Greetings! I trust you found creative ways to enjoy time with loved ones and recharge this past weekend. The snow certainly confounded our “let’s go for a long walk and release some tension” plans. But as I sit here this Monday, the day looks to be beautiful outside. I have a friendly little cardinal that sits on my patio and taps on my sliding glass door every morning. Apparently that means someone who has passed is thinking of me. Well, whoever that person is, he or she is regularly and very loudly thinking of me!
Reflecting on this season and my need for a structured approach to social distancing, I was inspired by a great interview with Anne Bancroft in the Pioneer Press. Of course! Talk to someone who’s been isolated for a loooong time. Bancroft shared her thoughts and I’ll list her tips here. You can also read the full article here.
Spend time outdoors
Stick to a routine
Maintain a sense of humor
Do something for others
Appreciate the little things
So far, I’m managing pretty well, though I need to get away from my computer for more time outdoors. Bancroft says, “Sometimes I walk really fast, and sometimes I’m following deer trails, just opening my eyes to things. I like to leave the path a little bit, and I mean that metaphorically and figuratively. Suddenly, the day moves along a lot faster than when you’re muddling on about all the things you’re missing out on.” Great reminder and a suggestion I’ll follow.
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Be well, and I hope you enjoy a beautiful evening (snowing again!).
B Kyle President/CEO Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce