No way this COVID-19 pandemic is good, but we can make the best of it.

One way, as many have pointed out, is to consider it a reset for Earth and humanity.

For years, I have wondered how the world can continue on the track it’s on. We might disagree about what that track is, but most of us don’t like where a lot of things are headed.

One thing I didn’t like was the lack of empathy I saw.

You’d think a person couldn’t learn something as basic to being a human being as empathy. But I think there might be a way.

First, you have to appreciate what you have.

Every day, I remind myself that I have a house, a job, a car, electricity, clean, running water and a well-stocked kitchen. That’s so much more than most — yes, most — people in the world have.

I am free to do pretty much anything I want without being punished by the government. All I have to do is obey the law. That seems reasonable to me. And, if a situation comes along in which I think the law is wrong, I have the right to challenge the law, working within the system, of course.

After about five weeks of staying home, going out only to get my mail, I had a moment of weakness. I mean, I had been making all of my own meals. Not even so much as a delivery pizza.

Mmm, pizza sounds good, I thought.

Even though I had decided I wasn’t going to get any kind of takeout or delivery food, I ordered a pizza and a cola — cola, another item I hadn’t enjoyed for a month.

In 20 or 30 minutes, my order arrived. It was heavenly — so warm and juicy with all the meat and vegetables. In fact, it was the best pizza I’d ever had. And the cola wasn’t too shabby, either.

But was it really the best I’d had? Or did I appreciate it because it was a treat I hadn’t had in a while?

It was a lesson in appreciation. Not only do I appreciate all the material things I’m blessed with, I now appreciate the luxury of calling someone and, 20 minutes later, having a piping hot pizza on my porch. How many times have we ordered pizza and had it delivered as though we were entitled to it?

Think about the people who don’t have pizza delivery to their house because they live in a remote area. Or they don’t have enough money to buy a pizza. Or they don’t have a house for that pizza to be delivered.

It’s called empathy.

Count your blessings. Appreciate your blessings, because you probably have more than most.

Make room for empathy, because it will follow.

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