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It’s Not Over ’Til It’s Over – The Continuing Pandemic

Aloha,

Well, THIS caught my eye. I was hoping that by this time, December 2021, I would be able to write an article about “Whew, that was close! Now we can get back to normal.” If only. . .

This last almost-two years has been unbelievable – impossible to describe easily or painlessly. From one level of stress to the next, smothered in conflict, heartbreak, and sadness, and just plain denial when it’s gotten to be too much, we’re in danger of sagging. We never give up, but we may sag.

The uncomfortable reality is that it’s not over yet. We still must take control of how we internalize all of this negativity, find ways to lift the heaviness, and, depending on our circumstances, keep moving on to the best of our abilities. That’s the key; we must keep moving.

So when I came across the following article from the Cleveland Clinic dated September 13, 2021, I thought that the advice presented was extremely helpful. I will summarize some of the main points in the article, but I suggest that reading the entire article would be even more helpful.

The article presents 10 ways to manage stress as the pandemic lingers:

  1. Take (some) control
  2. Be in the present
  3. Stop comparing
  4. Keep moving forward
  5. Take a break from decisions (my favorite)
  6. Find silver linings
  7. Connect
  8. Find new ways to de-stress
  9. Work through your feelings
  10. Get help if you need it

I hope these topics have piqued your interest to read the full article on the Cleveland Clinic site. Think of it this way, if nothing else, reading through the material will keep your mind busy for awhile. It feels validating, at least, to know we’re not alone in this discomfort. Personally, the 2 points I find the most helpful are to Connect and Keep Moving Forward.

Together we will make it through. Here’s to a new year with new beginnings.

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Rainbow Bridge

 

If you or anyone you know has ever lost a non-human family member, you know what a heart wrenching experience this event can be. Recently, we lost Katie, our 14 year old Bichon Frise. In some of the many Facebook condolences we received, The Rainbow Bridge was mentioned.

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The Rainbow Bridge Gateway

Now, I had never heard of this before so I decided to look into it. Turns out it is a wonderful web based memorial site to honor your lost family member and find some comfort in the grieving process.

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Puppy Love

In case you never met them, let me introduce you to Katie  and Teddi. They are the sun and the moon with distinct personalities and boundless spirits.

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Katie

Katie is  almost 14 years old, a pure bred Bichon Frise and has been with us since she was an 8 week old puppy.

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Teddi

Teddi is a mixed breed, probably a Maltese and a Poodle. Teddi has been with us since September 2012, He is 8 years old.

Katie is determined. If she were a salesperson she would bug you until the close. She never quits and rarely complains. Her strength is amazing given her 20 lbs.

Teddi is a gentle soul who has had many homes. He was taken from a shelter, frightened and apparently abused. When his adopted owner could no longer care for him he ended up with my mother who nursed him back to health and happiness. He then came home with us.  He visited with my mother until the very end .

At first, Katie didn’t take too kindly to Teddi. But, they are now inseparable and do everything together. They have become fixtures in our little village development.

There are some lessons to be learned from our pets:

  • Don’t be too quick to judge but, still trust your instincts
  • Love and kindness can heal just about anything
  • Good food leads to good health
  • Never give up
  • Play as much as you can
  • You get as much love as you give
  • And remember,  it’s not how cute your pets are that counts but, how happy they make you

Peace!

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