PMA of the Day: Socializing Distantly

Having a Positive Mental Attitude does not mean being naive and not realizing that there is darkness and negativity in the world. It simply means to work to find the positive, even in a bad situation like the one we are in now. There’s a virus going around and we are being asked to practice social distancing and to stay indoors as much as possible in order to flatten the curve. It’s scary and it’s bad news.

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For me, personally, I rarely come in contact with many people throughout my workdays. My job consists of walking and caring for people’s dogs (and cats too) when they are not home to do it themselves. So social distancing from humans won’t be the challenge for me. The hard part for me will be social distancing from my furry friends. As I said earlier, having a PMA means seeing the light in the darkness and this past week and a half I have spent more time talking to (not texting with) friends and family than I have in as long as I can remember. I have found these conversations more rewarding than I can put into words. From speaking with people I have gotten their point of view on our current situation which makes me feel less alone and then, without fail, the conversations always veer off in a direction far away from current events.

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Our lives have become so busy these days. With technology, even when we are not “at work” we are still expected to work. No matter how much we may not want to be, we can always be found through email or text. And if we can be found then it is assumed we can work at that (and every) moment. With out busy lives and obligations- work, family, kids, etc.- we rarely find time to connect with the people who mean the most to us. A quick text here and there, maybe a like or comment on their social media posts. But a phone conversation seems so antiquated to the point where receiving an unsolicited phone call from a friend (meaning they called without sending one of those preemptive texts “hey- are you around for a phone call in 10 min?”) we immediately think something is wrong. I’m no different. But the times they are a changin’. This pandemic we are facing is going to change our world. Not all change is bad. It’s already changing me to realize there is time to call a friend- we just have to make the time. The work email can wait. Instagram will still be there waiting for you later. Friends and family are the people in our lives with whom we can relate and who can help to keep us grounded in difficult times. Talking on the phone has helped my spirit immensely over the past week and a half and I plan on continuing to be social…distantly.

 

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