I miss you. I miss hanging out. Doing life together. You see, I’m an extrovert. I feed off of people. In fact, I’m the CEO of my blog: The Chief Encouraging Officer of People. That said, this Coronavirus, “social distancing” thing truly stinks!
Since creation, we were never meant to be alone.Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
God did not create JUST Male. He did not create JUST Female. He created Male AND Female. There was no social distancing in the Garden of Eden. This is not how life is supposed to be. That said, I totally understand the reasoning behind our current, “social distancing” suggestion.
Over these last few weeks, I’ve made a mental checklist of what “social distancing” has done. These are in no particular order.
- I miss hanging out with people.
- I’m bummed that several Spring Races have been put on hold.
- I miss hugs. (no shame here as I’m a hugger)
- I miss Social Gatherings. (Church, grabbing coffee)
- I miss running with a group.
- I miss my favorite restaurants and stores.
- I’m sad that my daughter’s musical, and the rest of her Senior Year, could be cancelled.
- I miss March Madness. ( Especially Spartan Basketball)
- My kids, and several friends, miss getting a paycheck.
- I miss eggs, flour and toilet paper on the shelves.
Now, here are 10 encouraging things “Social Distancing” has created.
- A new appreciation for hanging with my friends.
- It’s great to have all of my kids home. (College Campuses are closed)
- I don’t see near as much division between people.
- My house seems cleaner. (What else is there to do?)
- People have opened up conversations about Faith.
- We have a new appreciation for the ‘everyday’ things we’ve taken for granted. Like technology.
- I have a new appreciation for all business owners, their staff, waiters and waitresses.
- Gratitude for those serving in the medical field.
- I’m spending a lot less money, as I’ve learned to ration food and materials.
- We’re learning that we CAN do hard things.
What have I missed? Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments below.
While we all learn to adjust to this new normal, I leave you with words from my hero, Jesus.
“Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.”John 14:27
Jesus was, and still is, the “CEO of People”. He came to bring peace. In fact, He actually preferred to hang out with, “rejected” people. Hmmmm. Maybe, because of “Social Distancing”, we can all learn a new, “social thing”, or two?
Keep making a “social” difference. And, Run By Faith.
One thing I’ve taken from this is that we are forced to slowdown. I love that I get more family time. We have reverted back to more simple things like playing cards and board games, are dogs are getting more walks. I do pray our Seniors will still get to have their day of recognition as they are so deserving of it. Selfishly as a mom, I really want to get a pic of my first to graduate in her cap and gown. I do believe God’s got this, we must learn to lean into his peace and understanding. Thanks for sharing Tommy! God bless you.
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You are 100% correct on this one!!!
The one thought I have about social distancing and what the Bible has to say is even Jesus went away to quietly pray. Rather than pray with his disciples he went away. Maybe we need to calm our thoughts and quietly pray. Just a thought.
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That’s a great insight on this!
It’s so tough not being able to hug, high five, fist bump and hang out with friends and family. I too am an extrovert and I agree this isn’t easy. However it makes me have a much deeper appreciation for everyone and I am learning how to hang out with God more than I ever knew was possible. It’s inspiring to hear how so many are getting their creative juices flowing to make the best of this tough and unpredictable situation.
Thank you all for sharing your thoughts and Thank you Tommy for leading this!
You are spot on! When we put Jesus first, everything else will fall onto place. Not easy. Not simply. But, His promises never fail. He promises to never leave us or forsake us!
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