Letter to the Editor

Pick Yourself Up

Monday, April 20, 2020

All the concern about COVID-19 boils down to a few key factors, several of which include common sense, proper hand washing, social distancing, and notifying your doctor if you have symptoms. You could call these your "coping skills, as they make up an action plan for when you are confronted with an adversity such as the pandemic.

In 1962, Frank Sinatra had a song "Pick Yourself Up. A portion of the lyrics goes like this: "Work like a soul inspired until the battle of the day is won. You may be sick and tired, but you be a man my son. Will you remember the famous men who have to fall to rise again? So take a deep breath, pick yourself up, start all over again. Seems like sound advice for 2020 and beyond.

The times we are experiencing call for "resiliency. The term could also fall under the heading of "toughness. It involves the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; to spring back into shape, to bounce back and not only withstand hardships but adapt to them. Are we up for the challenge?

What we dare not allow is getting trapped in thought patterns of fear and helplessness. Now is the time to develop new routines, taking into account that you may not be going outside your home as in the past. Check on family members and neighbors regularly. A phone call, text, email or card sent by snail mail are all signs of caring. If heretofore you had not been a list maker, I invite you to become one. List the tasks for the day, and check them off as you accomplish them. Start with a small list (three or four items) and work up from there. It adds to feelings of accomplishment and self worth. Incorporate one or the other from your partner's "honey do" list. Plan some day trips, as things begin to open up, or even a vacation for later in the year.

We'll get through this corona virus thing. Sooner or later, a new normal will prevail. We will have learned plenty, and endured much. With God's help, we will not only survive, but we'll thrive as never before. In many ways, the choice is ours.

Bill Kersting, Spencer