This is going to be a happier post than the past few weeks. While the COVID-19 conditions aren’t cheerful or awe inspiring, I am finding gratitude in these moments.
I’m still grateful that the VP at my full-time job gave me access to the WiFi network to work from home. This week has been going smoothly, and it’s nice that the office still e-mails me to see how I’m doing. Next week others will have their Ethernet systems to work from home, but I will still keep in touch. When I reach out to others, others reach out to me. Two of my co-workers called me Monday morning when I wasn’t in the office to see if I was okay. I’m grateful and once things return to normal, I think I’m going to make the VP a thank you card (or would that be too much?).
This afternoon I took a break from walking and decided to sit with dad in the living room while I ate. Since he only works two days a week (until retirement, then he’ll get another job), he was home. It was nice being able to chat and it has been nice eating lunch at home. Thankful for my family.
I’m thankful for Anna. Since I’ve felt blessed about my job situations, I’ve wanted to help others who are less fortunate. I was thinking of helping Jac. I asked Anna for her opinion and she said, “Jess, you mean well, but think of yourself.” I’m going to pay off more debt, so I do want some savings. I did ask Jac if he needed any help and he simply said, “just keep listening and supporting my music.” I’m thankful for Anna’s reminder and I’m thankful that Jac doesn’t take advantage. I’ve been trying to pal around more with people who don’t abuse my kindness. I also thought about it too, Jac used to work full-time and I’m sure he’s fine. I’m sure most self-employed people are fine, even if they have to be lean. I think we all have to be lean during these times.
I’m grateful for an early spring. Today is the first day of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere (first day of Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere) and everything is in bloom. I’ve been taking photos of the blooming trees and flowers while on my walks.
I’ve sent around photos to co-workers from both jobs and friends; they’ve loved the beauty and love the inspirational e-mails. I’ve been trying to uplift people as much as I can. I am grateful for the internet and how it allows us to keep touch in trying times.
I’d like to share a few songs that have brought me some joy the past few days:
Please, say some prayers for us. One of our elderly friends went to the hospital in the ambulance. We don’t even know what’s wrong. I was on my walk and saw it, so I walked over. They’re in their 90s, so my anxiety was spiked. I’m an introvert, but this is why social distancing is hard. I miss my small communities.
What are you thankful for?