In the midst of difficulty lies opportunity

J.R.R. Tolkien once said, “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

Balancing our work and our personal life is not an easy task, but we never stop pursuing it. Work, life, family, and responsibilities are still a priority. We always have something to do, places to go, bills to pay, dishes to wash, clothes to fold, but when was the last time we stopped what we are doing to hit the pause button? While we are all working from home and still can’t escape most of our responsibilities, we see ourselves in an unprecedented situation.

There are negative or positive aspects of being confined in our home:

Obstacles or Opportunities

Instead of focusing on the uncertainty, why don’t we use the time that we now have on our hands to do something we always wanted to do, but we put it off because we didn’t have time? What if this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for us to pause? We can’t control what’s going on, but we can control how we react to it.

“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.”- Albert Einstein

Consume or Create

The time that we’ve been spending in front of our computers and devices has increased significantly. Instead of being a spectator, why don’t we use this time to create? Share your talents with your family and friends next time you see them online, paint something for your loved ones, write a poem to your parents, or even cook a special meal for a friend or a neighbour who lives alone. It might not be a masterpiece that belongs in an art gallery or upscale restaurant, but for the recipient, it will be an extra special gift.

Now that we are physically distancing ourselves from the people we care about, it is the perfect time to connect to them more than ever. If you aren’t able to create something for someone, what about a phone call or a letter to show that you are thinking of them? You can also order from a local business and have something delivered to let them know that they are not alone, and that you were thinking of them.

We have a friend who was in self-quarantine for 14 days. We picked up groceries and delivered a care package to her during the time that she couldn’t go outside.

It is noteworthy that while we practice physical distancing, we can look for opportunities to encourage others and create deeper bonds with family, friends, coworkers and even strangers.

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