Quarantine Mentality – Be Thankful

As the Corona-chan panic takes over the entire United States I have remained in a fantastically optimistic mood. This isn’t exactly typical for me, but I am glad to see that my efforts to be more grateful in my daily life are bearing some fruit. I was initially very upset by the forced closure of the company I work for, but after sleeping on it I began to see all sorts of silver-linings, both financially and otherwise. Then again, as an off-the-charts introvert this quarantine is uniquely suited for me. Vox posted the below graphic a few weeks ago and it certainly applies in my case, too.

My financial fears were eased by the announcements of the relief packages discussed by the Trump administration. That did leave to an ensuing concern regarding inflation, and incidentally, my depreciated salary, but I am working on hedging that inflation through investment right now. Only time will tell if I made a wise decision by throwing money into oversold stocks.

From a daily activity standpoint, I have been very excited! I normally work 50-55 hours a week and I am reduced to approximately half that during the great shutdown. This gives much more time to spend with my family, which is a treat that I am not often able to enjoy. It couldn’t be at a better time either as my second-child is due to be born during this quarantine. Plenty of time now to assemble the crib and prepare my house for a natural home-birth! Additionally, I have much more time available to dedicate to this blog, my youtube videos, and the several books that I have been trying to finish reading.

I’ll concede that I was extremely disappointed last night to find out that my gym officially closed its doors for quarantine. To the gym’s remarkable credit, they were determined to stay open throughout hysteria. They issued a letter about that desire last week saying that staying open was keeping people healthy during a viral scare and wanted to continue to pay their employees. Nevertheless, the local government forced one of their locations to shut down, which led to a domino effect for all of the locations in the company. As someone who has become accustomed to my 4x per week brain chemical-rush and heart-pounding workouts I had a bit of anticipation withdrawals in hearing the news about the closure. I quickly researched if other workout options were available and discovered that all gyms would be forced to close state-wide as of this week. Despair.

But really, I am long overdue for a rest week and my muscles and joints have that deep pain that can only be healed by taking a week off. I know this is the case because my sleep quality has been deteriorating lately and that is a sure sign that my nervous system needs a short hiatus. After the rest week, I’ll begin doing body weight workouts down at my local park. If they make this damn ban go longer than two weeks, then I’m going to have to break in to my local gym or begin bribing the owner. Whatever it takes.

So, all in all, I am being quite productive and seeing the bright-side. I think faith undoubtedly plays a strong role in these types of situations and it quickly becomes obvious who is a Christian and who is not. We who bend the knee to Jesus Christ know that no storm is too powerful to be weathered. The Lord taught me about a decade ago how to live in poverty and it clearly is a lesson I will never forget. Once you go voluntarily poor, as I did for three years, you realize that certain things in life are nice to have, but you certainly do not need all of the useless shit that materialistic society says that you do. Luxuries can be nice occasionally, but never become spoiled by them. Christians love to quote Phil. 4:13, but fail to realize that the context is about taking different economic circumstances in stride…

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:11-13

Sometimes you’ll be rich. Sometimes not. The economy will recover. Or it won’t. As Christians we need to learn how to be above these concerns, like Jesus & Paul were. Prosperity is great, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not everything. We should work hard to receive our wages, do our best, and all of the other platitudes, but at the end of the day, our treasure is in heaven and so much of what happens is out of our hands.

So, try not to be gloomy and despairy. It’s kind of pointless and is not an attractive quality. And what are without our sexiness, anyway? Make the best use of quarantine time like these individuals.

Learn to walk your dog, even if you can’t go outside!

Embrace the quarantine lifestyle!

Enjoy the simple things in life… like my son does…

But worse case scenario… take the very conservative approach to the coronavirus like these young healthcare advisors…

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