To quote Thomas Paine, “these are times that try men’s soul’s”. The coronavirus is now in control of everything we do. Many people are feeling their mortality and perhaps even going through a reality check or priority change. It’s amazing how the lack of things we took for granted like toilet paper, hand soap, sanitizer, paper towels and even food have everyone scrambling to find or searching for viable alternatives.
When times are difficult as they are now, it’s important to be flexible. That means we must roll with the physical and mental punches that life has thrown at us. Flexibility results in a better quality of life. Most of our bodily and emotional aches and pains come from being inflexible or rigid.
For the body, flexibility is the ability of the joints to move through a full range of motion. While we are quarantined, we can do stretches. Stretching increases blood flow, brings in nutrients and carries away toxins and waste-by products. It also lubricates joints which help with elasticity and performance. Stretching relaxes the body and mind and relieves stress which allows for better sleep and rest. All important things when we are housebound. We can take our stretching one step further and walk. Being outdoors will keep us from going stir crazy.
For the mind, being flexible means to be able to adjust to different situations and the willingness to make concessions. No matter what life throws at us, we can change or adapt and still enjoy life.
One of the best ways to overcome trying times is to turn to the Lord and take time to pray, watch online church and read our Bible. It will feed our soul, keep us positive and flexible. After all, God is in control, not us. It’s a freeing concept when one has faith.
One of my favorite and fun toys as a child was Gumby. No matter what you do to that toy, it bends and contorts, but it never distorts Gumby. He was one resilient toy! Gumby also had a permanent smile no matter what happened to him.
We can take a lesson from Gumby. No matter what life brings our way, be flexible and always smile. If you don’t feel it, just pretend that you do and see what happens.
The Lord is faithful to all his
promises and loving toward all he has made.
The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed
down. Psalms 145:13b-14