Why I am not Worrying
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.
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!
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.
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 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 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?