Gratitude during self-isolation

A list to contemplate, circulated by Rob M on April 24

  • There are no bombs raining on our heads
  • I am not a prisoner held in solitary confinement, as millions are
  • I am not a refugee trying to escape with my life
  • I am not standing in line waiting to fill a pot of water
  • I have access to fresh food and I’m not starving
  • I have hot running water
  • My country has not been ruined by years of war
  • I can reach my friends by phone and check in on them
  • My friends check in on me because they care about me
  • Any whiplash I feel about this strange turn of events is itself a sign of privilege
  • More than half of the world would gladly trade their everyday problems for the modest inconveniences I am experiencing
  • I may have anxious dreams but I’m dreaming them on a proper bed and I’m not sleeping on the sidewalk
  • By staying at home, I’m helping the planet rest
  • As long as I have my mind I can create, imagine, dream and not be lonely
  • This global crisis connects me to people around the world and reminds me of our common humanity. This is a good thing
  • When something tragic happens to another country next time, I will respond to it not with superiority, but humility and recognition
  • I will fight for positive changes and economically just policies in my own country
  • I am surrounded by books
  • I am surrounded by love
  • The trees will soon begin to bloom