Wow, you guys. Never in a million years, did I think that the response to Monday’s post would have been what it was!
I think it’s so remarkable how this quarantine is something that – as a global community – we’re collectively living through together. And as a result, we’re all learning uniquely individual things from it.
So thank you for taking the time to share what you’re learning from this time of lockdown.
It was really fascinating to read all of your responses. The overwhelming majority of responses had to do with communication and interpersonal relationships. Which has been the same for me.
I’ve really learned a lot about how much I value and appreciate the small effort of a phone call or FaceTime. I’ve been so impressed by the relationships in my life that have really shown up and stepped up their communication game. And oftentimes from surprising sources.
Another common lesson of quarantine you shared is how it is really impacting relationships. I loved reading how the togetherness is giving people a new found appreciation for your families and loved ones! Taking walks, doing fun activities together – like puzzles, cooking. It’s a special time that a lot of you are really cherishing.
There was A LOT of appreciation and prayers for medical workers and those on the front line of the fight against the coronavirus.
As well as a new (or renewed) devotion to, and dependence on God. One friend in particular shared this quote, that I thought was really moving: “We have no right to judge where we should be put, or to have preconceived notions as to what God is fitting us for. God engineers everything; wherever He puts us, our one great aim is to pour out a wholehearted devotion to Him in that particular work. ‘Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.’” Oswald Chambers
People are learning new skills! Many of which are therapeutic in and of themselves: musical instruments, cooking, painting, dancing, journaling, writing poetry, sewing masks! One friend even learned how to make ice cream! YUM!
With changing realities around jobs and social interactions, people are gaining new perspectives on themselves, and their self-worth. One friend shared this quote, that I found to be especially powerful: “It’s not how much you do that’s important, but who you are.”
You shared that you’ve found a new appreciation for a lot of little things: like going to church, our “little” everyday liberties, our mundane routines, our coworkers, the wildlife outside our windows, reading books.
And there were a lot of people who are really enjoying this slower pace of life!
Lastly, the most common response, was the realization that we were created for community. There is a yearning in our hearts for connection during this time when we are being starved of that physical togetherness. And I wholeheartedly relate. And it makes me so grateful for this little community we have here 🙂
It was really really insightful to hear your thoughts, so thank you for pouring out your hearts. Check out the post if you’d like to read more of the enriching responses!
Well, tonight, to keep with this week’s “let’s lighten things up, let’s have a little interactive fun” theme, I thought it’d be kinda fun to play Quarantine Superlatives.
Fun Fact, my Senior year — despite being in the throes of anorexia — I was voted Most Likely to Star on Broadway. Which is hysterical.
But Here’s How You Play:
I’m going to just spout off some fun quarantine related superlatives, and if you feel like joining in the fun, you can share you own answers, or come up with new superlatives of your own in the comments section! Answer one, a couple, add your own – just have fun! 🙂
BEST QUARANTINE PURCHASE: Evergreen Scented Candles (So that my apartment smells like Christmas) It’s been a game changer.
MOST EXCITING PART OF THE DAY: The 7pm Cheer for the hospital workers. I bang my pots and pans out the window. MORE COWBELL!
BEST QUARANTINE ADVENTURE: Running to Central Park and exploring, and then walking back in the freezing cold through an empty Times Square. There was an old man who was playing an old Chinese string instrument by a deserted fountain. It was hauntingly beautiful.
BEST DAY OF THE WEEK: Thursday – because there’s that feeling of mischieviousness when you have a drink with your friend over FaceTime. Kinda like have a sleepover on a school night.
BEST HOME WORKOUT SONG: Safaera by Bad Bunny. That song hits
BEST TOILET PAPER BRAND: Charmin Ultra Soft, no competition
MOST SURPRISING “HOMEBODY” QUALITY I’VE SECRETLY ENJOYED: Living in sweatpants
BIGGEST KITCHEN FAIL: Dropping a block of cream cheese on the floor making this dip.
BIGGEST KITCHEN WIN: Making this ice cream!
BIGGEST TIME WASTER: Tic Tok videos
BEST TIME WASTER: Instagram memes
BIGGEST LAUGH: Having a “wardrobe malfunction” while on FaceTime with my two best friends. Oh. My.
BEST CORONA-TIME BIBLE VERSE: Psalm 23
WORST QUARANTINE TREND: Either Quarantine mustaches, OR the Instagram Pushup Challenge
HARDEST ITEM TO FIND BESIDES PURELL: Frozen Pineapple — shockingly difficult
BEST QUARANTINE PODCAST: The Morning Toast
BEST BINGED TV SHOW: The Office – classic
THING YOU REALIZED YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: hugs
BEST NEW HABIT/PRACTICE YOU’VE ADOPTED: Teaching my nieces music lessons over FaceTime
OK — now it’s your turn to play along!! What are some of YOUR superlatives? I’d LOVE to know!
Have a great weekend, and I’ll talk to you soon!
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