April 2, 2020
“Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you.”
We had some bad news yesterday. Our daughter will no longer be able to bring us Nancy’s medication and laundry to our apartment. No one but cleared staff is any longer allowed into our facility. We will leave our laundry and unfilled pill boxes at the entrance with staff to be picked up. We are not as proficient as we once were but we will be OK.
These are difficult times. I just hope that when it is over, we will be a better people. We can learn to live simpler lives as we care for each other. I wish us all well.
Here are some tips on dealing with today’s challenges that I picked up from the Center on Disease Control..
Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include
- Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
- Changes in sleep or eating patterns
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
- Worsening of chronic health problems
- Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger.
Things you can do to support yourself
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditateexternal icon. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugsexternal icon.
- Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
- Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.
“Give yourself the same care and attention that you give to others and watch yourself bloom.”
Laws of Life
Kauffman’s Paradox of the Corporation: The less important you are to the corporation, the more your tardiness or absence is noticed.
The Salary Axiom: The pay raise is just large enough to increase your taxes and just small enough to have no effect on your take-home pay.
Miller’s Law of Insurance: Insurance covers everything except what happens.
First Law of Living: As soon as you start doing what you always wanted to be doing, you’ll want to be doing something else.
Weiner’s Law of Libraries: There are no answers, only cross-references.
Isaac’s Strange Rule of Staleness: Any food that starts out hard will soften when stale. Any food that starts out soft will harden when stale.
The Grocery Bag Law: The candy bar you planned to eat on the way home from the market is hidden at the bottom of the grocery bag.
Lampner’s Law of Employment: When leaving work late, you will go unnoticed. When you leave work early, you will meet the boss in the parking lot.
A wise man once said, “If you want to watch the world passing you by, just try driving the speed limit.”
As a Delta Air Lines jet was flying over Arizona on a clear day, the copilot was providing his passengers with a running commentary about landmarks over the PA system.
“Coming up on the right, you can see the Meteor Crater, which is a major tourist attraction in northern Arizona.
“It was formed when a lump of nickel and iron, roughly 150 feet in diameter and weighing 300,000 tons, struck the earth at about 40,000 miles an hour, scattering white-hot debris for miles in every direction.
“The hole measures nearly a mile across and is 570 feet deep.”
From the cabin, a passenger was heard to exclaim, “Wow! It just missed the highway!”
Sometimes being in the majority only means that all the fools are on the same side.
Ten Signs You Have Nothing To Do
- You have developed Repetitive Stress Disorder from playing Solitare.
- You’ve actually figured out a way to get Gilligan off the island.
- People only come to your office to borrow pencils from the ceiling.
- In an effort to exercise your creative side you knit a computer cozy.
- You create an on-going email dialog with your computer at home.
- No longer content with merely photo-copying your butt, you now scan it and enhance it using Photoshop.
- After months of taking frequent breaks, you now only require a single can of coke to belch the names of all seven dwarves.
- You discover that staring at your cubicle wall long enough produces images of Elvis.
- The 18-hole 3 par mini-golf course in your office.
- The 4th Division of Paper Clips has overrun the Push pin Infantry and General White-Out has called for a new skirmish.
Failure seldom stops you; what stops you is the fear of failure.
This scene took place on a BA flight between Johannesburg, South Africa and London, England. A white woman, about 50 years old, was seated next to a black man. Obviously disturbed by this, she called the air hostess.
“You obviously do not see it then?” she responded. “You placed me next to a black man. I do not agree to sit next to someone from such a repugnant group. Give me an alternative seat.”
“Be calm please,” the hostess replied. “Almost all the places on this flight are taken. I will go to see if another place is available.”
The hostess went away and then came back a few minutes later. “Madam, just as I thought, there are no other available seats in the Economy Class.
I spoke to the captain and he informed me that there is also no seat in the Business Class. All the same, we still have one place in the First Class.”
Before the woman could say anything, the hostess continued. “It is not usual for our company to permit someone from the Economy Class to sit in the First Class. However, given the circumstances, the captain feels that it would be scandalous to make someone sit next to someone sooooo disgusting.”
She turned to the black guy, and said, “Therefore, Sir, if you would like to, please collect your hand luggage, a seat awaits you in First Class.”
“Caring for your body, mind, and spirit is your greatest and grandest responsibility. It’s about listening to the needs of your soul and then honoring them.
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