Almost Homeless in the Beginning of 2022
I started feeling a little sick on a Wednesday.
It was only the first week of 2022.
On the same day, I found out my coworker caught Covid, and I was at his New Year's Eve party just a couple of days ago.
My initial reaction was denial.
I had a trip to go to California that week, and it would suck if I had to cancel it due to Covid.
But I remembered high-fiving and hugging that coworker, so then the chance of me having the virus was pretty high.
I ended up canceling my trip to California, but my time at the Airbnb I was staying at ended on the Saturday of that week.
Now I was faced with a bigger problem. Where was I going to stay for the weekend?
I can't rent other Airbnbs just yet because I might have Covid.
I tried calling multiple places and found out I won't be able to get a test result before my Airbnb ends.
Was I going to be homeless?
I really don't want to be living on the streets, so my worst-case scenario would be checking myself into a cheap motel, with crappy WiFi, and minimizing the interaction I'll have with other people.
Thankfully, I didn't have to check myself into a motel.
I reached out to the coworker that had Covid and said, "Hey man, I think I might have Covid too, and I have no place to go on Saturday. Can I crash at your place?"
"Duude. We can't let you live on the streets. Come and crash my guest house," my coworker replied.
So I'll be staying with him for a month, which I am super grateful for. And my Covid test result came out negative too, which I am also grateful for.
Benefits of Practicing Daily Gratitude
One thing I noticed was that I coped with the situation better than I thought.
Not saying I did an amazing job, but I did handle it better than I would have a year ago.
A big reason for that was probably due to the daily gratitude exercise I've been doing for three months now.
It's pretty simple. Basically, I just say out loud seven things I am grateful for each day.
The reason I picked the number 7 was that doing 10 was too hard and doing 5 was too easy.
There are a lot of scientifically proven benefits for practicing gratitude, but I think the big one for me is becoming more of a glass half full person and dealing with tough situations better.
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