Many Americans have been under stay-at-home orders for at least three weeks now and, for some, it feels like an eternity. Three weeks of working at home with or without a house full of children, who require constant care, engagement and supervision, can be enough to test anyone’s patience and tolerance.
Then, there are some people who wish they could stay at home with their loved ones, safe and secure in the notion that they are not directly at risk of being exposed to the coronavirus disease. These Americans are our nation’s heroes. They are the health care workers who help keep us safer by treating those who are ill and helping to prevent the disease from spreading. They are also other essential workers, such as law enforcement who keep our communities safe; grocery store clerks who keep stores open so we can continue to shop for food; drivers who transport supplies to keep stores stocked; tradespeople who keep our phone lines, internet service, electricity, and plumbing running; and post office and special delivery workers who bring us mail to help lift our spirits. There are dozens more, but you get the picture.
So, while we might think life is inconvenient right now, it is even more inconvenient for others. In life, there will always be people who have it easier than us and there will always be people who have it harder. All we can do is manage our own attitudes and actions to make the most out of any chapter in our lives.
This pandemic will dog-ear this chapter of our lives for years to come. In fact, this year will go down as the worst chapter in the books, or will it? That is for you to decide.
So, ask yourself, which story will you tell? Will you talk about how tolerant you became with your new lifestyle or how intolerant you became? Will you talk about how it brought your family, neighbors and community closer or how it divided you? Will you talk about how inconvenient life became or how much you had taken your pre-coronavirus life for granted? Will you talk about how much more patient you became with your loved ones or how impatient you became?
The best tools you have at your disposal are patience and tolerance. We all have the ability to be patient, but it is your choice whether or not you want to use it, exercise it or practice it. Before this pandemic, when was the last time you practiced patience or tolerance? How much did having patience or tolerance affect the outcome? Was it worth it? Patience and tolerance can be the game changers in your story. The story you tell years from now will reflect how much patience and tolerance you have right now.
I hope you have enough patience and tolerance to make it through another week and I hope you become a more patient, tolerant and compassionate person in the end. So, be patient, my Pineapple. I want you to have a good story to tell for years to come.