As I'm sitting at my computer writing this post, my screen is filled with reports of toilet paper shortages, lines of customers wrapped around grocery stores, health and safety recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and of course, new updates about the latest cases of COVID-19 near and far.
No doubt you're probably received several emails from companies assuring you of their heath conscious practices and heightened attention to cleanliness amid reports of the virus making its way across the world.
Root Story Studios joins with those who are praying for relief for those who have contracted the virus and encourage all of our customers to follow the advice of the Center for Disease Control in practicing good hygiene by washing hands frequently, staying home if you are feeling sick and covering coughs and sneezes.
You can find the latest information about the coronavirus at the CDC's website below:
This can be a scary time. My own family is taking precautions to do our part to stop the spread of the virus by practicing social distancing. COVID-19 is something that should be taken seriously, but as with any trial or hardship, it's also important to find the good happening too.
Viktor Frankl said, "When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves."
As we all navigate these times of uncertainty, I hope we all take the opportunity to change ourselves for the better and reflect on the positive stories happening around us right now.
Here is one article highlighting some of those positive stories out of Seattle:
I hope you can take a moment to recognize some of the tender mercies in this challenging time. Below are some meaningful activities you can do at home that will help you find the good in your own story and in the stories of your family.
These are activities that will not only better you, but will also bless your loved ones past and present.
1. Organize Your Photos and Videos
Going through all your old photos and videos can be a great way to cultivate gratitude and relive beautiful memories.
Gather all of your photos together - yes, all those boxes, plastic bags and albums. Be on the look out for duplicates you can throw away and pull out a stack of sticky notes and/or a pen and write on the backs of the photos.
Include details like, when was the picture taken? What's happening in the photo? Where was the picture taken? Your future self and posterity will thank you.
Want more tips on photo storage and organization? Check out this article from Life Storage
2. Write Down All Your Favorite Memories and Stories about a Relative
Pick a dearly departed loved one, pull out a pen and paper, or better yet - create a Google Document your family can share - and write down your favorite memories and stories about that loved one.
It doesn't need to be perfect, write down what you remember and if you can, include some of those pictures you just organized.
Also take a moment to write down what you loved most about this loved one, what were some of your favorite characteristics and qualities about him or her? This exercise can be very inspiring, especially if you pair it with family history research on a site like Ancestry.com or FamilySearch.org.
3. Write Down or Record Some of Your Favorite Memories or Stories from Your Own Life
We are living in historic times. Now is a great time to sit down and record your own life history. Open up a Google Doc, Word document or use a plain old pen and paper. Again, it doesn't have to be perfect. Just write it as you remember it.
Not sure where to start? Start with what's happening right now. What's going on in your life? How has the pandemic impacted you?
Want to start documenting your story further back? StoryCorp is a great place to find all kinds of great questions for yourself or loved ones.