In this new world of social distancing, we’ve been forced to change our normal interactions. Unfortunately, we may be in this situation for several weeks or longer.

While this situation is far from ideal, I can’t help but wonder if it will improve our relationships in the long run.

Will we become more accustomed to dining in with our family members instead of always being on the go and eating fast food in the car?

Will we continue carving out time daily to speak with elderly loved ones – even if it’s a quick call to check in on them?

Will we remain kind and help those in need?

Will we keep on reaching out to those who are lonely to make sure they are okay?

How have you changed your interactions with loved ones to comply with social distancing?

With this new way of interacting, will you continue it once we return to normal?

Maybe you’ve discovered an innovative approach. Or maybe you enjoy family time and will make it a new norm.

While COVID-19 news is everywhere with updates on the number of cases and deaths, we still have many feel-good stories.

People sharing inspirational messages via social media.

People shopping for the elderly who fear catching the virus.

People exchanging best practices for homeschooling and working at home.

People supporting the health care community with supplies and meals.

Have there been other stories in your community that keeps you hopeful?

Have these stories inspired you to take action to help others?

It’s become a world where we realize how interdependent we are with each other. We realize we’re more alike than different.

We all worry about our loved ones.

We all want to stay healthy.

We all share the common goal to end this virus.

What other ways have you found that we are all alike?

Amidst all this social distancing, we’ve surprisingly become closer. We’ve focused on what really matters the most in this world –  relationships with our loved ones and humankind. Ironically, social distancing is bringing us together.


Niv Persaud, CFP®, CDFA™, RICP®, CRPC®, is the Founder of Transition Planning & Guidance, LLC. Life is more than money. It’s about living the lifestyle you want and can afford. For that reason, Niv consults with clients on money, life, and work. Her approach capitalizes on techniques she learned throughout her career, including as a management consultant, executive recruiter, and financial advisor. Her services include developing spending plans, comprehensive financial plans, divorce financial reviews, retirement plans. Niv actively gives back to her community through her volunteer efforts. She believes in living life to the fullest by cherishing friendships, enjoying the beauty of nature and laughing often — even at herself. Her favorite quote is by Erma Bombeck, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say ‘I used everything you gave me.’”

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