Do you feel, former procrastinators, as if you’re living “Little House on the Prairie”? Just you or your family all alone? We have it so much better. Pioneers would go months without seeing nearest neighbors who lived miles away or without going into town for supplies.
We’re blessed to still have each other during this isolation. (That’s an interesting sentence.) Thanks to phones and computers we can still connect for conversation, encouragement, even instruction and work. There are exceptions, but for the most part, we don’t have to wonder how Aunt Mabel is getting along, we can ask her. We can order groceries for her.
Consider some other folks. This isolation is not very different for some people. They live alone. They have no family nearby. They know few people and the ones they know don’t reach out often. They’re not engaged in activities. What if TV were your only “company” on a regular basis?
It’s true some people prefer lots of alone time, but we also know true isolation is unhealthy. After this, I want to remember those folks. I’ll need to notice and make the effort to reach out because it’ll be easy to put off. I can make phone calls and have them for dinner. I can pick up groceries and deliver them. I can drop by with flowers from the yard.
One of my takeaways from this is to lessen loneliness for others.
Whose days could you brighten even when this time is over?