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    How Rituals and Focus Can Turn Isolation Into a Time for Growth

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    I rise early and work out for two hours. After making breakfast, washing up and doing household chores, I sit down to write—both my regular academic work and now a diary of this new plague. I slow down for lunch, preparing a proper meal that I enjoy at leisure—a ritual I learned while caring for Joan. After lunch, I take a short walk and return to my academic work. I reserve the end of the day for my deepest pleasure, reading.

    In the evening, I catch up on chores, accompanied by the TV news—but I strictly limit how much I watch and read about the pandemic to only what seems most informative and personally useful. I prepare my dinner, which I again take time to enjoy. After a book, a movie or a TV show, I take myself off to bed, suffusing even washing up with an ordered, ritualized quality.

    I have also learned how important it is to be surrounded by whatever brings us joy. Music had been a great love of Joan’s and mine—a source of comfort and sanctuary during her illness. Today, in isolation, I hardly ever feel alone: The sounds of aria and orchestra, violin and piano fill my empty house.

    Life-enhancing rituals allow me to find and create joy.
    The habits I developed during Joan’s illness fundamentally changed me. They transform daily living into a chain of life-enhancing rituals that allow me to find and create joy, even when sheltering in place.

    We can all learn how to endure with purpose and make this a period of emotional and moral transformation. A plague, as Albert Camus knew, is the moment to ask what life is for. The response to Covid-19 suggests one answer: care for yourself and others. So take a breath and take the time to change the daily rituals that make up life. Throw yourself into them as if your life were at stake, which it is.
    It looks like WSJ is loosening up its paywall (at least for virus-related stuff) so you should be able to read the whole thing and you should.

    WSJ
    "Alexa, slaughter the fatted calf."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
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    It looks like WSJ is loosening up its paywall (at least for virus-related stuff) so you should be able to read the whole thing and you should.

    WSJ
    Sounds like a childless household. That makes routine a lot easier.

    I do like the musical reference, though.
    A plague, as Albert Camus knew, is the moment to ask what life is for. The response to Covid-19 suggests one answer: care for yourself and others.
    Here's Dionne Warwick singing, "What's it all about, Albert?" almost:

    • "The Constitution is not suspended in times of crisis." — AG William Barr.
    • "We hold these truths to be self evident. All men and women created by the, you know, you know, the thing." —Joe Biden, explaining the Creator.
    • "The way I see it, there's always, c'mon, there's always money. It's there." —Elizabeth Warren, explaining socialism.
    • “The interesting thing about the Green New Deal is it wasn’t originally a climate thing at all.... We really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.” —Saikat Chakrabarti, then AOC's Chief of Staff.
    • "We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them." —CNN's Don Lemon, showing how to stop demonizing people.
    • "I was not elected to do small things or shy away from big problems.” —Donald Trump.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
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    It looks like WSJ is loosening up its paywall
    (at least for virus-related stuff) so you should be able to read the whole thing and you should.

    WSJ
    Not for me. Can't read past the first few lines.
    No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. This offer VALID in 35 34 33 32 31 26 20 17 15 14 13 ALL 50 states.

    The new 13 original states to stand up for freedom: CA, CT, IA, MA, DE, MN, NH, NY, RI, VT, ME, MD, NJ (plus DC).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Celeste Chalfonte View Post
    Not for me. Can't read past the first few lines.
    Sorry about that. WSJ usually blocks me but let me sail right on in today. I know a lot of sites are just allowing access to virus stories right now (although the rest of the site might be restricted).
    "Alexa, slaughter the fatted calf."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Celeste Chalfonte View Post
    Not for me. Can't read past the first few lines.
    You mean you didn't want to pay in order to be exposed to their brain numbing narrative?
    If it pays, it stays

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newman View Post
    Sounds like a childless household. That makes routine a lot easier.
    Yup!
    "What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer."

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    Time will tell.

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