Keep walkin’

Posted: March 16, 2020 in Miscellaneous, Personal
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These days I don’t even like to go on Facebook (not so sure I like it most days, but that’s another story) or listen to the news. It’s all coronavirus and depressing. Yes, it’s a problem; yes, we need to take precautions (most of which we should have been doing lo these many years; no, we don’t need to hoard toilet paper; no, the water supply is still good so leave the bottled water on the shelf.

Life seems to look like this…

Or even like this…

But we needn’t and shouldn’t despair. Take sensible precautions. Enjoy the heck out of time away from other people. (If we didn’t have to move, I’d love to stay home for several weeks and do nothing but read, drink tea, and work around the house!) Look at the beauty in small things. Look at the beauty in large things. Talk to each other, send emails to friends, maybe even letters. The sun’ll come out one of these tomorrows.

But until then, take Toby Mac’s advice in one of my favorite songs and move, keep walkin’ !

  1. carylbeach says:

    Sound advice. Take care 🙂

  2. Su Leslie says:

    Very sensible Janet. And lovely images too.

  3. Good advice. I keep wondering why no one has cared about how many people die from flu, pneumonia, and colds every year, but now we are shutting the country down. Oh well, I’ll focus on the sun coming up. Good luck with your move.

    • I know, it’s really hard right now, especially since almost all the news is about the virus and is much the same as the other news. We’re praying hard about the move, that’s for sure!

  4. Sue says:

    Yep, “Look at the beauty in small things. Look at the beauty in large things. Talk to each other, send emails to friends, maybe even letters. The sun’ll come out one of these days”…well said

  5. Ally Bean says:

    I like your attitude about this. Keep walking is a good mantra, both literally and figuratively. Ever onward.

    • Yes, literally and figuratively. I walked in the park this morning and although it was cold and cloudy, I saw three different groups of deer, all of whom weren’t startled by me and took their leisurely time crossing the path and letting me get some shots with my phone. 🙂 The walks keep me sane.

  6. Dan Antion says:

    Good advice, Janet. Thanks. Good luck with all you have to do. I hope your move isn’t badly impacted by this craziness.

  7. thirdeyemom says:

    Great advice Janet. I have been online way too much and my sanity is suffering. What a time to be moving for you. I try to remind myself of the silver linings and how grateful I am. 🙂

    Are you back in Illinois or still in AZ? Send some sunshine to us!

    • I’m in Illinois, waiting to see if we can move our moving date up to next week and then trying to do business, more packing, selling items, donating…and trying to ignore all the bad news as much as possible. 🙂

      • thirdeyemom says:

        Moving is already stressful and I can’t imagine having to do it in a time like this! But the positive note is that you will be in a warmer place where you can be outside in nature which is so healing. My mom just had knee surgery and I wish so bad I could be out in Tucson to help her and my dad out. I am grateful it was two weeks ago almost and not in the middle of all this!

  8. Hi Janet…good word. Keep hoping and praying and shining the Light!

    By the way, Toby Mac’s guitarist, Tim Rosenau, is from Iowa and went to the community college in our town. He attended our church and was in our home several times. So, every time I see a Toby Mac video, I’m looking for Tim (he also plays trumpet but not in this video).

    • I love Toby & co.! We’ll keep praying as always because Who else can do anything? 🙂 Good to hear from you, Chuck. I hope all’s well with you and yours and stays that way. Are you still having church?

      • We had services yesterday with a much decreased attendance…first Sunday of Spring Break and most seniors stayed home. We live-stream the message and online attendance was increased. Looks like we may be ONLY do online next week if things continue as they have. Glad we have the technology to maintain some sense of connection. Will likely have a simple, acoustic worship set, preaching and encourage online responses. It’s a challenge but one for which God has called us to make a difference!

      • I agree. We just started live-streaming yesterday and as we have a small congregation, keeping a safe distance apart isn’t a problem. I would think, though, that with the recommendation from the government/CDC that groups of 50 and over not meet, there won’t be many if any churches open for services soon. God’s work will continue unabated, however. Many blessings to you and your congregation as you go about His business in these interesting times.

  9. Sensible advice, stay safe and well.

  10. Agreed on most all accounts. I am retired, so I do stay home and smell the “virtual” roses. I play a lot of games (yes, some even on FB). I enjoy FB now. I ignore most of the virus stuff and enjoy hearing from the people. I do just a little work, here and there, to keep things lively. But, for the most part, it’s Mom and I against or with the world. Today was simply running around our small town, keeping away from crowds, doing some banking and light shopping. We are being careful, but life will get better and I am watching a 10-part series on people who radically recovered from illnesses. Gives me hope and makes me feel good. Also, makes what I believe even more believable.
    Have a great week!

    • Sounds as if you have things well in hand, Scott. Good for you! If we weren’t getting ready to move, I’d love staying home (except for early morning walks in the park) and reading/relaxing/baking/whatever. You have a wonderful week as well.


  11. Resa says:

    Great inspiration, and the tune rules!
    Take care during the big move!