Monthly musing from Rebecca Crichton

Here I am, alone with the rest of the world, figuring out how to live with the new realities of confinement and constant input.

I just called a dear friend in Victoria, B.C., to wish him a happy 85th birthday. He is Danish, a serious collector of antiques and tends to view the world through the long lens of history, thinking about the ways people lived across the spectrum of time. 

He commented on how the British, during the years of WWII, both during the Blitz and for year’s after the war’s end, sacrificed so much. “They didn’t have food, or gas. They had to live with blackouts and rations. They all knew they were part of the fight to stay alive and emerge victorious.”

It was a reminder of how little we are being asked to do: stay home, stay healthy, keep our distance, find ways to take care of ourselves and each other. Most of all, I need to stay connected to others. We know that isolation is bad for older people and for those of us who live alone. Now we are figuring out how to reach out and “touch” each other virtually.

Now, more than ever, it is up to us to maintain our mental and physical health as much as we can. If you are feeling overwhelmed by fear or depression, tell others and explore some of the many approaches for centering ourselves that are out there.

Stay well. Stay connected.

Six concepts to support our health and optimism

If you have ever attended ones of Rebecca’s talks, you might remember that she often shares six concepts that support our being healthy and optimistic. They are guidelines, which we each need to flesh out on a personal level so they can make a real difference in our lives. Click here to read her thoughts about how she is using these concepts to cope with the current reality.  

3rd Act Magazine, now by subscription only

For those of you who have enjoyed picking up free copies of 3rd Act Magazine, it is time to subscribe. Victoria Starr Marshall, the magazine’s editor and publisher, knows that people are wary of touching things that might have been handled by others. In addition, many of the locations where 3rd Act was available—libraries, retirement communities and other public spaces—are no longer open to the public. 

The magazine has been available by subscription for several years but is now asking other readers to subscribe. Each copy will be packed in its own plastic envelope that can be wiped off before opening.

3rd Act has excellent articles, mainly by Puget Sound writers, including Rebecca Crichton, Dori Gillam, Misha Berson and others. 

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