Monthly musing from Rebecca Crichton

For those of you who don’t know it already, I qualify as a serious Foodie. I share more about that in our Featured Resource essay this month, along with some links to help feed people and support businesses affected by the pandemic.

Now, as I think about what I put in my mouth that will please me but also keep me healthy, I find myself concerned about the other kinds of consumption in my life. These include what I read and what I listen to, what I watch on the Internet, and how I entertain myself at night. I am curious about what I choose to ingest and how digestible it actually winds up being.

I know that if I watch something with too much drama before I go to bed, I won’t sleep well. I know that if I allow myself to get overly outraged about some of the political machinations going on—no matter how justified—I will feel drained and scared. I know that if I read Tweets and posts that are mean-spirited and inflaming, I will feel helpless and even more alone than I am.

I want to stay abreast of the news and have the necessary information to stay safe and healthy. How do I self-soothe without giving up on caring for others or retreating from a reality that requires me to change my behaviors?

I’ve identified what I am calling the Three G’s Plus One. The first three are Generosity, Gratitude and Grace. They form a kind of feedback loop. When I am generous, I recognize how much grace plays a role in my life. It means I feel gratitude for what I have and a willingness to share. Not surprisingly, there is plenty of research demonstrating that when people give to others, they feel better about themselves. I can almost always counter feelings of deprivation and fear with some act of generosity.

The Plus One is Glee. Laughing out loud connects with a place of deep silliness I know is good for my brain and body. A close friend starts each day with a cluster of silly videos. She is among the more positive people I know. If you’ve given in to funny animal videos, you know it helps.

Reading inspiring blogs—check out my Associate Director Ruth Neuwald Falcon’s Corona Support Blog—also helps. Find the words and poems and videos that remind you of how courageous and generous and funny we humans can be.

NWCCA will continue to send our monthly e-bulletins and include the occasional mid-month edition if we hear of things we think you might want to know about. Meanwhile, take good care of yourselves. Nurture yourselves in the many ways you can and share those choices with others through safe connections.

Stay well. Stay connected.

The need is great

There has never been a time when there has been such great need for help in every realm. You have probably already gotten requests from GiveBIG’s annual campaign. Some organizations won’t survive this difficult time without help from us. 

I’m on the board of Elderwise, the 23-year-old organization that invites adults living with memory loss to creatively and meaningfully engage with each other through art, discussion, movement, and shared meals. The Elderwise Way — A Different Approach to Life with Dementia will be published later this spring. Beautifully written by Sandy Sabersky and Ruth Neuwald Falcon, it shares the basic philosophy behind the organization. I look forward to letting you know when the book is available.

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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