"We're going on a bear hunt. We're going to catch a big one. Will you come too?" For years, readers have been swishy swashing and splash sploshing through this award-winning favorite, as a brave family romps through sweeping land-scapes. The version shown here features pop-ups, flaps to lift, tabs to pull, and sound effects.Now I want you to imagine going on a "bear hunt" where what we are hunting for is all the encouraging things people are posting for how we can use our "stay at home" time. That's OUR bear hunt for today. One "bear" I found: Parkway United Church of Christ posted this poem on their website today. Thanks, Parkway UCC.
Don’t QuitI had to memorize this poem when I was a child in school, so reading it put a smile on my face and put my memories in overdrive. Here's another "bear" I found on my hunt for encouragement, a book whose title is perfect for our time:
by John Greenleaf Whittier
Contributed by Ellie Svenson
When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low, and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is strange with its twists and turns
As every one of us sometimes learns
And many a failure comes about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow—
You may succeed with another blow.
Success is failure turned inside out—
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell just how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So, stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit—
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
Finding a New Normal: Living Your Best Life with Chronic Illness ~ by Suzan L. Jackson, 2020, health
Based on Sue’s almost 20 years living with chronic illnesses in her own family, writing her blog, writing articles on chronic illness, and leading multiple support groups, she provides support and practical advice you can use. Whether you are in the early days of living with chronic illness or have been at it for years (or decades), there are always challenges in living a life framed by limitations and restrictions, where isolation is a common issue.We are all "coping with isolation, anxiety, grief, living a separate life, and looking for small joys each day," Sue Jackson wrote on her blog, telling us her book is now out in paperback, as well as in an ebook. Don't you love it that she emphasizes LIVING, not just enduring? Some of her chapter titles sound perfect for our "new normal" in the time of coronavirus:
- One Day at a Time
- Finding Joy in Every Day
- A Plan B Day
- The Restorative Power of Nature
- What Makes You Forget?
- Reading Expands Your World
- The Importance of Play
- The Wide World of Online Learning
Okay, let's keep "bear" hunting. I have one more inspiration for now.
Donna Rae Jones is working on a way to help us do just that. I'll let you know when she'll be leading us live in the mindful movements of yoga. She's sent me a connection so I can practice getting connected tomorrow. In the meantime, check out her website.
Our new normal is checking on each other: yesterday and today, I've checked-in by phoning, emailing, texting, and Facebook with Donna, Donna Rae Jones, Dora, Mary, Sandy, Susan, Tiny, Rosie, Gail, some of my family members, and maybe others that don't come to mind right now. Have you checked on your neighbors? Your friends? Your elderly family members?
And last, but not least, the little black "bear" at my house. Clawdia is doing her daily hibernation thing near me, as you can see in this photo.