype, entertainment, schooling, information, shopping – it’s all vital. I took it all for granted. Even when the speeds are slow now, I am more patient because I know that the demand was / is high at times. Kids are getting’ their learn on, movies are being streamed, conversations are happening. I am so glad we have it. What would we have done without it? We would have gone Rona crazy. I thank God and Al Gore for their internet.

 

  1. Social Gatherings

When I tell people I have a bit of social anxiety (along with diagnosed chronic anxiety), they are surprised. A radio guy with social anxiety? Yep, It doesn’t define me, but I deal with it – daily. Honestly, social events were something I dreaded at times and also looked forward too at the same time. Now, Rona has given us a true appreciation to be with each other. I was only here for a couple weeks when Rona hit. We were Church Shopping and found a place we liked. We only went once. I miss it. I really appreciate gathering together and having conversations about ideas, personal revelations and hearing about others challenges.

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  1. The Quiet

I have spent more time with “quiet time” recently. It has really helped me to slow things down and hear and see things I may have missed Pre-Rona. Listening is good. We were given one mouth and two ears for a reason. Whether it’s in the car, outside or at home. Quiet time is to be appreciated.

  1. Perspective

So an invisible, microscopic virus stopped the world. This has never happened in recent history (or maybe at all for that matter). We also found out that we are vulnerable to a tiny entity brought down us humans. Respect. Respect for what a virus can do to humans. My perspective has been changed in many other ways. I am more patient, more understanding and am appreciate of the small things. I have a new found respect for front-line workers. And for science. I have always loved it, but this pandemic has really helped us all to understand so much more about life and ourselves. I don’t know about you, but in many ways, I am thankful for these opportunities that Rona has given us.

All My Best,

The JimShow