If there’s a lesson I’m taking from the pandemic, it’s the importance of focusing on what I’m doing right now and what I need to accomplish today. When planning for tomorrow is almost impossible, it becomes more important than ever to handle each day as it comes. If I let myself, I know that I could get absolutely paralyzed by the questions that just can’t be answered. No, I don’t know when we’ll get to see our out-of-state family again. No, I don’t know what tomorrow holds for various job situations. No, I don’t know if school will go all-remote. No, I don’t know if my family will stay healthy.
But I do know about today. Today, I have a roof over my head and enough food to eat. Today, the sun is shining and there’s a nice breeze. Today, I can do my job to the best of my abilities. Today, I can call and chat with an old friend. Today, I can watch a funny movie with my kids. Today, my family is healthy. And as much as I’d like answers to those other questions, today can be enough. If not today, then just this hour, or even this minute. If not this minute, then maybe the next one.
Everyone’s list of “todays” will be different, but I hope you can find some that will get you through this one. There’s a lot that’s out of our control right now, and that can be OK. Take a note from the kids and just enjoy the moments of sunshine when they happen.