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Things I’ve Learned From The Quarantine

Coronavirus has meant a lot of things to a lot of people, and I am right there with you.  Prayers for those who have struggled to feed their families, good thoughts for those who deal with anxiety.  It hasn’t been an easy time.

As we inch closer and closer to reopening the state all the way I want to take a moment to reflect and be grateful for the good in my life.  I want to reflect on the time we have spent in quarantine.  If you’re like me, you know people who have not wanted this all to occur.  However, I have noticed some good things have come from it.  At least for me this is true.

Being a musician on the radio my life my social calendar extends very far beyond being on the radio.  I’m always seem to be on 96.7 Merle.  Yet when I am not, I always pop up somewhere either playing music or going to social events.  That all stopped with the quarantine. 

I certainly got bored just like you!  When it came time for Thursday night acoustic and I have nowhere to go listen to acoustic music or it’s Friday, I should be playing music somewhere but I’m not, it bummed me out.  Instead of being some place, I found myself at the same place: home.  

I had to find ways to entertain myself.  Playing guitar by yourself only entertains you so long.  Then I started chatting with the neighbors and we began to get to know all my neighbors better and we even found ourselves cooking meals for one another.  

I noticed something else though.  I really started to miss my family.  I mean really miss them. I had not seen my mom, dad brother, or sister in weeks!  And I won’t forget what it’s like to miss friends, because I have really missed them through this time out at home.  I never realized how much I was taking for granted!  If I wanted to see any of the most important people in my life, I would just go do it.  But during this ‘stay at home,’ It’s not lawful.  That was so disheartening! 

Sometimes I feel in all this it was God’s way of getting my attention!  Telling me to slow down!  I’m enjoying more time at home and in more deep meaningful conversations with my family and friends through the phone.  The phone!  Can you believe it?

Time is precious and even though we only lost about 6 weeks or more that doesn’t compare to losing a lifetime once they are gone!  So, this was a real wake up call.

When we are finally able to be sociable and around our families again, I want to soak up every moment!  I don’t ever want to take for granted the time spent with them.

During these times I also want to invite you to join me each day on 96.7 Merle.   My job is to be encouraging to you.  I try to inspire you instead of talking about politics and news.  I promise we will break in if there is something you must know.  But if you want a place to escape and have fun enjoying all those songs – that’s me and my show.  Come hear a girl be grateful for the good things in life and play songs you love.

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