brightly colored bowl

Take A Mini Break from COVID-19

by Self Care, Wisdom0 comments

When you are tired, anxious or feeling lonely, take a mini break from the heaviness of the Covid-19 bad news virus.  I am not suggesting that you abandon the rules of maintaining social distancing. (Some day, we will enjoy those social activities once again.)  Instead, I am suggesting that you take a mini break right in your own home.

One way to take a mini break is to follow the advice of Ann VosKamp.  In her book, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are Ann challenges us to notice gifts which we already have.

So, each day I walk around my house and spot gifts given to me by special people. Today’s gift is the beautiful brightly patterned wire bowl which sits on my dining room table.

brightly colored bowl

I take a picture of the item with my phone and write a text or email thanking the person for the gift.  For example, today’s gift, the bowl, was a gift several years ago from my daughter-in-law; so, I wrote her the following note:

Dear Jeri:
Each day as I walk through my home, I notice gifts which special people have given me and then I think of the person and write them a note.  Today my focus was on the wire bowl which you gave me.  It is displayed on my dining room table
where I see it often.  I continue to enjoy its vibrant colors and design. And I think of you and thank God for your presence in my life and our family’s lives! Thank you for both gifts: lovely you and the lovely bowl. I love you!


I cannot tell you how rewarding and fun it is to find a new gift each day and remember the gift and the giver.  This little daily exercise not only makes me feel happy and thankful, but I hope my note of thanks makes the giver of the gift happy too.

As I write this, I’m reminded the lyrics from the song, “Make Someone Happy”:

“Make someone happy
Make just one someone happy
And you will be happy too”

Take a mini break. It works!  Please try it!

Karen Mulder

Karen Mulder

Karen Mulder is the founder of the Wisdom of the Wounded ministry. She lives in Holland, Michigan with her husband Larry.


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