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Everyone on this earth has been impacted by the Corona Virus, and, to this day, many of us are still being affected directly, or indirectly by the Corona virus (Covid-19). For many of us, it was an unexpected shock of events. Everything we knew, everything that was our life was literally changed in what seemed like a blink of an eye. After three months or so of a mandatory shut down, we were forced to start wearing masks, department stores shut down, grocery aisles missing essential items, and so much more. I can go on, but I believe you get the point. In all of this crisis, these are the four lessons I learned from the crisis, and I believe I will hold on to these lessons for the rest of my life.
Lesson 1- True Riches Are Found At Home
Many people found themselves having to spend more time with family members that they barely saw or interacted with prior to the quarantine. I read a beautiful testimony of a celebrity who had filed for divorce from his wife of many years prior to the quarantine, but right after the mandatory shutdown, the man withdrew his request. He stated that he was so focused on the wrong things that he neglected the precious gift he had at home. I believe many of us realized the importance of our loved ones during the shut down. We had the revelation of how our immediate family members are the most important, if not the most valuable assets we have on this earth. As we move on in life, may we never take them for granted.
Lesson 2- You Are More Creative Than You Think
During the quarantine, I was not only my oldest daughter's mom, but I had to become her school teacher. Talk about a tough job. I appreciate teachers more because of this experience. In my head, I always thought I would only teach my kids about everyday life, and maybe help with a few school work here and there. But, quarantine definitely has changed the way I interact with my kids (Thank God). I started thinking about a teaching plan on getting my girl to learn her Alphabet and spell her name. I ended up going to the dollar store purchasing posters, letters, crayons, etc. to help her anyway I could. Long story short in a two month period, my daughter now knows all the letters in the Alphabet, and knows how to spell her name. Quarantine literally forced me to think outside of the box. Teaching my daughter was just one of many tasks I ended up having to become creative about. Many people I believe experienced the same. I witnessed various creative projects that came out of the lock-down season. People online creating their own masks, some starting online businesses, others having virtual birthdays, and so much more just to name a few. We all have that creative mindset, and we need to start using it often for the good.
Lesson 3- Your Problem Is Not Time, But Discipline
Everyone on this earth is given 24hrs in a day. No one can say that they are not successful because they only have a few hours in the day. It does not compare, it is all equal. During the forced quarantine, we all literally had more time on our hands than before. Some of us who had to drive in traffic, we are now working from home. This change alone, gave us back approximately 2hours in our morning routine. Time is such a valuable gift that I don't think many of us understand its importance. During quarantine many of us finally had the time to start that exercise program (me!), start that business, write that book, need I say more. Basically, if you came out of this quarantine without obtaining, learning, or expanding yourself, than you missed one of the greatest opportunities I believe was given to us. The quarantine was not time for us to watch T.V. and others on social media. There is a time and a place for that, but it should not take your whole entire 24hrs. It was in my opinion, time to cultivate, time to re-plan, and to review many things in our lives. I personally used this quarantine to do things I would have never have done before. When you exercise discipline, you know the value of your time.
Lesson 4- Christ Is Still At The Center
This has to be the most important lesson, and should be #1! With all the heartache that came with the Corona Virus pandemic, many people lost their lives (very sad situation). My heart goes out to those families. I am grateful to every essential worker that literally held us down during the shutdown. I noticed that FEAR has taken over a lot of people's lives due to the pandemic. People literally have become afraid to come 6ft of another individual. During the first wave of the pandemic, we were all using Lysol products, hand sanitizers, gloves, washing our hands more often than ever, etc., just to make sure we do not get infected. I remember coming out of CVS, and a gentlemen was walking opposite of me, and he literally jumped on the other side of the walkway so he would not be close to me. I just laughed, because in that moment I said to myself he probably has the disease himself, lol. In all this, there people who are still looking for a permanent solution before things get worse. The honest truth is that Jesus Christ is the only reliable, unchangeable, and Savior of the world. Our true security is in the Lord. We can take all the physical precautions possible (Which we should), but are we doing the same in our walk with the Lord? Quarantine was a reminder to keep Jesus at the center of it all. For those who lost their ways to renewal their relationship with Christ. I literally found myself praying more, repenting more, and forgiving anyone I still had a grudge against. Being forced to shut in taught me that Jesus can come back anytime, and I asked myself; am I ready to answer Him if He showed up today? We have to keep our lamps burning (Matthew 25v1-13).