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Staying Positive in Trying Times

How do we stay positive in such trying times? We’ve endured so many fears and distractions this past year, it’s been like trying to drink out of a fire hose! Collectively, we’ve gone through so much with the pandemic, fires, hurricanes, and political division. It’s been taxing on all of us and quite scary too.

Humankind are social animals

Aristotle the legendary Greek philosopher said, “Man is by nature a social animal, man cannot live alone."

This resonates with me and I know there is some truth in his essay. For me, one of the worst things has been the social distancing. I’ve not gone to the gym or attended my group exercise classes. (I’m lousy at doing at home exercise). No going out to dinner or community theater with my gaggle of friends. Little to no hugging of my grandkids or family.

Let’s face it, this year has been a buzz kill!

How can isolation and loneliness affect us?

Experts point to evidence linking perceived social isolation with adverse health consequences. Some of which may be depression, poor sleep quality, accelerated cognitive decline, poor cardiovascular function, and impaired immunity.

Wow! Of all times to impair our immunity, this isn’t one of them!

Eye health risks during self isolation

I’m going to list some of my perceived risks for my ailing eyes during this past year.

  • Too much TV watching. My wife and I have been binge-watching Netflix and Prime too darn much.
  • Way too much time spent on my electronic devices, inducing more eye strain than what is normal for me.
  • Snacking or nervous boredom eating.
  • Less exercise. I do walk the doggie every day, rake leaves, and work on my yard. But no gym for a year! (I think I might be the worst at-home exerciser in the world!)

But there is some hope!

  1. In the state where I live, my age group just got approved to go get the vaccine... now if I can only find it!
  2. My wife and I have been face-timing more with family and friends.
  3. Cooking and grilling have been enhanced at our house.
  4. I think my marriage is safe! We’ve passed the “life-boat syndrome” tests with flying colors!

Appreciating our support group

Also, I have never appreciated more, the online interactions that we have on our site. I truly believe our online interactions can minimize feelings of sadness, loss, and depression. Not to mention being our go-to for learning and sharing about our shared plight with eye disease. This is a virtual support community that expands my connection to others and I value it greatly.

Hopeful quotes

Here are some cool quotes that evoke some hope:

  • "In seeking happiness for others, you will find it in yourself."-Unknown
  • "If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way."- Napoleon Hill”
  • "Success is not owned, it is rented. And the rent is due everyday."- Unknown”
  • "You can't let fear take the joy out of life."-Unknown
  • "Surprises remind us we’re not in control."- Unknown
  • "Man plans, God laughs."-Unknown

So, I know it’s hard and a pain in the “you know what” but we strive on and we will persevere. I’m glad you’re here with me and I wish us all well on our shared journey.

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