March 19, 2020
“Always remember: if you’re going through hell, keep going.”
I find it frustrating sometimes when we have to deal with things we can’t control. The current epidemic has the potential to wear us down if we let it. I think it is important that we do what we can to deal with today’s challenges in the best way we can.
In my case my wife and I are establishing a new normal. I am grateful that we have ach others company as we learn the stay in our apartment. We have been asked to forgo meals in our residence dining room and to eat in our own apartments. That means we must stay close with friends and family using e-mail or telephone. In my case Ray’s Daily helps me to stay connected.
We can’t change what is going on, but we can make the best of what we are going through. Here is an edited offering from Gretchen Rubin that can help.
10 Tips for Staying Calm During the Time of the Coronavirus.
There’s so much fear and uncertainty around the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. People all around the world are grappling with it in different ways. So a question that we all face is: How can we be as calm and happy as we can be, under these circumstances?
- Take care of your body. This is important for health and also for mood. Get enough sleep, wake up at a normal hour, eat healthy food, don’t drink too much, stick to a regular routine of personal hygiene and dress, and in particular…
- Keep moving. This may be tough if your normal exercise routine is disrupted. Figure out how to keep active. Even in a small space you can do yoga, you can use exercise apps, or one of many other resources to give you a work-out at home.
- Beware of information overload. Learn what you need to learn, but don’t get sucked into the three-hour scroll. You might want to schedule time to check current events—perhaps twice a day—so the news doesn’t overtake you.
- Tidy up. Yes, I know it sounds ridiculous—such a petty gesture in the face of an overwhelming challenge—but over and over, people tell me that outer order gives them a sense of inner calm and inner focus.
- Help others. One of the best ways to make ourselves happier is to make other people happier—or safer, or calmer, or better prepared.
- Connect with friends and family, and reach out to people who might feel isolated. This is a time when technology can really come to our aid! Call, text, do video calls, send funny videos of your dog…we all want to feel connected and cared for. Strong social relationships are a key to happiness, so find ways to help others—and yourself—avoid feeling trapped and lonely.
- Make good use of this opportunity. Being stuck at home is an opportunity that none of us wished for, but it’s an opportunity nevertheless. Look for ways to use the time to get things done you otherwise wouldn’t be able to do.
- Catch up on books, podcasts, movies, or TV shows. Is there something ambitious you’ve been wanting to tackle?
- Continue or create comforting rituals. You may already have rituals that help you feel grounded throughout the day. These might be helpful now—but it might also be true that you’ll have to adapt now, if your usual comforting ritual is disrupted. Find ways to have pleasant patterns through your day that make you feel grounded and calm.
- Reach out with love. What does it mean? It means many things…and it applies in this situation. The whole world is reeling under the weight of events. I hope that this experience, as terrible as it is, can be an event that reminds us all that we’re united in our common human hope for good health and peaceful prosperity, not something that drives us apart. Let’s keep our clean hands to ourselves, and our loving hearts open to others.
None of us want to experience this lesson, but we can learn from it, if we will.
“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise again.”
– Victor Hugo
He said: My wife and I went to a “Dude Ranch” while in Texas. The cowboy preparing the horses asked if she wanted a Western or English saddle, and she asked what the difference was.
He told her one had a horn and one didn’t, she replied, “The one without the horn is fine. I don’t expect we’ll run into too much traffic.”
A manager has to take on some sport by his doctor so he decides to play tennis. After a couple of weeks his secretary asks him how he’s doing. “It’s going fine”, the manager says, “When I’m on the court and I see the ball speeding towards me my brain immediately says: To the corner! Back hand! To the net! Smash! Go back!”
“Really? What happens then?” the girl asks enthusiastic.
“Then my body says: Who? Me? Don’t talk nonsense!”
The pursuit of happiness is the chase of a lifetime!
Remember Gracie Allen? She said:
Appliance salesman: You’ll like this range. For instance, you put in a roast, you set the oven control, then you go out all day. When you come home at night, the roast is done.
Gracie: Haven’t you got one where I don’t have to go out?
George: Gracie, what do you think of television?
Gracie: Oh I think it’s wonderful, I hardly ever watch radio anymore.
Marriage is the chief cause of divorce.
Taxing down the tarmac, the jetliner abruptly stopped, turned round and returned to the gate. After an hour long wait, it finally took off.
A concerned passenger asked the flight attendant, “What was the problem?”
“The pilot was bothered by a noise he heard in the engine,” she explained.
“Oh, and it took a while to fix it,” said the passenger.
“Not exactly.” replied the stewardess, “It just took us a bit to get a new pilot here.”
We lie the loudest when we lie to ourselves.
My sister-in-law, a truck driver, had decided to get a dog for protection. As she inspected a likely candidate, the trainer told her, “He doesn’t like mean.”
“Perfect,” my sister-in-law thought and took the dog. Then, one day she was approached by two men in a parking lot, and she watched to see how her canine bodyguard would react. Soon it became clear that the trainer wasn’t kidding.
As the men got closer, the dog ran under the nearest car.
One thing you can’t recycle is wasted time.
The young lady walked over to the hospital room where she knew her friend was. “May I see Irving, please?” she asked the woman blocking the door.
“We don’t allow anyone but relatives to see the patients,” replied the woman. “Are you a member of the family?”
“Why-er-why, yes. I’m his sister,” said the lady.
“Oh, I’m so glad to meet you,” said the woman. “I’m his mother!”
“Be patient and tough; one day this pain will be useful to you.”
Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.
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