In this time of peril, we find ourselves isolated for our safety.  And for a longer time than some would imagine.  There are few of us built for confinement this long.  Yet, we must remember that in staying put, we are saving ourselves and others.

It is easy to notice the things which bother us.  Those are the items that scream for our attention.  There are benefits, though, which you should not overlook less missed completely.  At times like these, we need to search for the small quiet luxuries this time of family isolation gives us.

We have something that pandemics until now have not afforded.  We have instant communications.  With a cell phone or computer, we can talk to others in the world face to face, no matter where they live.  We can know what is happening and what outcomes are without waiting for weeks or months.  Even though we are apart, we are closer than at any time in the history of the world.

Now is the moment to pull out the ‘if I had time’ lists.  And if you do not have a list, now is the time to make one and start fulfilling it. You have the time.  You probably have supplied the needed items around the house.  And if you do need something, Amazon and many other stores can get it to you pretty fast.

If the family is at its wit’s end, maybe a family project that keeps everyone working together is the ticket to happiness.  Or, everyone doing their project might be even better.  The idea is that we always wish for time to do something.  Toilet paper might need rationing, yet you, for the moment, have all the time you need.  Use it to your advantage.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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