What are your three things?

Exercising is easier with pink weights.

No one would argue that this Pandemic has gone on longer than anyone could predict.  The first month, I thought this isn’t bad. It’s nice to be able to stay at home and enjoy my surroundings.  I can catch up on some long overdue home projects as well as enjoy a few made from scratch meals.  

Currently, we are well into our 5th month of numerous restrictions.  Our Governor initiates a few re-opening guidelines only to pull them back a few weeks later.  Apparently, the infection rate is not slowing down.  I understand the importance of slowing and hopefully eliminating the spread of COVID -19.  That being said, what is a person to do to keep one’s spirits up and have a sense of stability during these crazy times. 

Lot’s of complicated fingering in this Etude.

I have come up with three things that I pretty much do every day.  The routine of doing these is calming for me.  

  1. I exercise.  Most mornings, I get out of bed, grab a cup of coffee, and ride my recumbent bike for 30 minutes.  I add some arm exercises using 8lb weights.   Thanks to Spotify, I have ample stations to keep me energized. It’s a great way to start the day. 
  2. I practice my piano.  In the evenings, I go down to my music room and run through my scales.  I then move on to some classical tunes.  I end my piano session with a few pop tunes from the seventies.  Playing some Creedence Clearwater always makes me smile.   I can feel my technique improving over these past few months. 
  3. I simply love a glass of Chardonnay. I told a good friend of mine that this is my COVID medication. This has become my after-work ritual.   It has to be chilled and served in my favorite stemware.   I sip it slowly and feel the alcohol doing its work.  The tensions of the day start to disappear—everything in moderation they say. 
There is nothing wrong with Trader Joe’s Chardonnay

I’m not saying that I don’t have moments of high anxiety. It’s hard to live in a world where no one can tell us how long this virus will last.  However, I do feel my three daily habits are something I can count on and something I can control.  I would encourage you to find a daily routine that will give you some predictability in our unpredictable world.

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