“This is the time for facts, not fear. This is the time for rationality, not rumors. This is the time for solidarity, not stigma. We are all in this together, and we can only stop it together.” Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. Nelson Mandela
Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start. Nido Qubein
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt
Thoughts and Tips on Covid-19 – Some Background: In the fall of 2019, a mysterious and serious illness surfaced in Wuhan, China. Researchers soon identified it as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 with devastating outcomes in the region. Lives were lost as acute respiratory and organ failure were markers of the disease. By February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) renamed the novel Coronavirus as Covid-19 and, as it spread across the globe, called it a pandemic. Today, according to WHO, there are 210 affected countries, 2.8M cases, and 196k deaths … and other sources show it rising. In the USA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC) numbers are equally sobering with 928k affected cases and 52k deaths… and rising.
My state, New York, is now a major epicenter of the spread in the US and we are doing our best to contain it and follow the safety directives and orders from our very able Governor, Andrew Cuomo. The last two weeks have been a harrowing lesson in how lives can change in a matter of days. The impact on the economy and daily life as we know it is huge. The physical and mental concerns grow every day. Some form of paranoia is gripping our communities as we look at each other wondering: Does he/she have it? Is that itch in my throat/eye a sign? Am I next? Are you next? These are honest concerns and the harsh reality is that we need to be supremely careful and do our darndest to stay healthy. We need to find outlets to help us stay positive, we need to stay accurately informed, and we need to act in ways that keep us and others safe. We now have a slew of vocabulary words that have become ubiquitous; social distancing, pandemic, novel corona, epicenter, panic buying/hoarding, self-isolation, quarantine, shelter-in-place, containment, lockdown, triage, front liners, non-essential services, toilet paper tyrants, virus vampires, and more…
Covid-19 in My Community: When the news first came out about a case in New Rochelle, Westchester County, I suspect most of us who live in Westchester County felt that it would be contained there and not spread to the rest of the county. But it did. It spread to all of our neighboring counties and, as the numbers and casualties increased, the casual approach many had adopted was quickly replaced by one of grave concern. I live in Westchester County and, for a few weeks, we went about our business as usual; going to work, shopping, taking gym classes, going to the movies, and gathering for all sorts of events. As the numbers grew and our Governor started implementing stricter guidelines, panic set in. Soon, our schools shut down, non-essential businesses were told to close, people started rushing to stores to stock up on essentials and the hoarders were in full swing grabbing multiples of everything off the shelves. Hand sanitizers, toilet paper, and paper towels were the first to fly off the shelves and disappear.
I remember going to Bed, Bath and Beyond, before the panic buying set in, to pick up towels one day and I saw a huge vat of sanitizers upstairs. Within a couple of days, they were all GONE and things haven’t changed much since. Initially, I went out shopping, as usual, picking up extra items for my home. The lines were so long at Costco that I simply stopped going there because it occurred to me that standing in a long line for 45 minutes was not safe; social distancing wasn’t the norm yet. Instead, I went to my local Sam’s Club, Trader Joe’s, Stop and Shop, and Whole Foods either very early or late. As time went by, I stopped going to places with any large gathering of people, including the stores. Maybe because this is the suburbs, it is a bit easier to self-isolate. We drive to everything and our private spaces are not as confined as New York City. That said, we still feel the impact and the loss of life and freedoms. It’s a very surreal experience. This is a time of great anxiety but, don’t forget that there are tons of resources out there. Throughout my post, I’ve added some that I’ve turned to and there is more. Have faith and do not despair. There is a light at the end of the tunnel as this pandemic is forcing us all to go within for answers and to spend time indoors refocused on a new way of being. What are you doing differently? How are you coping?
UPDATE: With our Shelter-in-Place/Lockdown orders entering its 3rd month, and still in effect till the end of the month and perhaps beyond, many New Yorkers are now in need of masks and financial assistance to stay afloat.
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. Khalil Gibran
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 19, 2020
UPDATE: 111 Days of daily meetings and updates from our very own and beloved Governor Andrew Cuomo ends today 6/19/20. Infection rates in NY are down. Most of us are being considerate and wearing masks, washing our hands regularly, and maintaining social distance when we go outside. Those who don’t we hope will reconsider because there is still no cure and the virus is particularly brutal to high-risk people. Dear Gov, Thank you for your leadership. You led with clarity and compassion. Grateful to be a New Yorker #NewYorkTough #gratitude
Stay safe, vigilant, and prayerful all.
Coronavirus – seven steps to prevent the spread of the virus
We are only at the beginning of this fight, we need to stay calm, stay united, and work together. Gam Kim Yong
Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it. Judy Blume
What Can We Do To Stay Sane/Positive?: How are you doing today? What are you doing to stay healthy and mentally strong? For starters, stay accurately informed through the CDC and WHO. Another important action to take is to cut back on excessive media consumption. There is so much negative and fake news circulating that it can become quite overwhelming. Go to the two health sites mentioned above, maybe add your local news channel and a couple of reputable newspapers and magazines and ignore the rest. Respect the directives of your government. Listen to what your state/national leaders share daily and follow the instructions.
Nourish your body and mind with good, positive, healing foods. In the mad rush to stock up, people have been loading up on snacks and processed foods. Remember that fresh produce, fruits and vegetables, and healthy proteins will support the immune system and help us stay well. Buy them too! Eat healthy meals, Vitamin C, fluids, replenish fresh foods, and maintain a meal routine to avoid panic or stress binging. Exercise Safely. I take Restorative Yoga classes (via zoom) 3-4 days a week, and long daily nature walks with an audible book in tow. I come home refreshed and inspired. Stay fit by taking quiet nature walks, running outside away from crowds, doing yoga and other exercises at home. Play uplifting music you love and dance away. All of those actions will bring a positive flow of energy to your space. Stay connected to your support system. Communicate with loved ones. Social distancing doesn’t mean total isolation so check-in, by phone and safe ways, with loved ones and other supportive communities.
What More? Gratitude. Learn a skill. Manage Finances: Go within/Pray and be grateful to our front liners/ first responders. We are all going through this together and reconnecting to a life of spirit and prayer is key to staying calm in this storm. Gratitude is equally important as we can’t thank our first responders and front liners enough for their bravery. We can’t thank our essential service providers enough; hospitals, law enforcement, groceries, banks, mail, gas, food, and med delivery staff, and so many others out there risking their lives to help us survive. We can do our part by not endangering their lives by careless socializing and germ spreading. Pray. Meditate. Reflect. Daily prayer and chants/meditation sustain me and I go to YouTube to listen to more. Read your spiritual texts and delve deep into the word of God. Play uplifting hymns, songs, bhajans, and relax with the sounds as music is both healing and uplifting.
Read and/or try Audible (books on tape) This is a great time to catch up on your reading, writing, and overall learning. It is a unique time to work on brushing up on new skills. Develop your Creative outlets by doing some form of artistic expression now that you have the time to sit and do it. Try cooking/baking, redecorating your space by moving things around and cleaning up areas that need attention. Volunteer: Reach out safely to help those in need in your community and/or contribute whenever you can. You can even participate in a virtual volunteer program. Send well wishes out to everyone in our global communities as we are in this pandemic together. No community is truly immune. So many of us independent contractors have lost income so, it is imperative to be careful with our money. Manage your cash carefully and avoid endless online/instore shopping expeditions. Hoarding deprives others of necessary items. More will be available. Trust. Faith. Believe.
Volunteer New York: Virtual Volunteer Center
Psalm 91: Bible Verses for Sleep with Relaxing Music | Let Go & Be Still with Angels To Protect You
Virtual Satsang by/with Swami Shubamritananda Puri
On Facebook Support w/ Northway Church, Joel Osteen Ministries
The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for FEB – MAR 2020 are:
02/01 – 01 World Read Aloud Day
02/02 – 02 Ground Hog Day, 04 World Cancer Day, 06 Zero Tolerance for FGM, 07 National Wear Red Day
02/09 – 09 Academy Awards, 11 Women and Girls in Science Day, 13 Galentine’s Day, 14 Valentine’s Day
02/16 – 17 Presidents Day, 18 Drink Wine Day, 20 World Day of Social Justice
02/23 – 25 Mardi Gras, 26 Ash Wednesday
03/01 – 01 Zero Discrimination Day
03/08 – 08 International Women’s Day, 13 World Sleep Day, 14 Pi Day
03/15 – 15 Consumer Rights Day, 17 St Patrick’s Day, 19 Start of Spring, 20 International Day of Happiness, 21 World Poetry Day
03/22 – 22 World Water Day, 25 Day of Remembrance of Slavery, 28 Earth Hour
03/29 – 29 Veterans Day
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“We need to be prepared for disruptions to our daily lives, and changes to how we do things. But I am confident that if we stay united, with a whole-of-society effort, we can get through this together as a nation…” Gam Kim Yong Minister for Health, Singapore
Q&A on Coronavirus – COVID-19 with WHO’s Dr Maria Van Kerkhove
For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence; he will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings, you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. Psalm 91:3-4
We will come out of this storm. In the coming days, we have to stay calm and confident. And for sure, we will overcome this moment of despair. How long this will last cannot be ascertained. But the one thing that we can be sure of is that we will not be the same anymore. Avijeet Das
What Other Tips and Thoughts Can you Share? Are you nourishing your body, mind, and spirit well? One day, while I was walking on the Croton Aqueduct, I noticed that someone had taken the time to write notes and plant or place them along the path. It was a very heartwarming gesture and I stopped to read each one and take a photo. These are the sort of things that bring us together in a positive way during a crisis and we can do our share. Each kind act reverberates out to encourage us to do more kind acts and our minds and spirit benefit from the joy it brings to our hearts. There is so much we can do to stay healthy and mentally strong. Follow the dictates of your government, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) and safely nourish your body, mind, and spirit with positive messages and actions. Let us not forget that during this season of change, toxic relationships are under great strain too. Domestic violence might even increase. There are people living in great fear of their domestic partners. There are poor families going to bed with no food and no healthcare insurance for other ailments. Let us do our part to ease the pain and be the ears and eyes of those who can’t speak or care for themselves. We can call the authorities on their behalf, we can share an uplifting word or an extra hand sanitizer. Every little bit helps. We are all children of the same creation, of the one God.
Again, maintain a positive attitude by monitoring your media consumption and remembering to be thankful for the good around you. It is still important to stay accurately informed, positive, and focused on what truly matters to us as a global community. Personal and public hygiene is paramount so keep that in mind and don’t be careless with your bodily fluids. Be mindful of others when you cough, sneeze or spit. Wash your hands. Get lots of rest, nature walks, prayers, nourishing foods, herbal teas, Vitamins, and sunlight… Check out online spiritual services and positive information sites/sessions to boost your spirit. My Pastor shared some things to do during our online service so check them out in the photos above. and think of others that work for you. Don’t forget to share in the comments.
These are unprecedented times and we need to find that glimmer of hope and trust that God is fully in charge. This is also a season for reflection, compassion, and hibernation. Use the time wisely and don’t fritter it away on anger, hate, or trivia. Make it matter. Psalm 91 has been a source of great comfort and calm for me so, I’ve shared it below. Please keep everyone in our global communities in your hearts and prayers. Sending all of you positive thoughts, wisdom vibes, and more. Share your thoughts and tips. Suggest some online resources and I will add them. Stay safe, healthy, positive, blessed, and encouraged!
Online Services: Northway Church
READ: The Three Equations for a Happy Life, Even During a Pandemic
Psalm 91 Assurance of God’s Protection
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High,
who abides in the shadow of the Almighty,
2 will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress;
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence;
4 he will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
5 You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand;
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only look with your eyes
and see the recompense of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord your refuge,[a]
the Most High your habitation,
10 no evil shall befall you,
no scourge come near your tent.
11 For he will give his angels charge of you
to guard you in all your ways.
12 On their hands, they will bear you up,
lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the adder,
the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
14 Because he cleaves to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him because he knows my name.
15 When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will rescue him and honor him.
16 With long life, I will satisfy him,
and show him my salvation.
Positive Motivation Tip: In times of great change, step up to support and encourage others.
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