In these uncertain times, it can be challenging to find daily bright spots among so much daily news of rising infection numbers and the vagueness of how long this might all continue. As a small business owner, I find myself contemplating additional layers of worry – like how my family of agents is holding up, how our long-term clients are doing, and how might this impact the housing market once the worst is over.
At the same time, I have found some unexpected comfort and improvements in my day-to-day life, and I wanted to share some of those with you.
1. I pick up the phone more.
As a society, I think we have become so quick to fire off a quick text or check in by email. Lately, I find people are more willing to pick up the phone for a check-in call, myself included. There is comfort in picking up the phone and hearing the familiar voice of family or friends that I may typically send a text to. At the same time, with limited in-person interactions, the conversations I have with my team and clients take on a renewed importance to me – not just professionally, but also as a means of fulfilling the basic need for one-on-one, person-to-person contact.
2. I’ve been able to clean, declutter and prioritize.
While most of us are still busy working from home, we have more down time in the comfort of our own surroundings. I have been able to create checklists of things that we need to get done, and in some cases, I have skipped the list and just completed projects that have been long overdue but have sat on the backburner. The funny part about so many of these things is that they don’t take a long time, but procrastination has pushed them off. From touching up small spots on walls to taking a feather duster to the edges of the ceilings throughout the house, all of these little things have provided a profound feeling of accomplishment.
3. Who knew I could cook?
Without the ability to go out to dinner in a pinch, suddenly, we find ourselves doing a lot more cooking at home. While this isn’t an unusual thing at face value, I have found that I am enjoying the art of cooking more and have enjoyed my time planning, preparing and savoring the meals we make at home.
4. I am getting more fresh air than ever.
Walks are a staple of social distancing. The dog loves it, and it gives us a chance to get outside and see familiar and unfamiliar faces who are all experiencing the same unfamiliar time in their lives. There is reassurance in seeing life continue at a very basic level and knowing that we’re all going to be okay.
5. People are kinder.
Whether I am at the supermarket, on a walk, or working in the yard, I have realized we are all in this together. People are kinder, gentler and more personable.
Let’s face it: New Englanders can be a bit salty and speak only when spoken to, however, I have found myself saying more hellos and receiving more “hello, how are you doing’s” than ever before.
Hopefully, in the course of the coming weeks, we will find ourselves emerging from this unexpected and unfamiliar and uncomfortable public health crisis, but I hope we remember the best parts of it – the parts that have reminded us of our own humanity and the simpler parts of being good people.
In the end, the economy will recover, and the housing market will be fine. The bonus just might be a renewed appreciation for human connection and time with the people who mean the most to us.
Be well, everyone.