And just like that, everything was canceled.
I rubbed my finger over the dry-erase calendar, taking off all the fun things my kids had been looking forward to. Clicked delete on events on my phone.
The busy pace of our world has slowed to a crawl.
Now I make meals at home three times a day. I take a nap if I want to. I look at all the books on my shelf and realize I’ll be able to get to them now.
I think about the basement and the projects I’ve been meaning to tackle.
Now I have the gift of time.
We snuggle on the couch and watch a mindless show and I count my blessings because my kids are healthy and on either side of me.
I shudder when I think of everyone sick and fighting for every breath.
My mind can hardly process that the world is shut down. It feels like 9/11 and yet, completely different.
I’ve never lived through a pandemic before. I try not to think too far into the coming days, weeks, months. I focus on what I can: my kids, our food, our house, our health.
I pray we can stop the spread.
I pray we can go on breathing.
I pray for those already sick and those across the ocean.
I pray that these slower days bring us back to our center and to what really matters: our family, our faith, our next breath.
I pray for all the health care workers and government officials. I do not envy the decisions they are making.
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About the Author
I'm Jen Hickle. I love coffee, journaling, reading, and cozy winter evenings. A business owner for 20+ years, I can't imagine having a "real" job or getting up every morning to an alarm clock. I love my freedom and my family and the chance to encourage fellow business owners every day.