2020 Has Been A Doozy Of A Year!
I don’t know about you, but this is not at all what I had hoped for on New Year’s Eve, and I’d certainly go back to that night just to be able to hug people again. (I am a hugger, I miss that the most!!)
This virus seems to be unrelenting, the way we do business now is different, the way we interact with other people now is different, and for many of us, the way we feel on a day to day basis about life now is vastly different.By no means do I mean to down play what we are going through, but I’d like to share a few things that have helped me change my perception of this pandemic from doom and gloom to something much less heavy. After all, our perception of any situation is our reality. And if we have any power over anything anymore, it starts with our own outlook on life.
I was having a conversation with my 5 year old nephew. I asked him how he was and he said, “Well, I want to go play with my friends, but I know that we will all play together soon, and at least at home I don’t have to share my toys and I can play at home because I’m not sick.” And I thought to myself, he’s not stuck on the negative, he knows this will end and that he will get to play with his friends again. He understood something that I hadn’t yet figured out, and that was how to have fun even though everything was so different. You see, I was so focused on the fact that everything was different and I wanted so badly for everything to go back to “normal”, that I hadn’t stopped to think what good could be found in this new time.
So, for those of you who have struggled with finding joy in these current times like I have, maybe try to channel your inner 5 year old and try to find even the smallest good thing to focus on. Here are a few of mine;
- Our business hours are still scaled back a bit, which gives me a little more time to do the things that I enjoy doing outside of work
- We are doing curbside adjustments and dispensing which gives me the opportunity to be outside during the day in the summer( which is my favorite season).
- My patients have been incredible during this time, I’ve had the opportunity to check in with many of my clients who have greatly appreciated our personal attention and I feel they really appreciate our efforts.
- I’ve had the opportunity to study up on some subjects that have intrigued me for some time, i.e Myopia Management, and I feel like I’m going to emerge from this pandemic more prepared as an Optician.
We don’t have to like how things are right now, but we can try to make tomorrow better than yesterday. And we have to believe this pandemic will eventually subside. I believe our profession will be stronger when we emerge, I believe our tomorrows will be better than our yesterdays and that we as an optical family will continue to be there for one another.
I’m sending my best wishes for health and contentment and for now, until we can hug for real, I’m sending virtual hugs to all of you. Take care of YOU, you are the only you there is and we need all of the special things YOU bring to the world!
Opticians Association of America