How Dan and Hannah Remain Hopeful in these Coronavirus Times

Lying in bed this morning a little after 6A, Hannah and I are in no hurry to get up as our day is wide open now that the coronavirus has turned our world upside down.   On Day 3 (March 18, 2020) of me getting the importance to self-quarantine, to keep a social distance, and to not go out unnecessarily, Hannah says pillow to pillow how important it is to remain hopeful and to trust.  I am sensing she is reminding herself what she has always believed.

Attitude can carry the day during times of crisis.  I embrace the belief that these times don’t happen to us, they happen for us.

So how do Hannah and I remain hopeful in face of this unprecedented upheaval?  It’s early, but this is what we are trying now.

One, stay in contact by phone, email, and text with the good folks in our lives.

Two, think what we can do for others.

Remain H in YH

On a March 16, 2020 walk in York Harbor, Maine

Three, get our 10K steps by walking twice a day and soon biking once the temperature hits mid-fifties.

Four, write.  I draft for an hour or two every day and publish this blog to connect with the people in my life as well as to have a creative way to express myself.

Five, continue to sit evenings with Hannah sipping a glass of red wine.

Six, avoid cable news.

Remain titles

Seven, read.  Currently, I take all week to go through the Sunday New York Times, especially feasting on the Sunday Crossword Puzzle (yes, I do use my iPhone when I am stuck).  I have two books going, The Penny Poet of Portsmouth by Katherine Towler and The Obstacle is the Way: The Ancient Art of Turning Adversity to Advantage by Ryan Holiday.

Eight, listen to the inspirational talks from the ministers at Unity of Santa Barbara on YouTube.

Nine, have our grandsons read a book to us while we FaceTime.  Then we read a book to them since we are not going to visit them each week for a while as we usually do.

Remain journal

Ten, start our day with stretching exercises, then journaling for me, letter writing for Hannah, and finally meditating for twenty minutes.

Eleven, shower early in the day.

Twelve, listen to podcasts together, then discuss how we can continue to remain hopeful.

Thirteen, watch TV that inspires.  Currently, we are watching season 3 of This is Us.

Spark any ideas for you?  What do you do to remain hopeful?  Please comment in the space below so readers of this blog have more ideas from which to choose.

10 thoughts on “How Dan and Hannah Remain Hopeful in these Coronavirus Times

  1. I enjoyed reading your list and considering what might be on mine. Staying positive and hopeful is so important! Daily writing and getting outside are big ones on my list. I’ve also been power walking on our treadmill to take the edge off. I’ve been mostly reading light and fluffy, but might consider amping that up a bit. Finally, we just picked up some paint, so a worthwhile home improvement project might be on the horizon. I’ll continue compiling…

  2. Relish in the azaleas, magnolias, forsythia, and pink buds brightening my long afternoon walks in the foothills of NC. Breathe deeply, especially outside, where the spring landscape knows not this virus and its social effects. Love that I love the person I am home with, and the home based projects and gardening and MUSIC we do together or separately. Take live-streamed yoga classes from my daughter, Abby, in OR (! Plan spots in town where we can play music outside for passers-by. Order more veggie seeds. Continue to drive Meals on Wheels for the shut-ins nearby. Give extra $ to the food pantry which feeds students and their families. Gratitude. Gratitude. Thank you, Dan and Hannah for your inspirations!

    • Thanks for checking in. We see from Donna and George that you are having great weather down South. Little rainy here today, but there’s no snow in the forecast. Your music together is a gift to your relationship. Damn, you two will be even better on the banjo and guitar, let alone your singing will be going to the next level. Back at ya, as an inspiring way to live.

  3. Thanks for many great ideas, Dan! My daily walks are critical for staying positive and hopeful! I’ve begun sewing incubator quilts for babies in the NICU at a local hospital which helps me forget about my concerns. I spend more time texting and talking to family members and doing some online learning. I pray that we all stay healthy!

  4. What a lovely blog today. Thank YOU for reminding us of the need to never lose hope.

    I wish you continued calm, good health, and love.



  5. Walking is crucial right now, including saying hi to neighbors and chatting briefly at a distance. Tom and I do jigsaw puzzles in the evening. The house has never been so clean! Emailing, texting, calling. Podcasts, talk shows on public radio. Cooking. Working out with dumbbells and stretching in the afternoon. Happy hour in moderation. Just finished reading Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and finishing Zealot. Writing “gratitudes “ in gratitude journal. Tom is building out the long-awaited third bedroom in the basement. The cat- well he sleeps most of the day and watches the chipmunk from the porch.

    • Thanks for a peek into what you two are doing. The chipmunk is not long for this world. Funny, last year we hardly saw a chipmunk or squirrel around our acre and a half out a country road in York. Our bird feeders were safe. We did see a pair of bluebirds in our backyard three days ago.

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