Home Quarantine Extension: a Problem or a Blessing?

Hey Daddy/Future Daddy!

I hope you are coping well with the government’s imposed quarantine in your respective area.

For some, this “home quarantine” is one of the biggest challenges of their lives so far. People living below poverty line are hard hit, mostly dependent on government’s assistance. Sources of living for some are halted; others suffer from depression and anxiety; all of us are affected in one way or another.

As parents, especially for fathers as the head of the family, we need to stand strong and firm despite the fear of uncertainty and instability. Our families look up to us for provision, protection and peace. The facial expressions and body gestures that we show off in COVID times can greatly affect the atmosphere and spirit in our homes. If we show positivity, we radiate hope. When we smile, we send good vibes. When challenged, we work hard and do the impossible. We are parents! We are fathers! We are wired that way.

Here are three things that we can do to turn this crisis into a blessing! 

1. Set aside the “nega-trons”.

Every day, we get updates about the increasing Covid-19 cases. If we overlook those who are recovering from the disease and magnify only those who die from it, we are part of the “nega-trons.” And we are not helping ourselves, either! Sometimes, when we ponder on the success story of those who have recovered from the disease, we feel energized. Their victories become ours. We are being healed too. So set aside the “nega-trons” in our lives for our family’s sake.

2. Build bridges and connection.

Be proactive in our efforts to connect to our loved ones using our phones and social media platforms. We may have physical social distancing but it doesn’t have to mean isolation. Video chat with friends and loved ones.

For the past few weeks, we’ve been meeting online to pray and fellowship with our church mates and friends. That’s better than doing nothing. Don’t isolate yourself. Building bridges and connection will enhance a sense of community after the immediate health crisis passes.

3. Count your blessings!

You know what, blessings abound every day, every time. We just need to count them. Even those families in desperate situations have something to be grateful for. It could be the gift of time and togetherness; it could be the simple act of their neighbors blessing them with food supplies; it could be the blessing of safety at the comfort of their homes. Imagine the front liners working to keep things going amidst this pandemic. How they wish to stay at home, too, but they never have the chance to do so.

I suggest you jot down all the blessings that you can count since the imposition of quarantine. You will be amazed that this lockdown can be a blessing, in one way or another! #

Words to Reflect:

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” (Psalm 23:1-3, NIV)

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