Will the isolation ever end? Really? The first couple of weeks we have spent adjusting to working from home, buying more groceries than ever before, and learning the true meaning of words like self-isolation and self-quarantine. Now we are asking when will it end? How do we survive the financial blow to the markets and the business shutdowns as well as the loss of jobs and income for millions of people? Lately, to stay sane, I have been playing a mental game of gratitude. Really it is not a game because I am so very grateful for so many things. I have a home, a job, food, a car, and most of all my health. And it goes without saying that I am beyond thankful for my family and friends too. With all that gratitude, why am I sometimes stuck in the emotional depths of loneliness or better yet, aloneness? Honestly, I miss the energy of people. I miss the energy of coffee shops, stores, church services, work conversations etc. I don’t mind spending time alone, but this extended period makes me crazy!