Top 25 Lessons from "Stay-at-Home" Life

1. Our children are amazing. They give (and continue to do so) bravely and selflessly in this endeavor, at an extremely high personal cost. All of us can learn from them.

2. Look to family, friends and community, for support and opportunities to give.

3. Pray. Take a giant leap of faith that this too shall pass.

4. Laugh. I’ve come to appreciate my kids’ Tik Tok habits and movies such as Bride Wars.

5. Be kind. Every day.

6. Life is so much better with a dog.

7. Cook. IMO, my food is better (healthier, tastier, cheaper, and more fun to make). I can't believe that I went 48 years without a bread machine,and that it took a pandemic for me to run this incredible machine. Restaurants / take out can be a once in a while thing. Starbucks -what’s the point of a $5 coffee (or haha, Alfred for a $10 latte)? My other new favorite thing Bialetti Stovetop Espresso Maker.

8. Savor a glass of wine. It’s a beautiful thing.

9. Live in the moment. One day at a time.

I can learn from the past but I can’t change it. If I am to busy with planning the future, I miss out on the present.

10. BE. Take the opportunity to look at myself. Who am I? What do I want? What do I need? What can I offer my family, the community and the world? And how will I accomplish it?

11. I will not be here forever, so it’s my job to live my best life. It’s not too late to reinvent myself.

12. Technology is the future. And yes, I bribed Spectrum technician with significant sum to fix my WiFi.

13. Be a good citizen. Contribute to society. Thank and value my fellow citizens (especially health care workers, first responders and essential workers)!

14. Pick up the phone. Don’t wait for a pandemic to make the “humble call.”

15. Nature is in charge. Thank goodness for science.

16. We absolutely can change the environment. Case in point: the dramatic improvement in Los Angeles air quality during the stay at home period.

17. Also we have the unique power to implement change in other areas. As a society, when we understand that “we are all in this together,” we can tap into our ability to address many things that we haven’t had the fortitude to do (homelessness, access to health care, public services, unity of leaders, employee protection, inequality in education, world politics, peace).

18. Set boundaries with the news media and Facebook. I will read enough to stay informed and shape my life, but neither CNN nor Fox will run my life or eat up my time. Carefully curate information from reliable sources.

19. Cut out the noise. Politics can be a bunch of noise. There is other noise too (certain people, tasks, rat race, etc.). Silence is beautiful. So is laughter.

20. Help others. A small act, such as running an errand or making a meal for someone, can actually make a difference.

21. Take care of my health and my family’s health, both physically and emotionally.

22. Be prepared for the unexpected. No one is immune. Save for a rainy day.

23. Less is more. Buy experiences, not stuff.

24. Hugs are a necessary and wonderful ingredient for a good life. Don’t go a day without one.

25. Gratitude is the way home. ♥️

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