Talking with friends recently, I found myself expressing gratitude for the good things in life. It's too damn easy to focus on negativity during this pandemic.
For me, I'm thankful I'm no longer responsible for employees, clients, suppliers, etc. In my former life, I ran a marketing agency and if that were the case now, I'm not quite sure how I’d be handling the ability (or lack, thereof) of being able to carry on despite the Covid-19 virus that has virtually shut down so many businesses. Pretty sure marketing would not be declared an essential service, so that would leave me fretting about addressing client needs online, keeping employees engaged while they work from home, paying the rent, and generally hoping everything works out well. Truth is, life in the pandemic world is crazy enough without having business pressures added on. So I'm happy – and grateful – not to have those challenges to worry about.
Another positive thing these days is that, on balance, I recognize how lucky I am. Ever since taking up writing full time, I've worked from home, so this whole self-isolation thing is not too foreign or too onerous. (It was Allan Fotheringham who told me when I interviewed him at his charming Toronto home for my book "Why Being Happy Matters", "Writing is the loneliest profession. It's the only job you do totally on your own.") Sure, I miss being able to see my family. And yes, I miss being able to take Molly and Macy to the off-leash park and let them run around and burn off doggy energy. And yup, sure wish I could get together with the lads who comprise The Midlandaires band and sing with them on Fridays at The Legion… (or at least, we used to: hopefully we'll do so anew once the virus disappears.) But again, on balance, I have very little to complain about.
So, here's to being able to say goodbye to Covid-19 soon… And here's also a toast to the good things in life. Let's not forget 'em. And remember to count your blessings during the pandemic.
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