Making the most of it

Plans on hold? Here’s how isolation can spur inspiration.

Making the most of it

Communicators, we know your colleagues are looking to you for news and information related to the pandemic. It can be anxiety-producing for many, which is why we’ve launched a series called “Inspiration Break.”

Consider sharing an inspirational story, anecdote or essay that offers perspective, such as the one below. If nothing else, it’s a brief respite from an otherwise stressful day.

So many of us have seen our plans for fun and recreation shelved indefinitely.

Isolation can prompt inspiration, though, as this story shows.  Stay safe, everyone, and get creative.

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For weeks, 7-year-old Cal had been crossing off the days leading up to the big weekend when he and his father would go on their first “guys only” overnight camping trip.

Unfortunately, the night before they were scheduled to depart, an unexpected storm moved in, dumping a foot of snow in their area, and even more at the campsite they’d planned to visit. They would have to postpone their trip until the weather improved, probably sometime in the spring.

“It’s not fair!” Cal pouted as he moped through the house.

“I know you’re disappointed,” his father said. “Things don’t always work out the way we’d like them to, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make the most of what we have.”

“All we have is a lot of snow,” Cal said.

“No, son,” Cal’s dad replied, “What we have is an opportunity to build the best snow fort in the whole neighborhood. “I’m going to show you how to do it right, the way my father taught me, and guess what. Tonight after supper, we can hang out in the fort for a while and star-gaze and even have a campfire with s’mores, just as we planned to do if we’d gone camping.”

Cal’s eyes widened, and he began to smile. “Really?”

“Really,” his father said.

As they put on their jackets, boots and gloves and headed toward the door, he said, “We’re going to make the most of it.”

Taken from Bits & Pieces.

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