Team Member’s Thoughts on the Year of COVID
2020 has been an interesting year to say the least! In my lifetime (I’m 39 years old), I haven’t seen anything of the likes. It has changed things for a lot of people, for some more than others.
At Integrity Custom Builders, we have been blessed to have had an abundance of work, other than about a month of being slow back in April. There are pros and cons to any trade, and right now our industry is a good industry to be in to be able to continue working in the midst of the pandemic.
I certainly try to live as the person that sees the opportunities that come through this, versus the person that sees only the problems that come out of this. While that’s not always easy, I believe it’s what puts myself or anyone else in the best position to be able to see the bright side of whatever I’m going through.
Thoughts from the Team…
On a positive note, I am very blessed to be a part of a home fellowship group that was started because of church canceling.
On the positive side, it has given many people a fresh, new perspective on life and how blessed we have been in the past to live in such an incredible and blessed nation. Much of my life has stayed relatively the same, thanks to being able to live in such a beautiful, rural place like the Shenandoah Valley!
Two positives that I have seen from COVID: 1) Because of being off work we were able to spend more time as a family and also we moved here to Virginia. 2) Because of COVID, we were not able to gather together in church for a while, so I have a greater appreciation now for the freedom of gathering to worship and to hear the word of God with fellow believers.
One of the best things is that convenience store and public restrooms are a lot cleaner, and people in general seem to care more about cleanliness. : )
The most positive is… hold on let me think… :o). Ok, I’ve had more time to devote to numerous projects that I didn’t have time for before, such as refinishing 4 pieces of furniture. (I was already a homeschool Mom before COVID, so we didn’t experience much of a change as far as how much time I spend with our children.)
The division it has revealed among us is discouraging; in a time when we should be coming together in an effort to help each other, instead we choose sides and attack each other, causing even more fear and confusion.
Seeing our society not knowing how to cope with disaster, we feel the need to blame someone to somehow make ourselves feel more secure.
As to positives, due to the slow-down in the work load, I was able to take some time off to complete the remodel of our own house faster than expected.
I value interacting with people even more than I did before; it was something I took for granted.
A personal disappointment was to have several big trips canceled.
A big positive in my life has been the extra time at home with my family and more time to do things outdoors. I’m blessed to live in a beautiful area and to have a family who I love spending extra time with. My family also got 21 chicks in the spring, and our cat had 3 kittens! All the new life has been such a fun family project.
Overall, 2020 has actually been a year of tremendous blessings for my family, many not related to COVID. I’m thankful for a lot of answered prayers and countless instances where we’ve seen God work in abundant ways this year, even in the midst of some hardships for our world.
Until next time,
The Integrity Team