2020 ~ Silver Lining or Dark Clouds?

This past year we have all been affected in some way by this most recent virus. Like many of you, we spent a great deal of our time at home. As I sit and reflect on the positives that I can take away from 2020, I’ve realized that there are many more silver linings than dark clouds.

Why do I say that? Well, let’s see… I’ve gotten more comfortable with being alone and allowing myself to do something enjoyable with my down time, rather than the household chores that I usually feel that I need to do. I’m not saying that I haven’t ever spent my down time doing something enjoyable. I am saying that I am finally learning how to do this without the sense of guilt that usually accompanies doing for myself. I am finally giving myself permission to immerse myself in me time!

I am learning how to really connect to what my heart is trying to tell me and I feel that I am more in tune with my body and soul. And you know what? I really LIKE who I am! I hadn’t really spent the time to ask myself that question. It’s been a wonderful revelation! Has this past year been all sunshine and roses? No, absolutely not. My husband and I were down and out with Covid for most of November. We haven’t been able to see our elderly parents much at all this past year. I finally got to hug my mom the other day. We have two new grandsons who we haven’t really had much of a chance to bond with since they were born. And, I could go on and on, but I honestly feel so blessed because we are all still here. Our family has survived and we have so much to be grateful for!

So, when you are feeling down, and in a funk, make a list of your silver linings. And YES, create an actual list! What have you discovered are some positive effects of living through a pandemic? After writing your list, do something fun and different at home.

Put on your apron and try a new recipe. Unplug for the night and spread out your sleeping bag and enjoy an indoor picnic. Make some s’mores, get your flashlight and turn off all the lights and tell campfire stories. Play some of your favorite tunes. Find some oldies but goodies and dance like no one is watching. Put on your comfy clothes or pj’s, pop some popcorn and watch an old nostalgic movie.

What are some ways that you have enjoyed your time at home? Share them with us!

I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

The person with the most unique idea will receive a fun surprise from me!

#2020 #silverlining