We might think that quarantine is a miserable state. Yet many have chosen to make the best out of this confinement by being productive. For instance, instead of indulging in Netflix, these moms in my neighborhood flex their arms and instantly become business persons selling variety of foods online from roasted chicken to vege-balls, from choco chips to doughnuts. Others offer delivery of fruits, vegetables, meat, and poultry. An enterprising guy thought of delivering bread every Wednesday. These people not only make money but also spice-up the redundant menus of people in isolation.
With much time in hand, closets and drawers become organized, and many lost items are found. Neglected hobbies are getting a comeback, while some discover new ones. Conscientious moms create pocket gardens of edibles, while some utilize pots and old pails for their greens and herbs. Do It Yourself (DIY) has become a necessity in the kitchen. I learned how to make hot chili sauce (Move over Tabasco!) so my son will not miss the zing in his food. Baking of bread becomes regular and unfamiliar recipes emerge out of limited cooking ingredients. Indeed quarantine can stretch our creativity.
We are in an abnormally dire situation. To be discontented and to complain is understandable. Many are in cramped spaces, and food supply is a major issue. However, there is this saying that if we can’t change our situation, we can change our attitude. Our attitude spells a big difference to make this quarantine livable or not. But we need to ask for the grace of God to give us a positive attitude and see the good amid the dark cloud hovering around us. This quote from our Pastor this Easter Sunday is most comforting:
“If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed. If you look within, you’ll be depressed. If you look at God you’ll be at rest.” – Corrie Ten Boom