Mother Teresa said, “What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”
Maya Angelou said, “I sustain myself with the love of family.”
J.K. Rowling said, “Family is a life jacket in the stormy seas of life.”
George Burns said, “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close knit family . . . in another city.”
Thank you, George Burns! Good for a laugh, but that one may be ringing true for you right now, as families are experiencing closeness like never before! A lot of us are together 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Young children, teenagers, schooling at home, working from home. The house isn’t quiet, attitudes abound, personalities collide, and we are dealing with many things that we never thought we’d need to deal with.
We love our families, and we love being close, but let’s face it, we are in a tough situation that has lasted far longer than any of us ever expected. Families have all been experiencing the ups and downs throughout these many weeks of quarantine, shelter-in-place, stay-at-home, and social distancing. All words we’d like to never hear again.
“Gratitude can transform common days into Thankgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” – William Arthur Ward
We have been thankful to be at home and not stuck in a cabin or on a cruise ship that is not allowed to dock. We have appreciated the safety and security of our home and avoided the uncertainty of all that may be “out there.” We have been grateful for the slower pace, the home-cooked dinners, and the occasional windfall of finding toilet paper on store shelves.
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene, 2006
There has been some dancing in the rain! We are playing board games, working on puzzles, reading books, going for walks, meeting new neighbors (from a distance), listening to birds, planting flowers, organizing photos, cleaning the house, and video chatting around the world.
Like the saying on my wall, enjoy the little things in life for one day you will look back and realize they were the big things.
Over the years, I’ve learned that life is precious. God’s peace truly passes all understanding. We are stronger than we think we are. Our bodies are fearfully and wonderfully made. There are many incredible medical workers and physicians like the late, Dr. John Bostwick of Emory University Hospital, Atlanta who took pride in his work and dedicated himself to helping put women like me back together after breast cancer. Finally, family is worth more than the best jobs and all the money or power available to mankind.
Most importantly, I’ve learned that you only fall off a bicycle when you stop pedaling. I will pedal on until I absolutely can’t feel my legs. And if you need help pedaling, jump on a bicycle built for two! Call a Health Advisor today!
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– STEPHANIE WOLFE, NBC-HWC