THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
From My Window
Issue Date: March 18, 2020
By Jane Thibodeau Martin,
We are all living through a moment. A time many of us will look back on our whole lives and remember, much like I remember the assassination of President Kennedy; the horror of 9/11 and the senseless massacre of children at Sandy Hook. While it is a moment that all Americans are experiencing, each of us is experiencing it somewhat differently.
That variation in our perceptions said, I think most of us are under stress. Those young and healthy but compassionate worry about those most vulnerable. I think all of us love someone who is at higher risk. Parents worry about their children. The families of our health care workers and emergency responders are concerned for their safety and the long hours that may be or already are required of them. I worry about the people who already struggle to keep food on the table who may lose work " wait staff, hotel maids, and others who are on the first wave of financial impacts, and have no health insurance or paid sick leave.
We need distractions, but may not be able to utilize our usual outlets for stress relief, while keeping the proper social distancing.
But the answer is really just outside our front doors.
It doesn't cost anything. It is not only low-risk, but is actually healthy. And living in Marinette County, it is all around you.
Go outdoors. Yes, it's March. It is still sort of chilly. Dress warmly. If you are lucky enough to have a child or two; or a dog, or two; bring them with. Look for signs of spring. Admire the sky, with its ever-changing appearance. Watch a jet contrail collapse in upper-level winds. Close your eyes, breathe deeply and listen to the birds and the wind blowing through the branches. Go for a walk, even if it is only a short distance. Ride a bike. A body tired after healthy exercise helps the mind settle. If you are unable to walk, sit outside, if only for a few minutes. Fresh, clean air is so good for us after a winter of being indoors. Leave your cell phone behind, or if you must, carry it in your pocket but don't look at it.
If it is impossible for you to go outside, sit by a window and look outdoors. Turn off the TV, radio and everything else. Reduce the sensory overload and focus on the sight of squirrels and birds going about their normal business. Eventually, we will be doing that as well.
Mother Nature offers healing, peace and calm that Facebook, gossip, or twitter inflame.
Disconnect and let her in. Mother Earth offers a hug to your soul that most of us need right now.
You can reach me for commentary, alternative viewpoints or ideas at this e-mail address: JanieTMartin@gmail.com.