I think the expression that I’ve heard more than any other lately is uncharted waters. Our country and the rest of the world is going through something that we’ve not experienced before. Not lately, anyway. And that’s why we’re on uncharted waters. But we’re all on the same ship, and we’ll sail through this together.

In the meantime, I have been noticing some good things coming out of this strange trip. First of all, people are definitely spending more time thinking about cleanliness, handwashing and germ spreading. I think we’ll be much more careful about things like this in the future. We will habitually be washing for at least 20 seconds, coughing into tissues or elbows, etc. And that’s a good thing.

I’ve also noticed, at least in my case, that I’m contacting people to make sure they’re okay. I hadn’t talked to my brother in over a month, but we talked this week. And I’ll call him in a day or two. I always talk to my sister in Ohio, but now we’re talking more often. We’re calling and texting friends we haven’t spoken to in ages. Checking up on neighbors Because we want to make sure they are alright. And that’s also a good thing.

Families are spending time together. At home, not running from one activity to another. Maybe a good time to get into the habit of family meals together. Or games. Closets, basements, attics and garages are getting cleaned out and organized. These are not bad things.

And when it’s all over, and it will be, we’ll be living a cleaner life in a cleaner home with a new appreciation of family and life. And that’s a really good thing.

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