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Don't Panic

As we all are finding our lives turned upside down during this pandemic of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lets all just take a breath of fresh air, or two, and don't panic.

I am by no means an expert or even slightly knowledgeable on this subject. I am just like you, a mere unwilling participant. But non-the-less participating, while trying to do my best to foster as much normalcy as one can.

If your inbox is like mine, it is overflowing with messages from businesses stating their fluid and dynamic protocols with your safety and the safety of their employees being their main concern. The message is the same and most include tips and guidelines to help you keep yourself safe.

Yes, this is going to be serious, two fold. The health of people and the economic health of the world. I don't have the answers and am just as scared as the next person. But I beg of you all, Don't panic!

Social distancing is going to be hard. We are not made to be alone. But, it is a must if we want to flatten this virus before it peaks too high. For us Northern New Englanders it couldn't have come at a worse time. Not that there is a good time for this.

Just as we welcome the longer days and the hopes of getting out of the house after winter, we are told not to go any place. But let's not confuse that with staying inside. Fresh air and sunshine has always been a good remedy for the worst of ailments, especially the cabin fever that is going to spread faster than COVID-19.

Besides not panicking, please remember to reach out by phone call, emails, texts, FaceTime, etc to those who are shut-in, especially our elderly. If you feel so inclined and you're not at a high risk, offer to get essentials for that neighbor who is in the high risk demographic. Let's not forgot about those who cannot help themselves.

And, instead of looking at the list of things we cannot do because of the restrictions, cancellations, and other guidelines, let's look at what we can do. How about choosing one of those great books that are collecting dust on your self? Teach your children how to cook or plant some seeds. Start a diary and journal. Who knows, maybe it will become a best seller in 50 years. Get caught up on some hobbies or crafts. Nap, my favorite. Go for walks and extra fitness. Spring cleaning. Spend time with your family playing games.

For those of you who have to go to work, thank you for what you do and may you have blessings of good health. And, lastly, for those of you who can't go to work, my prayers for you and your families as you get through this time of struggle.


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