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Finding hope, motivation, and answers amidst the COVID-19 storm

This week, as the Contemporary Spinster writing team continues to reflect on COVID-19 and its impact on our lives, we wanted to share something we read, heard, or saw that has helped us in some way as we deal with the ramifications of social distancing, self-quarantining, and the pandemic ravaging the world. We hope that you will also share what you have found most hopeful or helpful in the comments. At the end of the day, we’re all in this together.

Michelle: RadioActive on KRCL, Utah’s local community radio had a great segment last Tuesday where Governor Herbert debuted #UtahLeadsTogether, a plan to deal with coronavirus and get the economy going again. The show also discussed Comunidades Unidas and its efforts to get COVID-19 information to immigrants. I really liked how the segment talked about how our community and others are coming together to help one another. For example, one group has started a Mutual Aid group, raising money and doing deliveries to those that can’t get out (I actually just signed up to volunteer with them, more on that, soon). In the piece, they mentioned this quote: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news,” Rogers said to his television neighbors, “my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” That quote made me feel less alone and more hopeful of a better community when we emerge.

Laura: While I acknowledge that the giant package passed by congress and signed into law by Trump is not perfect, I am grateful for it. I hope that it helps those who need it the most right now, and I am selfishly grateful because, for the time being, it has stabilized the stock market. I know that’s not the most important thing right now (or even close), but it ameliorated some of the uncertainty and stress I’ve been feeling especially because I’m on the job market. Second, I love this running list of free things that can help make self-quarantine better from wirecutter. Trivial, sure, but it is a great list to making the isolation less . . . isolating!

Rose: The neighborhood kids have made fitness stations up and down a few streets with a note on each mailbox telling you what exercise to do. I got a complement on my jumping jacks from other walkers and a round of applause for jump squats from the kid in the driveway. It’s great to see how my local community is coming together and thoughtfully creating activities that maintain a connection without violating social distancing.

Ellen: During our last check-in, I mentioned that it felt as though I were going through the stages of grief. The very next day a friend of mine sent me an article titled, ‘That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief‘. It really helped validate my feelings and gave me a way to navigate through them.

What have you read, heard, or watched that gave you hope or that you found helpful?

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