A number of people have asked me what it’s like to shelter at home alone. I’ve given it some thought, and after weeks of this experience, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s a time for gratitude.
Often when I walk down the street I see people walking their dogs, or strolling with another person, then I see someone living on the street, alone. I can’t help but acknowledge that a person is sheltering outside alone. When I get home I sit down and look around at my living circumstances of sheltering home alone, and I am grateful.
I have a pet that eats tunafish out of a can with me. I have tap water. I have toilet paper. I have a yoga mat. I have Netflix. I have a Tempur-Pedic mattress. I have books. I have music. I have a phone. I have anti-bacterial soap, and I have my health.
I have a lot to be grateful for.
In our current times, for some of us, it is easy to dwell on the negative. It can be hard to embrace the positive, but if you take a good look around at your environment and realize all that you have to be grateful you might have an experience that will reshape the person that you are, and allow you to become someone better.
I would like to think that someone who embraces gratitude can walk through life positive, and self-fulfilled. That’s my hope at the end of all this, and I welcome the person that walks out of this shelter at home alone adventure, and never left feeling alone.
Loberg, E. (2020). It Is A Time For Gratitude. Psych Central.
Retrieved on May 16, 2020, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/manic-depression/2020/05/16/it-is-a-time-for-gratitude/