Sunday March 29, 2020
Good morning and happy Sunday, March 29, 2020. It’s hard to believe another month has passed so quickly. Even with the “stay at home” order, the days have flown by. Every day I spend on earth is another day that I am grateful. I am blessed and fortunate to live in a beautiful city and great country. We have so much to be thankful for. Let’s take the time to reconnect with the important things in life, beginning with life itself. Maintain your physical and mental health wisely. Share this precious time with your family. Make brightness, joy and love key parts of your days. Gratitude, honesty and respect are additional ingredients to a healthy life.
I would love to be sitting at home, relaxing and thinking about where to visit on my next vacation, instead of being inundated with coronavirus news and social media posts 24 / 7. It is difficult to think about anything else right now. The virus is affecting billions of humans worldwide. There are so many sick, while the death toll continues to rise. Many nations have confined their populations to home and it is our responsibility to comply. It is up to us to do what is best for ourselves and our fellow humans living on this planet. This is truly the time to reconnect with ourselves.
We are one day away from the end of the 15-day quarantine period imposed by the White House. It has been interesting watching the daily briefings and the discrepancies voiced by other political leaders. You would think in a time of crisis the people making decisions that impact our lives would unite with more solidarity rather than their own agenda. Unfortunately, here in the USA, there are some people that make everything about politics. I wish it wasn’t about what political party you affiliate with, but that we are all Americans. Instead of pointing fingers of blame, it’s time for our elected, so called leaders, to work together and do what’s best for US. Strength and a unified front would be awesome elements to bringing people together as we all struggle to get through this virus outbreak.
As I watch the news, the number of cases continue to increase and spread, both here and around the globe. New York is by far the hardest hit U.S. state thus far. Washington, California, New Jersey and Pennsylvania have thousands of cases, while other states are experiencing an influx of the virus as well. My logical guess is our stay at home period will be extended, but that’s just my opinion. I know President Trump wanted to offer a glimmer of hope by saying Easter may bring some loosening of the restrictions, but I’m not sure that will be possible. I read in an interview with Doctor Fauci, where he commented saying the President meant well, but this was an “aspirational projection to give people some hope.” Hope and strength are definitely two qualities needed by us all right now.
The best thing we can do at this very moment; stay home. By doing this, we do what’s best for ourselves, family, friends, community and our nation. Take the time to relish what we have. I am very grateful and blessed to live in America. We have food, shelter and a great health care system. We have so much to be thankful for. Pick up your phone, call family and friends to reconnect. Actually talk to people and let them know you care. It is amazing what solace a kind voice can bring to someone. On the flip side, it is wonderful what hearing a friendly voice can do for you the caller. It is a winning investment for both parties. I know this isn’t an easy time. It can be scary, filled with uncertainty.
Many countries are suffering the deadly effects of the virus. This is an unsettling period for us all. The feelings of anxiety, stress and fear are real. They can bring on increased sadness and depression. If you experience these emotions, reach out to a friend or hotline for immediate help. Reach out to me. My best remedy is to maintain my physical, mental and spiritual health. I do not sit in front of the TV all day. I set a plan each day, to write, read or work on projects. I go outside for fresh air, sunshine and some nature as much as possible. I exercise, walk and ensure I move during the day. I stay busy and focused on life and what’s important to myself and my family. Yoga, meditation and healthy foods assist in my personal maintenance too. When the healing begins we will return to those fast paced lives. Cherish this brief time with your family. Maybe you will reconnect in new ways. The best part is building new habits for a happier and healthier you. Stay well, safe and maintain a strong immune system. Together we will get through this.
There are so many people working in a united effort to lessen the effects of this pandemic. I want to express my thanks and gratitude to all of our medical and support personnel. Nurses, doctors, medical staff and all hospital workers are embedded in the trenches fighting this virus. They are the first line of defense, working diligently to save lives, while risking their own. There are many more people supporting their efforts, as well as ours, while we are asked to remain at home. The food industry, grocery stores, trucking industry and suppliers continue to have food and products available for us. Businesses continue to work, suppling household products, as well as medical supplies, must be thanked. Restaurants and small eateries continue to serve food, while attempting to remain afloat. Utility workers, gas stations, vehicle repair shops, city and county employees and other essential services remain open to aid us. I offer a special thank you to our police, fire and first responders. Thank you to everyone working to make our lives comfortable and safe.
Please tune in and join me again next Sunday for more! The healthy life puzzle is always in rotation. Let’s be healthy and strong mentally, physically and spiritually!
Thanks for your love and support! Embrace Life! Be sure to get outside and enjoy nature!