To quote my friend Maggie Rowe, “this week has been the hardest year of my life!” Actually, now it’s been more than a month for some of us. Are you struggling with this “social separation” thrust upon us by Covid-19? My friend, you are not alone. Since I work from home, my daily work schedule has not really been interrupted that much. But I have discovered some surprising things about myself. These discoveries have caused me to be a bit more cautious during this time and a bit more contemplative of the spiritual applications.
Discovery Number One: I am way more productive when I cannot leave and go wherever I want. Because of my Rheumatoid Arthritis, I am at the doctor every four to six weeks. And it takes up time. My appointments now have been virtual. Before, when I traveled to Charleston going to the doctor, I might as well stop by my favorite thrift store and then the drug store and then the dollar store, and then the… well, you can see how I sometimes spend the day at the doctor.
Discovery Number Two: I need to have something to look forward to every day besides an Amazon delivery. I have shopped online out of boredom. I am sure internet shopping is way up for everyone since in some areas travel is restricted. I found myself scrolling and purchasing impulsively things I really did not need. I just came back from the post office where I dropped off a return of two shirts I ordered last week. When the shirts arrived, I was puzzled. Did I order these? I don’t need any shirts. Not only did I order two shirts, but I spent $60 online for makeup! What in the world! Getting something delivered does create a sense of anticipation and expectation, but so does scheduling an appointed time to meet up with friends and family electronically. And it’s more satisfying and way less expensive.
Discovery Number Three: This fitness instructor needs daily encouragement to exercise. I have always said that if I wasn’t the instructor for the exercise class, I might not show up. I am trying to do something active every day, but sometimes the day is gone before I look up from my computer. I am now scheduling one thirty-minute workout every day except on the sabbath. I have discovered that if I schedule it, it will get done.
A word of warning from the Bible, “Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise,” Eph. 5:15 (NIV). Let’s learn from each other. Let’s make the best of these days. Let’s commit together to shop with intention, exercise, and eat well, and stay connected to friends and family. We will come out smarter, stronger, and more content.
Vicki Heath is the National Director of First Place for Health. Vicki is a certified fitness instructor for the American Council on Exercise, a certified life coach and Wellness Coordinator for her church in Edisto Beach, SC. Vicki is an author of the books Don’t Quit Get Fit, Wellness Journey of a Lifetime and My First Place. She strives to bring others into the Kingdom through health and wellness.
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