As much as unpleasant Covid-related changes seem to dominate daily life lately, most of us can find one or two of the changes that we’d like to keep. For the 80% of us (or so it seems) who finished a home improvement project during the lockdown, it may be as simple as keeping the fruits of our DIY labors. For others, it may be a major life change, such as working from home.
Unfortunately, the longer we’re stuck with the changes we don’t want, the harder it is to recognize and enjoy the ones we do want. Like pebbles in our shoes, Covid related limitations irritate us day in and day out: having to carry a mask in our back pocket, watching the latest movies on Prime instead of at the theater, worrying about who has what germs when we get together with friends and family.
One way to look at this “in-between” time, when the worse seems to be over but not over enough, is to consider what steps we can take today that will enable us to hold onto the “good changes” tomorrow. As things return to “normal”, it’s going to be harder to spend so much time with family, cook so many homemade meals, go on so many walks, work from home, etc. If we want to keep these things in our lives, perhaps now is the time to take whatever steps we can to make some of the good changes permanent.