It's only temporary

I was in Walmart a few days ago when the sweetest, softest voice caught my attention. I heard a little girl standing a few feet away from me say, "wow Mommy, the world really is coming to an end." Surrounded by adults in masks and empty grocery store aisles, I can imagine how kids must feel scared. Schools and businesses are closing, hospitals are full, and there's no toilet paper. I know it seems like the world is coming to an end, but reassure the anxious ones around you that it isn't. Breathe, and repeat after me: "everything will be okay. We will get through this."

Maybe social-distancing is a blessing in disguise. I know it can be hard to fathom that right now, but if you don't see it that way, try to imagine it, even for a second. Maybe this is a wake-up call to get off our phones, get rid of bad habits, or save money. Read that book, make that craft, or start that workout. Most of us were given a chance to forget about society and live in the moment. We were given a chance to reconnect with our families and loved ones, rediscover ourselves, and catch-up on hobbies we've gotten too busy to enjoy. The virus cleaned our environment, united our communities, and reminded us how precious and limited our lives are. Businesses will reopen, and stores will restock, but this limited time to spend with our families may never come again.

Stay safe, stay home, and give your loved ones an extra hug today. It may get worse before it gets better, but remember, it's only temporary. Blue skies are ahead.