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By The GabrielsVault Team

5 Things We Learned During The Pandemic

April 29, 2020

While social isolation hasn’t been easy and we certainly don’t want it to last forever, many of us are not only making the best of a bad situation but are finding that there are some positive changes that have come as a result. 

  1. A new perspective on family time. You’ve found yourself working from home with young children competing for your attention or with teenagers begrudgingly accepting their fate and dependent upon the day, you’re wishing it could always be this way or for the rush hour commute to commence again. Nevertheless, your children will most likely remember this as that wonderful time they had their parents to themselves and we parents might even find ourselves adjusting our work schedules to allow for a few more family dinners around the table together.
  1. Prioritizing our spending habits. For many the impact of the pandemic has been a significant financial blow, and we all hope to be out there collectively working and once again supporting our local merchants and restaurants who are our neighbors, but with fewer reasons to fill our gas tanks lately and more sparsely stocked grocery shelves, you’ve probably noticed that you’re spending less and conserving more lately – whether we like it or not. Perhaps we’ll start to reevaluate our spending habits and remember that we actually could make some creative meals from exploring the back of our own cupboards?
  1. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. We’re much more aware of how much we have to be grateful for and what our older relatives and extended family & friends mean to us. The new ways reached out to stay in touch taught us that keeping in touch is important to us and everyone we interact with as well.
  1. More tuned in with our neighbors. As we stay at home, people are hungrier for connection than ever before.  Suddenly, we’re stopping on our walks around the block to say hello to neighbors we’ve never met.  We’re checking in on the elderly ones and enjoying watching our neighborhoods come alive again with bicycles and sidewalk chalk-art, or the beeping of drive-by birthday horns.
  1. Exploring a new way to work. For some of us who have been fortunate to have the opportunity to work remotely, there was a broader community available who understand.  For those who have attempted to pursue this type of work, you now have proof that supports your belief that you can thrive in this new world of work.  Also, pat yourself on the back that you’ve likely learned how to use a variety of new technology tools in the process.


As life starts to come back to normal and rush hour traffic, crockpot dinners and kids’ schedules accelerate our lives once again, it can be all too easy to forget the positive things we’ve learned during these unprecedented past months.  It is important to remember that good things can happen during bad times.  Reminding yourself that a 5 minute break from work at home created memories of closeness and comfort that will last their lifetime.  Wherever you are in the world, we hope you remain healthy.

For those of you who are actively working on the front lines, making it possible for us to remain safe, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

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