Ten things to be happy about during these times.

 

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This post is dedicated and in remembrance of all those fallen heroes in our country who have fought for our freedoms…never forget all that they have done.

” Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by laws of God and Nature.”

Benjamin Franklin

10 things to be happy about these times.

“Think positive thoughts, say nice things, do good for others., everything comes back.”

I thought I would try something positive when it comes to the Red Monster out there in the world. Not that the Red Monster is anything to be positive about but there is beauty, kindness and love out there and we all need to remember that as well. The anger, negativity and misery seem to be what most people hold onto because it is easier to remember these  kinds of emotions I guess. I don’t really know, but it does seem to be the case. So to switch that up I want to write about some of the good things I am noticing.

 

  1. More people are helping each other. Lots of neighbors and even strangers smiling, greeting from a safe distance and sharing. People are starting to realize just how important we are to each other. Going on walks either here in the city or down a country road in a small town, there are people out just enjoying life. This is what I notice in person but online and in the news there is a whole other story being told about negative things only.

 

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  1. For every negative thing there are at least two or three positives to counter act that.An example of that is mask shaming and following new guidelines when shopping here in our state. There are people being really helpful and nice with the mess of no one really understanding this new way of shopping. They are laughing with each other with the strangeness of looking down at arrows. Most just say “Just shop and try to keep a safe distance because no one is really paying attention to arrows anyway.”. So strange to walk into a grocery store with all these new rules in place, it can make you dizzy if you are not used to it.

 

  1. To wear or not to wear. Most people are following what their guts are telling them. Masks are a choice and even though there were times when they were discouraged to wear during the earlier part of the pandemic because of shortages, people are still following good old fashioned common sense. Everyone basically just does their own thing when it comes to avoiding any sickness and that is wash your hands, wear masks, get lots of UV out doors, eat fruits and veggies and avoid large gatherings. I think the majority of the population out in the world listens to their gut intuitions rather then so called “Professional groups” anyway.

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  1. Families are spending more time together. I am seeing father’s and sons fishing at the creeks, and families having picnics in the back of their trucks outdoors under shady trees.

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  1. Hobbies are coming back. More people are creating now. Staying off screens and reading, playing cards, board games, puzzles and making things by hand.
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A little bird nest basket I made the other day with some left over rope I had.

 

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  1. Lots of second hand shopping and more people buying locally. Yeah, the larger stores are getting a ton of business too, but that’s because they were opened longer and supplied everyone with products during lock downs. Now that our state is reopened I am seeing people head to small businesses. The mom and pops are allowed to open now and people want to support them, which is better for everyone.
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Unfortunately this mom and pop antique shop did not open until 10 am the day I went early. We still needed to drive back to the city so I will visit it the next time I am up north at Our Little Red House.
  1. Less traffic means less pollution. Less people leaving their homes.The planet is getting a much needed break.

 

8. The shortages are making people get creative with either living without or designing things for themselves. In my neighborhood here in the city there are tables set out with food for people who may need it. Some people trade supplies this way, making and giving out free  home made masks to each other. They are using vacuum filters, and other things to add to the filter pockets. We even have an online neighborhood site where people share supplies with each other and let everyone know where supplies are when out shopping themselves. It is a nice thing to see when people look out for one another.

We also have many companies that are switching things up and instead of making what they normally made at their factories they are concentrating on making masks and other items that we are short of. Here in Arizona we have a N95 factory in production making enough masks now to not only supply us here in our country but we are also sending supplies to other countries.

  1. Countries are becoming more united, not being ashamed of celebrating their countries pride. They  help encourage each other within their own countries all over the world. I have noticed American flags being put up everywhere around my state with signs that say “Stay strong.”

 

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  1. We are all conserving more and not being as wasteful. Neighbors ask each other if they need an item before tossing their things to a dump. I always promoted this in my blog posts for years and now I am seeing this simple way of living becoming the new normal.

 

11. Everyone is starting gardens and sharing tips and ideas about growing things. How to prepare the dirt, what animals are easiest to raise, and the best part is the seeds we all share with each other as well. There are even people getting really creative with hydroponics and growing things inside their homes more. If we can’t find something we either make it with what we have around or we ask a neighbor if we can borrow theirs, just connecting and helping out where needed.

 

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A beautiful garden up north in the high country. The older man tending this garden looked to be in his 80’s, he had such a beautiful garden all around his home. He knows what he is doing.
  1. There are positive stories and shows being made by people who are turning things around from the negative. New sites and streaming channels where you get positive and happy programs instead of the negative stories that seem to have ulterior motives to their story lines, we all can see this, we know what is happening. People are turning those channels to other shows or turning them off completely. They are making the necessary changes in their lives and their children’s lives to teach them about those things in life that are beautiful, not those dark subjects that make us all feel hopeless.

That is it so far. This pandemic is opening a lot of our eyes to positive changes we all need in our lives. Everyday I am thankful for any joy and happiness I experience. There are plenty of negative things being pushed out there as happening but when you look around you notice that this is not true.

If any of you out in the world are noticing changes for the better please share below. Please keep the sick and ones who have lost people they love during this pandemic in your prayers. Stay safe out there and God bless you all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 Comments Add yours

  1. The bird in the nest is so cute!!

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    1. Thank you Michelle. I love anything chunky and that little bird was chunky and colorful.

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    2. Binte Bashir says:

      That’s adorable. I loved it too.

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      1. Thank you, I love how chunky he is.

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  2. Binte Bashir says:

    Wonderful post and the pictures are beautiful.
    I simply loved the third one where the unpaved road leads to the hill.

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    1. Country roads like that are so inviting. If you keep driving there is a creek up ahead. A friend of mine owns property passed that road and my family and I used to have camp fires and meals out in her wooded area. There is a path that leads through the woods that is right next to several wild blackberry bushes so the deer are always walking it. I will have to find some of those photos to share with everyone in next months updates.

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  3. Binte Bashir says:

    Positive post positive vibes. It’s the way we see things that make them either positive or negative. In the times that we all are facing we can either make the best of what we are going through or keep complaining and nagging and being irritable.

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    1. Very true, it can be easy to get stuck in the negative if that is all you see or watch but there are good stories out there.

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      1. Binte Bashir says:

        Loved the post.

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