• Zanna Johns

Silver linings in the dark corona cloud

Updated: Mar 24

I’ve been a horrible hypocrite. It wasn’t intentional. In fact, I didn’t even realize I was being one.

Yesterday, it dawned on me that I’ve allowed all the coronavirus stuff to bring me down. Just last week, I wrote about how my faith was getting me through this tough time.

I thought I was being honest in that post. I was surprised—and disappointed—when the truth hit me.

This low mood is not okay. I’ve spent the past eighteen months or so building up my faith and changing my outlook on life. I’d gotten to the point where I was generally happy. I plan to get back to that state and remain that way, virus or no virus.

The Bible says we are to cast our cares on God. It also says that we are to be anxious for nothing. And Jesus said He came for us to enjoy life.

I'm going to start taking those verses more seriously. I began my path back to happiness by looking for a silver lining in all this coronavirus mess. I managed to come up with four.

The experts say we should practice social distance. I love social distance. I’m a hermit at heart. The more distant others are from me, the happier I tend to be. The virus allows me to be my true, non-social self.

We’re supposed to stay home when possible. If I follow that advice, I won’t be running out to fast food restaurants or making trips to the convenience store for junk food. I’ll have to eat what I have at home. If I want that food to last, I’ll have to eat sensibly, and that’s good for my waistline.

Anyone who’s read my other posts knows that I like playing the lottery. I have no intention of risking my life by going out for a scratch-off ticket.  I won’t be spending money on lottery tickets for the next month or so.

I spend very little on gas these days, as there's nowhere to go except for work. And so my finances have definitely benefited from this corona craziness.

Despite the silver linings, I’ll be glad when this is over. I’m not a fan of being on lockdown.  This is the land of the free, and I miss coming and going as I please.

But even though I’m on lockdown, I’m beginning to think myself into a better mood. And I’ll come out of this thinner and a little richer. I think I can live with that.


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