1. Alone time is essential. Even if I can't be completely alone in the house, I can still hide in a room, a closet, or in my innermost self through meditation. I need this. Every day.
2. Little things can become big things if we let them. I've learned it's necessary for my sanity and for peace between peoples if I lighten up and let things slide a bit. Rather than make a big deal over that irritating mouth sound my Significant Other makes when reading, I can either focus on my breath or I can leave for a while. Fantasizing about silencing those mouth sounds with a pillow is OK as long as I don't act on it.
3. People are reaching out more. I heard from a family member for the first time in a couple of decades and the conversation was quite pleasant. Perhaps this pandemic has put things in perspective for some people. I know it has for me.
4. Gratitude goes a long way. I find things run much more smoothly at home when I say at least five "thankyous" for every "please will you . . ". People like to feel appreciated, not constantly commanded or criticized.
5. On the rare occasions that I go to the store, I make it a point to thank every worker that I see. So often treated as if they are invisible, they are heroes in my book. We both feel better when I take the time to acknowledge that.
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