Silver Lining in A Dark Cloud
There is no need for me to further becry the current situation that we are now experiencing in the World due to Covid-19. We all see and hear and feel the terrible effects of this pandemic– some more than others. I sympathize with persons who have lost loved ones, lost jobs and those who may have contracted this dreadful virus. I pray for your healing, comfort and well-being.
There is a proverbial saying that, “every cloud has a silver lining” and it is used to convey the notion that no matter how bad a situation gets, there is always some good aspect to it. We can all agree that the situation we are presently in is a very dark cloud. But I believe that there is a silver lining for most of us. A opportunity to do things that we might not have had the time to do before. An unusual opportunity!
It’s so easy for us at times to see only the bad aspect of things, like the current restriction in our movement. And sometimes it’s hard for us to see and appreciate the good aspects, like the free time we now have to do things which we could not do before. Here are five ways that you can use this forced downtime as an opportunity to add value to your life and the lives of others.
- Connect with the Divine
I don’t know if you believe in God or not. But if you do, then there is no worthier use of your free time than to draw closer to your creator. And in times of distress, there is no safer and comforting place than in the arms of the loving Father. Feel free to check out my last article, What Do We Do When WE Can’t Do Anything?
- Quality time with family and loved ones
Over the past few weeks, I’ve really enjoyed increased time with my family. I feel like we have bonded more over home-cooked meals, time shared in the living room watching television and even the extra little bickerings that we’ve had lol.
Perhaps you’ve previously been too busy to spend the quality time you wanted to with your family. Perhaps you haven’t kept in touch with certain friends for a long while. Well now is the time to do all that. The good thing is that although we are practicing social distancing, we still have access to people through the internet and social media. Can you imagine if this pandemic/restriction had hit us 10 or 20 years ago?
Usually the world is so fast-paced and it demands a lot of our time and energy. As a result, many of us have become stressed and sleep-deprived. Matthew Paul Walker highlights the importance of sleep in his TEDx presentation Sleep is your superpower. For our own health and well-being we NEED some good R&R every now and again. This forced downtime is an unusual opportunity for us to rest and relax and recuperate. Perhaps there is a great book that you always wanted to read. Perhaps there is a new movie/series you wanted to watch. Perhaps you could never quite find the time to try Shaun T’s T25 fitness program. Well now you have the time to try them all. The world has slowed down for a while and suddenly our 24hrs actually feel like 24 hrs.
One good thing that has come out of this situation for me is the opportunity to learn new skills and work on my online business. With my usually hectic work schedule and other commitments, I wouldn’t have had nearly as much of the time to spend on my business as I now do. Now is a great time to think about and plan for your future.
Maybe, like me, you too want to learn a new skill. Maybe you’re interested in earning additional income. Maybe you’re considering changing your career. Maybe there is something that you’re passionate about but just never had the time to engage yourself in it. Well now you do have the time. You have the unusual opportunity to upskill and reskill for the future.
- Show Charity No I don’t necessarily mean giving money to some charitable organization. Charity in short means to love others. We are all in this situation together but some of us may have things worse than others. Now is the time to rally together as a people and show love to others. Yes, I know… social distancing. But we don’t have to be together physically to show love. We can pray for each other. We can call and check up on persons we know. A friend of mine has been going live online each week, sharing songs of hope and comfort with her friends & acquaintances. A 17-year-old boy created a website, ncov2019.live, to show accurate coronavirus data. You don’t have to be as public as they are. Your charity can be as simple and private as practicing social distancing and personal hygiene to limit the spread of this virus. In whatever way you can, show charity to family, friends, acquaintances and even strangers. Now is the time for us to be our brother’s (and sister’s) keeper!
This is an unusual time in human history. A time that none of us wanted but maybe it’s time that we needed. This is the time that we are in right now and we have no choice but to wait out. So let us be present and look for the silver lining in this dark cloud. You never know, you may well find a hidden treasure buried deep in this field of discomfort.
Use this time as an opportunity to spend time doing what truly matters. Use this as an opportunity to add value. I suggested only five ways that you can use this forced free time, there are countless others. If there are other ways that you can think of or perhaps you are already doing, then I’m interested in hearing. Please comment below.
I pray for your health, safety and well-being.