Isn’t it wild how much has changed in the past month? In some weird ways I’ve already gotten so used to the “new normal” that I find myself taking pleasure in some pretty ordinary and mundane tasks.
Way back in February I remember not really looking forward to grocery shopping. Now? Woo hoo!!! Bring on the action!!! I was actually, 100% legit, and for reals excited to go do our weekly grocery shopping. My relatively new Thursday night tradition provides a reason for me to get out and explore the big world. Of all the little bits of enjoyment I find in it do you know what I appreciate most? More on that later…
After work we skipped the walk which was particularly humorous to me after blogging about it yesterday. We hopped on our bikes instead and had a wonderful family ride. The feeling of being out in the sun, enjoying the fresh air, and just being outside was beyond amazing. Do you know what I found to be one of the most enjoyable parts of the ride? Hmm…
In these mundane things, these ordinary events, there was a common theme. It was an opportunity to interact with people, in real life, and to see them smile. At the grocery store it was joking around with fellow customers. It was making eye contact and smiling. While riding bikes it was seeing people outside and exchanging pleasantries (from a safe social distance, of course). Waving, smiling, commenting on the weather… all those little things that can so easily be taken for granted.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have figured out how important these things were to me without the current situation? Of course, but that’s not what happened. Funny how many things we can learn through an experience like this.
As Marcus Aurelius once wrote, “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”
Or, as another great philosopher once said, “This is the way.” 😉