I hope after 2 full weeks of #stayinginplace, you are doing well. My family and I are holding up as we adapt to our “new” normal and new working situations. My oldest came home from college so at times, there is myself, my daughter, and my son working at the dining room table or i.e. “Mom’s Office.” I definitely needed to shift my mindset and remember as nice as it is to have these 2 home and not being distracted by friends, for them they are processing their own disappointments, Matt; in leaving college and friends behind and the semi-independence that comes from being in college, and Carey; in the disruption of these last moments of high school.
Prior to COVID becoming our new reality, we had made the decision to adopt a puppy. Yes, we now have a child for at least another 10 years. He has been a great distraction and provides purpose for some of the walks we are taking. I think that is part of what we are grappling with as the unintended impact of COVID is defining what does our purpose look like now. On Interfaith Caregivers’ end, we have been fortunate that so many of you are making social phone calls. It provides us an opportunity to check on and widen our circles. Further, we have had so many wonderful stories of how those providing shopping are truly stabilizing someone’s wellness. The hard part is telling some of our loyal volunteers that we can’t use your help because you are high risk. But, staying in place is a huge help to our entire community.
Our wish for all of you today is that you and your loved ones are healthy and stay healthy. I love hearing back from you and finding time just to exchange a quick email. Let me know what you are doing, while we #stayinplace. Are you working on any fun projects? I keep saying I am going to dust, you can contemplate how far I have gotten on that. However, I did make a start on the weeds that are springing up all over my flower beds.
Other things for you to listen to or watch:
I do want to share this podcast that I have not had the opportunity to listen to but does sum up what is the heart of our organization: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-pulse/id772127662#episodeGuid=https%3A%2F%2Fwhyy.org%2F%3Fpost_type%3Depisode%26p%3D443225
Here is learning opportunity, Yale offers a course on happiness. You can take it online for free and here is the link: https://www.coursera.org/learn/the-science-of-well-being?ranMID=40328&ranEAID=EHFxW6yx8Uo&ranSiteID=EHFxW6yx8Uo-.uLuPn2MieBhuQZx7IMA2Q&siteID=EHFxW6yx8Uo-.uLuPn2MieBhuQZx7IMA2Q&utm_content=10&utm_medium=partners&utm_source=linkshare&utm_campaign=EHFxW6yx8Uo
When I was commuting to Philadelphia, my phone was filled with podcasts and featured the instructor of this course.
Also, here is a link to one of my favorite Philadelphia cafes, Frieda on Walnut Street between 3rd and 4th Street, they are doing a lot of cool things via Zoom that might be of interest to you. Here is the link to their line up: https://mailchi.mp/2c71179b2fa0/frieda-reconnecting-online-march-24-march-30?e=f4a28043a6
Finally, here is a link to the Free Library of Philadelphia and their YouTube page featuring some of their interviews with authors: https://www.youtube.com/c/authorevents?sub_confirmation=1
Stay well, friends!