It's not that I've totally wasted the hours of stay-in-place living. On my daily walks I take photos of things that make me smile, like a neighbor's mailbox decor. (I know I'll do something with those photos. Someday.) I've upped practicing my yoga moves to six days a week, thanks to online opportunities, and invested more time into Scripture studies. The Gman is getting home-cooked meals - literally cooked in our home - and the dog hair gets vacuumed up a bit more frequently. I've done video chatting instead of texting, hosted a couple of social distancing porch parties via Zoom, and participated in an online paper arts class in an effort to light some dormant creative sparks.
Still, I can't help but admire those who are harnessing the energy of this enforced slowdown to move themselves - and us - to the next level. Shel Harrington, the Relationship Advocate moved beyond of her comfort level to do her first Facebook live broadcast. Topic? Moving beyond one's comfort level. Joshua Becker at Becoming Minimalist is offering a discounted course to help people utilize this time to pare down to what's important. (Minimalism is a concept I'm seriously attracted to these days.) RobinLK Studios is offering creative paper arts gatherings - previously done at locally owned coffee shops - through Zoom.
Maybe I need to rethink those things I've been wanting to do "when I have time." Maybe what I really want to do when I have time is read and notice things around the neighborhood that make me smile and look at friends' faces when I talk to them from a social distance. And maybe - occasionally - write.