So here we sit with Coronavirus snuggled up right next to us on the coach. And yeah, I’m not liking it very much. You? How about we ask those germs to please leave? Tell them they have overstayed their welcome? Just flat out tell them to get out!! I don’t think any of us could have ever imagined or thought up a worldwide situation like this!! But it is what it is and we need to all – Be Safe, Be Smart, and Be Wise!
When we think of safe, we often think of being secure, protected, free from danger. In this situation being safe is… Stay home. Keep 6 feet of space between you and others.
“WASH YOUR HANDS”
We have started using “My Tribe” “My Circle” “My Posse” as a way to refer to those closest to us. So be sure they are safe too. Contact those loved ones, friends and neighbors. Work together to make things as good as you all can. Take care of each other and stay safe.
Now let’s Be Smart – Use your time wisely. Create new routines because being together for way more hours than usual can create difficult situations. Find new ways to stay calm. Maybe find a yoga video. Learn to meditate. And you can probably find what you are looking for online. YouTube is amazing. Take a look – There is like nothing that is not there. Learn something new, maybe a craft skill, a new language. Watch silly movies. Make your own videos. Share them with those you are missing. Share online. Make others laugh. Make a list. And do the things at home you never seem to have time for. Enjoy the great weather and start spring cleanup. Get the garden ready. Clean closets, cabinets, paint that room, reorganize, fill out your census form. Be smart and “Don’t hoard” For everything you have too much of – someone else needs it. Just what are some of you going to do with 100 rolls of toilet paper??? Buy what you need and leave the rest for the next guy.
And “WASH YOUR HANDS”
Be Wise – take care of you!! If you don’t – you can’t take care of those around you. Be nice to you and nice to those around you. Develop a new schedule. Structure helps. Be thankful for those still out there taking care of us. The xray tech, the nurse, the doctor, the CNAs, police, EMTs, firefighters, TRUCK DRIVERS, everyone that is still working. AND Stay positive!! Don’t hoard!! Use your time wisely!! Plan parties and events for when this is all over!! Look at this as more of a gift than a punishment
and “WASH YOUR HANDS”
The Montville Senior Center is closed to the public for the next two weeks and will be re-evaluated at that time. Office staff will be in. Transportation will be limited, essential errands only and necessary medical.
We are in a new decade in a new century in the midst of a huge political season.
Take some time and reflect. Decide what you believe in today. Challenge yourself.
Don’t settle for status quo.
What we thought was most important in the past might have changed. We are not the person we were 20 years ago nor is the world the same.
I recently was at a networking event and we were asked “What is important enough to you that you would protest for it?” That’s a pretty deep question to answer when you don’t know those around you. My answer was “our basic rights” The freedom of speech. The right to assemble. The right to bear arms and the right to vote.
For others it was the ocean or the environment. We all know there are many important issues. Some have been around for a very long time and resurface. And this country was founded so we as individuals could not be suppressed. We have freedom of speech which enables us to voice our beliefs and we need to continue to exercise all these basic rights.
We need to be a part of the process. We need to stand for what we believe in. We need to be different. Have different beliefs and wants.
But we need to hear each other and be respectful.
Look around at the candidates running for office. In your town, state and nationally.
Who stands out? Who is expressing what you are thinking? Who do you think would do the best job?
Pick a campaign or pick a cause. Get out there. Get involved. I don’t know of a group that isn’t welcoming others to join them. Campaign for what and who you believe in.
Remember we don’t all need to agree. But we must respect our differences and listen to those other opinions.
And as Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed’ it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Now go out and be a part of that change!
Hors D’oeuvres, Raffles, & two showings: 5:45 & 6:45
Tickets are $5.00 (can be purchased at the Senior Center, Montville High School, or at the door)
Come and enjoy a beautiful fashion show of Prom Dresses available from the MHS Prom Closet. This program helps students attend Prom that might not otherwise be able to!
Come join us for a wonderful afternoon of Corned Beef & Cabbage (and all the rest!) along with some wonderful entertainment & lots of raffles too! We always have a great time at our parties, don’t miss the fun. PLEASE SIGN UP ON THE BULLETIN BOARD IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND. Bus is available!