Editor's Insight: How To Handle Your Community Quarantine

Updated: Apr 30, 2020

by Boris Joaquin

Do you feel that your life and work just halted following the announcement of the Enhanced Community Quarantine. In our business, we had to cancel 7 learning events and several of my speaking engagements were postponed. But it always helps to look on the bright side. Try to be cheerful about a bad situation by thinking of some advantages that could result from your community quarantine, or thinking that it is not as bad as it could have been.


* FAMILY FIRST and SAFETY. For those working at home, you get the chance to see your loved ones more. Your children will be at home since there no classes until April 15. Stay hygienic though. Maintain proper hand and respiratory hygiene to avoid getting coronavirus in the first place. Also, teach these practices to children—and encourage them to avoid body contact and stay away from anyone who appears ill. Stock up on non-perishable food. This includes canned beans, boxed pasta, jarred sauces, and anything else that won't expire quickly. You might also buy longer-lasting produce like apples and carrots. Don’t hoard, though— NCR quarantine only for 30 days, and other people need supplies as well.

* FIX YOUR WORK-at-HOME SET UP. If you are allowed (or mandated), prepare to work from home. Take measures that allow for telecommuting, if possible—take your work laptop home, set up virtual forms of communication, etc. Take advantage of Zoom, Skype, even FB Live as alternatives for meetings, gatherings and even learning.

* FOCUS on WORK NEGLECTED. This is a good time to get those things you normally “set aside for later” to be addressed. To review your finances. Audit those books. Write those documents. Write those articles or books long overdue (talking to myself).

* FAITH over FEAR. Not to diminish our fears. But we should always keep things in their right perspective. We need to have an eternal perspective. We need to pray and have faith that our sovereign God is in full control of our situation.

“...And My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

God is merciful and forgiving, and will not abandon those who trust and seek him wholeheartedly.

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