Gratitude In Cleanliness

I thought about disappearing for the Coronavirus pandemic, but then I rethought that. People have told me that they find my content as uplifting and refreshing. Why would I stop producing content that provides comfort in a time where people are most in need of it? I decided I would start posting helpful material as well.

On LinkedIn, Thrive posted a simple hack for washing your hands. Instead of singing “Happy Birthday” or counting, why not say three things you’re grateful for? Counting our blessings relieves stress and brightens our mood.



We’re in a moment of uncertainty, but that is also life. The other day I was trying to remain in my bubble, but instead I’m choosing to accept that we just don’t know what will happen. There’s a lot of uncertainty and I am grateful that I’ve found some kindness along the way. I won’t be able to work at the library during our quarantine, but I will get paid. I also reached out at work and I was given clearance to work from home via WiFi instead of Ethernet (I explained the situation too). I don’t know what the days and weeks will bring, but I accept what will come. That’s the only thing I can do. A therapist I follow on LinkedIn shared this article and I want to share it too: Coping in the Garden of Uncertainty

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Creator of the Happiness Box Project Initiative, a project where you write your happiness or gratitude each day, then open the box in the New Year. The Initiative is to teach joy and gratitude, to pass it on to others.

2 thoughts on “Gratitude In Cleanliness”

  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    It’s great news that you will get paid for your library job during the quarantine and that you can also work from home for your other job. Right there are two things that broke in your favor that you can ponder as you wash your hands. My mind is always busy playing songs, recalling memories and tossing around new ideas, so much so that I often don’t even remember washing my hands. I will need to focus on that and make sure I wash for a full 20 seconds. Mrs. Shady works at a hospital and they have two confirmed cases of Coronavirus. It’s worrisome, but I have confidence the pandemic will eventually subside allowing us to get our lives back to normal. Until that fine day comes it would be wise for us all to follow the common sense principles found in that article you recommended: Coping in the Garden of Uncertainty. It’s a great piece. People have a hard time thinking outside their bubble and to acknowledge the face that “We don’t know. We don’t have control.” People want to know and they want to be in control. When we are faced with a crisis like the current viral pandemic, we can run away and hide or we can choose to live as normally as possible while taking necessary precautions to stay safe. I’ll never forget the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant disaster. I was working in TV news at the time and our station was located some 25 miles from ground zero. One of our news anchors abandoned her post and fled to another state. The rest of us remained behind to gather and report the news.

    Thanks for the useful information in today’s post, dear friend JM, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!


  2. Please don’t disappear! I really enjoy your content and love our conversations. You have such a great outlook on this time of uncertainty. Thank you for sharing the comforting resources too.

    ❤ Alana


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