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Why I am not Worrying

By Diane Bedard Posted on April 16, 2020

It’s been about a month since the USA got serious about using isolation and social distancing to stop the spread of COVID-19 and if I get one more letter, email, or routine communication about what an organization is doing to “stay safe” during these unprecedented times, I may scream.

Initially, I thought this was some type of hype and would soon blow over. Then I saw the State of New York go on lockdown. I thought, “Wow! They must have it bad up there.”

The State of Michigan went on lockdown. I am originally from Michigan, which meant this significant change hit home. Also, my octogenarian mother came to stay with us this winter and wanted to return to her home in Michigan. It was a tough call to let her drive home. Would there be gasoline available? Would there be hotels for her to stay at?

At this point, the Humble Pie song, 30 Days in the Hole is going through my head. If you are not of the same generation as me, you may want to take a listen anyway by clicking on the link above. Please excuse all the drug references. It is a sign of the times.

Was it a good idea for Governor DeSantis to allow spring breakers and New Yorkers into Florida after receiving warnings about COVID-19 pandemic hitting the U.S.? Image courtesy of Pixabay.

Anyhow, at this point, Florida is allowing New Yorkers and spring break traffic in and out of the State. Our Governor Ron DeSantis ignored all the “hype,” and waited until South Florida had begun its dangerous trend to announce a statewide “Stay at Home Order” April 1.

The Seriousness of COVID-19s effect on my Life took a while to sink in

I was really taken aback by the “sudden” change of seriousness about public health. In reality, it wasn’t so sudden. I just wasn’t ready for it.

Within a week, nearly every event that was listed on our awesome calendar of events, sponsored by Greatest Hits 106 and its affiliate Citrus 95, and Nature Coast Country was canceled. It looks so sad with just a few events and no features. A few weeks ago it was full of life!

Within a week, nearly every event on the NatureCoaster Calendar of Events was cancelled. The curtain fell. Now some virtual events are emerging, but the change is profound to our format. Image by Christos Giakkas from Pixabay

I have written a series of articles that have to do with life in the current situation, but none of them explores the fear I have that years of work will go down the drain as advertisers can’t pay bills or are unable to step out and advertise when things go back to “normal” or the “new normal.”

It has been frightening, but at the same time I have been through a few economic, health and financial challenges over my 50-plus years and I have NEVER, I repeat, NEVER been without food, clothing or shelter unless I chose to put myself in that situation.

I am giving myself the Gift of Not Worrying

This week I made a commitment to myself to stop worrying about how I will get through this. I really miss giving and getting hugs, but that is not going to be forever. It just feels like it.

“Buddy” was rescued by Ziggy’s Legacy Rescue in Brooksville and we were able to adopt him on Monday. Image by Diane Bedard

Monday, my husband and I adopted a rescue puppy. “Buddy” is a beagle mix and he is a love muffin. He has taken most of my free time this week, that may have been better spent on planning and management for NatureCoaster.com or cleaning the house.

Buddy has brought a lot of unequivocal love into our home. We bought toys and treats for him. Made him a playpen out of old lattice and ordered a crate. The rescue we got Buddy from has been working a lot of hours to care for the many pets that are neglected or worse.

Many nonprofits are working hard to help humans and animals in Florida’s Nature Coast. School districts are providing meals, like these workers in Hernando County’s Stratton District. Image courtesy of Hernando County School District.

Many other nonprofits are working hard to care for humans who need extra help in these times. Neighbors are helping neighbors.

It is not time for me to worry. It is a time for me to live content for what is here today and be willing to adapt to what is available tomorrow or when the time comes.

It is time for me to count the many blessings I have and trust that God will not dump me off tomorrow because he has cared for me today.

Some helpful tools I use for this include:

  • Listing of things I am grateful for
  • Journaling, and reading past journals
  • Reading spiritual literature and poetry
  • Donating to local charities or helping a neighbor
  • Praying for people
  • Making things, hobbies
  • Regularly calling a few friends or family members
  • Walking (that’s my favorite exercise)
  • Telling my fears to my spouse
  • Trying new ideas, but not pushing myself with deadlines for those ideas
  • Watching the sunrise
  • Getting outside and gardening, taking care of our lawn
  • Doing my best and letting the results be in God’s hands

I have reached out to Alan Weiss, Ph.D., one of my favorite authors and he has generously given me permission to run his Monday Morning Memo in NatureCoaster on a weekly basis. I highly recommend taking time to read it each week.

I am smiling under my COVID-19 mask because I can. I hope you can see it in my eyes.

I will continue publishing NatureCoaster and we will get through this unquantifiable challenge together. Meanwhile, wear your mask in public, practice safe distancing and use common sense to stay safe. We can be isolated and reach out with technology so we are not alone.

What are you doing to not worry?

Comments

Valerie says

I love your perspective on this - I am trying to look at things the same way and trying to stay as positive as I can! Congratulations on your new rescue pup. He is adorable! Hope you guys are doing well and look forward to catching up in more certain times!

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Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ says

Thank you, Valerie. I am so glad this can help. Stay true.

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Richard says

Another thing you have to be thankful for, is Nature Coaster. You have a reason to work, write, propose, and edit. YOU Have A Publisher. The Internet.
The TBT went down to 2 days. (They still have internet issues). The Dade City news and Zephyrhills Free Press closed their doors. Kevin at Tampa Bay Tourism was let go.
We have the internet. We can publish articles, epistles, and photos. We can go on.
Now, about that income...

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Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ says

You are correct, Richard. I am very grateful to publish online.

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Ttransports says

Great article, glad you are online, and most of all.... Congratulations to you & Buddy!!!! If you wrote nothing but the fact that you adopted a dog, I'd still rate your article 10 stars. Thank you for saving Buddy and giving him a home, a family, and a life of love. I wear a tag that says "My dog rescued me". Perhaps one day you'll find yourself wearing that tag too. :)

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Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ says

I think I wear that in my heart. We have 2 rescue dogs now. 2 rescue horses and a rescue cat. Some from animal control, some from rescues and one from the woods, believe it or not. We are all a bunch of misfits making a beautiful life together.

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Grannymams6 says

I’m so glad my congregation started more than a month ago having our meetings worldwide on zoom. Thank you Jehovah

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Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ says

I too attend services online for now and is helping me retain some normalcy.

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Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ says

Thank you.

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PMarron says

Diane, you are the stable writer that gives us all permission to breathe. Thanks for another great newsletter!

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Pamela says

Could you just have written the article and left out your snide comment of Gov. DeSantis? Your political view on him made me stop reading.

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Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ says

Perhaps you are correct about the political comment. I can remove it, but there is no reason to say rude things. I did remove your final comment on this because it was mean.

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Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ says

Thank you so much for your encouragement Pam. I never would have gotten this off the ground without your work while I was figuring this out. You are an awesome NatureCoaster!

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Pamela says

It must be nice to be able to remove honest comments from readers giving you their opinions on what you write. Can you say CENSORSHIP? Maybe the truth hurts.....I love how you say" Your comment will be revised by the site if necessary ". What a joke.

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Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ says

Everyone needs an editor now and again.

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Ttransports says

It's sad that we find out who our true friends are in this world, the moment we share our feelings about anything political. You have every right to "censor" nasty comments because this is YOUR blog. If they don't like it, let them troll & complain elsewhere. Maybe they think they will rise in their careers if they praise the governor for his poor decisions? Or maybe they claim to appreciate honest writing -- until they read something they disagree with? What a sad commentary on humans... some are genuine and some are not. Thank you for being one of the genuine ones.

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Jean says

Well written, well said. Helped me a lot. Thank you.

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Mars says

You didn’t need to slam the Governor!

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2hannigans says

I agree, Mars. Why did this have to get political? I’m glad Diane has a crystal ball. Time for me to unsubscribe.

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Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ says

I apologize for my snide comment. I am VERY upset about the toll road planned through the Nature Coast. We are not a political publication and the comment did not belong. It is removed. I am sorry to see you go. Stay well

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