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Finding the Silver Lining

Finding the Silver Lining

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By Friday, 22 May 2020 09:25 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Though it would seem unseemly to talk about the impact of the pandemic in any positive note, unforeseen blessings have been recognized.

In spite of the violent sickness, horrendous deaths, job losses, and almost complete shutdown of American life as we have come to know it, a silver lining exists.

I was recently on the phone with a friend who had a small television program that was canceled. She was terribly upset and worried about her future.

But after several weeks she admitted she was enjoying the extra time.

She hadn’t truly realized how much effort went into something that she was doing — as she now realized — mostly for ego.

A caller to my daily show on SiriusXM reached out to me when she lost her job due to the shutdown. She, too, admitted she really hated what she was doing.

Why was she doing it if she hated it?

Because we get into our "rut" and no longer think about it — we just continue because it is what we have always done. She was scared about what to do now.

I explained to her that she finally had the luxury of some time to re-invent herself and re-structure her life. At first her reaction was to sound completely scattered, until I said she needs to be in problem-solving — not hysterical — mode.

In problem-solving mode, she could scan the net for other interests and think about what would actually make sense for her life, soul and ego.

Many women have emailed me about how they are discovering "mothering."

These are the working mothers who thought day-care was just fine in spite of my pointing out that it is where you put your child all day to not be loved.

Now that they are home with their children without the stress of career and commuting, they are learning that their children actually need them.

It is a beautiful thing.

Before TV and the internet, families spent time together in the evenings after all the day’s activities. We have been forced to revisit that time once we turn off the iPad.

Families are hiking together, bike riding, playing board games and just hanging with each other through the togetherness of mealtime.

I believe that a year or so from now, I will get fewer calls from families where the children are totally disengaged from the family, whether it be drugs or snowflake behaviors. I pray this time is used to forge stronger family bonding.

We have a lot of time now.

Ultimately, how we come out of the other side of this emotionally and psychologically depends a lot on how we spend this time. If you are having trouble coping now, call friends or tele-therapy via the internet and get the help you need.

Yes, we are all under stress and there is no shame in needing help and reaching out.

Dr. Laura (Laura Schlessinger) is a well-known radio personality and best-selling author. She appears regularly on many television shows and in many publications. Read Dr. Laura's Reports  — More Here.

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