Take a few minutes and just breathe

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Let 2020 and all its chaos remind us just a few things as we carry on with our lives.
First off, spend more time with the people you love – even if all you can do is call them on the phone or video call them to see their face. It’s worth it because you are not guaranteed tomorrow.
Clean your house. When you are stuck inside your house for a good week or two of quarantine time, that place can pile up. Get your house in order and work to keep it in order. It will make you feel better.
Read that book that has been on your nightstand for a few months now. There are way too many good books just waiting to be read.
Binge watch the television shows that you enjoy, even if you have seen the show many, many times. When life gets tough, I need a favorite rerun episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” to make things feel better.
Netflix and chill have never been more appropriate than the times we are in now.
Find a way to have peace with the path that life has thrown you. It’s not always easy. It’s not always fair. Yet life is like that – throwing us a curveball just when we think things are clear.
You can’t change life but you can choose to have peace and keep moving forward.
Respect the opinions of other people. You don’t have to agree with what someone says, but you sure do have to respect them. I know that is difficult for about all of our country and society now, but the old adage still stands true. If you can’t say something nice, don’t say (tweet or post) anything at all.
And finally, spend as much time as you can with your pets. They don’t live as long as we do and before you know it, they will be all but a distant memory. Take the dog for a ride in the car. Let the cat snuggle on the bed. Enjoy their companionship while you have it.
Oh, and pray. Because sometimes that is the best thing that we can do, regardless of the situation, is just pray and trust and wait. Here is to hoping for a brighter future for all of us.

Laura Pitts is a former Daily Mountain Eagle reporter. Sher currently serves as director of the Scottsboro Public Library.