Staying Positive During a Pandemic: Thankful that I Even Have a Glass to Fill

It’s an uncertain time.

A crazy time.

An unprecedented time.

Businesses are closed, parents have now found themselves at the head of a homeschool classroom, and more and more people are turning to social media to connect, get informed, or just vent out the frustrations they’ve kept bottled up in their heads all day long.

In addition to all the family adventures, craft projects and TikTok videos I’ve seen created in isolation, I’ve also seen a lot of people complaining, comparing and one-upping as to who has it worse during Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order.

I’m not a glass-half-empty or half-full sort of girl. I’m thankful-that-I-even-have-a-glass-to-begin-with sort of girl.

thankful that I have a glassSo, as I scrolled through my social media feed and waded through all those comments, the one thought that kept bubbling to the surface was…

It could always be worse.

Are you an essential worker? Upset over having to report to work through this pandemic? Please remember that many are without a job, a paycheck, or some sense of “normalcy” during a time of great unrest.

Spouse driving you crazy now that they’re working from home too?
Please remember that some people are left shouldering this burden alone. How wonderful that you have someone with you to weather the storm.

Tired of being cooped up in your house and going stir crazy?  
Please remember that you have a house and a safe and warm place to shelter you.

Non-essential and working from home?  
Please remember that many are dealing with a lay-off, furlough, or loss of income. It’s great that your career allows you to do that.

Nervous with what’s happening with the stock market and your 401(K)?  
Be mindful of the people who were planning to retire this year.

Frustrated with the lines at the grocery store?  
You have the means to get to a store during this pandemic, which is something to be grateful for.  Many who rely on public transportation, don’t.

At the end of your rope with your kids?  
Hug those tiny humans. People going through the adoption process, or fertility treatments, or medically unable to have children would love to be in your shoes.

I’m not saying I have all the answers. Far from it.  But what I am saying, is that there’s always a silver lining in every cloud, if you just look hard enough for it.

Half full? Half empty? You have a glass.

And if you’re lucky to have your health during this pandemic, you are certainly lucky enough. Please remember that many are not that fortunate.