Second month under way, Shelter In Place, living with the COVID-19 pandemic. Brings to mind at least a couple other situations where people are living under controlled conditions.
Can you imagine living in a prison cell? 6 feet x 9 feet, your reality up to 23 hours a day. Living confined, no obvious variety to your day-to-day, forced to look within, forced to free your mind, the only space you can truly control.
Or maybe being in outer space itself, on a mission aboard the International Space Station, living in confined and gravity-light environ, spinning around the Earth at 17,000 miles an hour. Your work would consume most of your waking time on the ISS, no doubt, but you would still most likely struggle with the living conditions and monotony.
Or you could be at home, living under Shelter In Place Orders from your county and state. You could be trying to keep yourself and your family healthy and safe in the midst of a global pandemic that’s infected over 2.4 million people (known), and killed more than 165,000 people globally.
It’s not convenient. It’s not easy. It’s not pleasant sometimes, and can be down right challenging; many people feel (rightly so), that their lives have been shaken up, turned upside down.
Yep, it’s not easy, not by any stretch. Then again, it’s within our capabilities, if we have our health and some source of income to keep going. KEEP GOING. We need to take it a day at a time; you might even take it an hour at a time. What can you do next to make things a little better, to do your job, to keep things going forward?
Do that. Then do the next thing.
Step by step, moment by moment. It’s ok. Keep going.
Often times we have to quickly adjust to changing circumstances.
To be successful, we have to do the best with what we have in the moment to create the best outcome possible with given constraints.
When we suddenly were ordered to stay home and “shelter in place”, most all of us had to adapt. Three weeks in, we’re still making adjustments and modifications to plan and place and schedule to accommodate.
Example? Living with four other people in a three bedroom house, you’d think there would be plenty of space. Not so much.
Two of the three bedrooms are only set up for sleeping, really; no desks, tables, etc. to use as work space. So my wife took the third bedroom we use as a reading room. That’s her base and classroom; she does her virtual teaching from there.
The kids are working at the dining table, and using the family room as their play/craft multi-use space. That leave me the garage, which I’m perfectly happy with. We don’t use it for parking vehicles; it’s a multi-use space too.
I started working in the washroom / dogs kennel side of the garage. I set up a make-shift standing desk on top of the recycling bin; that worked for about two weeks.
Now that we’re in this “work from home, shelter in place” mode for at least another month, I’ve moved to the other side of the space, where I already have a desk. I didn’t go directly there because it was piled high with other things (the garage space also function as storage for things only sometimes used). Enough of that though. In pretty short order I cleared, cleaned, recycled, and voila! a whole new look, a whole new functionality.
Amazing what you come up with when pressed. What actions can you take to improve your situation? Look around; there’re likely a few options to choose from. Go ahead, make it a little better. Make it GOOD.