This week I want to close out the month of March with a few thoughts on life today. Life may have changed (temporarily), but we still have it. We are still alive and kicking!
We are still
ON FIRE for our life.
Things I have written about in the past are still true:
We need to move! We must find ways to exercise, even if in our own home. Doing what you can is better than doing nothing. There are many YouTube videos on in-home workouts for the over 50.
There are many Facebook pages with free videos on short in-home workouts. Being stuck indoors or at home is no excuse for not doing something physical to take care of ourselves. Exercising increases our immunities so we can fight off viruses and illnesses better. It also helps keep our attitudes positive which, in turn, increases our chances of surviving an illness.
My Zumba teacher, Dawn and her daughter, Raven, have used an app called Zoom to connect with us and teach Zumba from her home. It's almost like being there.
We need to keep our minds active! Reading, doing creative projects (like painting, sewing, writing, etc), working puzzles of all kinds, FaceTiming with our family and friends, and any other activity that you can participate in safely.
Just keep your mind active and not just with news and virus updates. After a while, that can drag you down.
Stay social! We have SKYPE, FaceTime, Zoom, TicTok, FaceBook, FaceBook messenger, the telephone (yes, an actual phonecall), and many other ways to connect. Some churches are offering online services. There's no reason we should be alone.
Stay positive! It has been proven that someone with an illness is more likely to recover and recover faster, if they maintain a positive attitude. Laughter is the best medicine. Our body produces good and helpful hormones, chemicals, and such that promote good health when we are happy and positive.
March has definitely been a challenging month and it looks as those the next few weeks and months will be the same. However, if we hunker down at home, practice the safety protocols the government has issued, stay active, stay social, keep our brains active, and above all, not panic, worry, or let this take our joy away – Stay positive, we will come out of this stronger, wiser, and better.
“Love your neighbor as thyself.”
“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.”
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just,
whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report,
if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.”
Regardless of what others are saying, this is not the end of the world. It may take some things away from us, but it is a temporary situation we are in. We may lose someone we love to this virus and it will hurt, but we must focus on those still living and remember, God is still in control and still hears our prayers.
God bless you all.