This week has been wild, y’all.
I don’t have to give you the #Coronavirus2020 update because you are likely inundated with information, not the least being President Trump’s address to the nation this afternoon.
What I find fascinating at the moment (and hey, don’t hold me to it–it could change by tomorrow) is the way that the private sector is handling the pandemic. Businesses sending employees home for an undetermined amount of time; schools closing and/or extending spring break; airlines and restaurants feeling the crunch; conferences and cruises and theme parks going dark; and churches nixing the public gathering and moving to “digital” worship services. At the moment we are all finding our sea legs, but economically speaking, hard times are surely ahead.
If you’re joining the millions who are suddenly forced to study or work from home due to the virus, maybe this typical schedule (with helpful tips) from our favorite office furniture company will be of use. My husband and I both use Autonomous chairs–they are the best!
Here are a few of my own work from home tips:
- stick to a morning routine (make bed, get dressed, have breakfast, etc.) to tell your brain and body that this is a “work day”
- stick to your ideal work schedule (focus on when you are most productive) and let your family/close people know about that schedule
- and don’t take your work to bed (no laptop in bed at night!)
Just for fun: working from home BINGO!
Parts of Europe are looking like a ghost town, especially noticeable in Italy’s lockdown.
Theological and ethical commentary on our response to the virus from Roger Olsen.
EDIT: thanks to friend of the blog Brandi J, here’s an excellent playlist of Songs of Comfort for these here crazy times.
And if you feel like spending some of that “social distancing” time by reading, here are a few recent blog posts:
- On being an embodied sacrament
- When trust means not understanding
- and thoughts on friendship in your thirties
Also, my recent book picks:
- On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life that Lasts
- The Phantom Tollbooth (our boys LOVED this!)
- and go ahead and pre-order this one, it’s gonna be good!
Finally, my guilty pleasure TV/movies picks:
- Better Call Saul Season 5
- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (and there’s a sequel!)
- and if you’ve somehow missed bingeing The Crown, NOW IS THE TIME.
Okay, that should keep you guys busy for a few minutes.
I would be remiss if I didn’t also encourage you to take an extra bit of time to sit quietly with the Lord–for me, in times of heightened social anxiety, it helps to start my day in this manner. God is faithful to make his love known to us when we seek with open hearts. Now is the perfect time to go to Jesus. None of this is news to him–Christ is the solid rock! We are his people–being built on the unshakeable foundation–and made into the Spirit’s dwelling place. In times of widespread fear, we can rest in that truth.
“Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.”(Eph. 2:20-22)