The Benefits Of COVID-19
And no, I am not talking about the unemployment benefits.
I am saying that there are more benefits with lasting positive impact than we can begin to imagine due to our current situation with COVID-19. The first step to being part of the solution is to not be part of the problem. That means our selfish way of life must be acknowledged and put away – not just for this moment in time, not just during this global crisis, but put away … for good.
Here is a short list of things we all must stop doing now:
- Stop saying and thinking: “I am bored. There is nothing to do.”
- Stop sacrificing the needs of others for your personal indulgences and just stay home.
- Stop saying and thinking: “This is bullshit! I am going out!”
- Stop whining about what you do not have or what has been taken away from you.
Look: I get it. I am petrified just like most people. And also, it is sad that some people can care less. I am worried sick about the people who live on hourly wages, the gig workers and freelance artists, the homeless, and especially our elderly and our healthcare workers. The list goes on and on. These people have far more to worry about than anyone else because they have little to no resources. This blog post is NOT for them … although I know many who are more optimistic than people who have an endless supply of everything (something else to think about …).
I have projects and work that needs to be done – let us just turn school into online educational experiences. Got it. Most people never did it before and never had to, so here everyone is. Is it a challenge? YES! Is it hard? YES! However, I believe it is really time for people to learn something new – and heck, people may even find that they like it so much that they will keep their work and save it for future situations like this. And I really do think this pandemic will wake public schools up. It will make them realize that online learning has always been efficient when it is done correctly. Right now, it is not really being done correctly, but this situation did not get created beforehand. Does this mean no more snow days because we can plan for online learning instead? I do think that is what should happen.
Although it is not just school districts that need to learn more about how to increase their effectiveness and efficacy. We are going to learn a lot about ourselves.
We are going to learn about:
- Delayed gratification
We are going to notice things about ourselves and our family members that we never noticed before … and much of it will bring a smile to our faces.
One of the things I am most looking forward to seeing on social media are what children are doing! We have become a society that lives in a world of instant gratification – and the “art” of ART is lost on many of our children because it takes time to create. This is the time for people to realize that our children learn through PLAY. I have said it forever yet no one seems to listen to me. I guess this pandemic has woken people up, and I guess this is easy for me because I am a preschool teacher, but break out the crayons and the construction paper – heck, a good old brown paper bag, paste and popsicle sticks, legos, tinker toys, lincoln logs, and let them draw and build.
Why not join them? Adults need time to create and learn, too.
Break out your instrument if you are a musician who has not played with much sense of discipline in years and create a weekly lesson for yourself. Visions of Dr. Chevan’s journaling method are filling my memory right now! Music students: this is a great time to, as Dr. Chevan puts it, track your progress as to what you are learning and why. Personal growth is what makes or breaks a musician.
You do not need to go out and socialize – you can just stay home and even beautify your yards if need be. I prefer not to do that, rather I am proud to say I have started a habit of walking the entire town trail every day with my mom.
However, I want to admit that it is what happens after all these tangible things that makes me take pause most of all. We are entering a time when self-reflection will (or should) dominate our thoughts. Some will be dragged in this experience kicking and screaming the whole way.
Others will simply stop what they are doing, and recognize how much they have NOT done due to the insane pace of our lives.
I, for one, plan to take a bit of time each day to just sit in silence and take in the beauty of the world around me. I guess walking daily can help with this and my goal of getting more active. The benefits of what COVID-19 is offering us are really there if we just hit the pause button, and truly look.
I hope everyone is staying safe. We will get through this.