Apologetics from an Anabaptist perspective
How I stay sane during a time of confinement
April 9, 2020
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(Or at least try to)
- Talk to my cats. I know this probably sounds like I’m already losing it, but if there are not many people to talk to, cats are not a bad substitute. They are not persons, but they do have personalities, often a little eccentric, Both of ours are largely Siamese and they like to talk. Pookie is my Plautdietsch cat: he has blond hair, blue eyes and speaks a language I don’t understand.
- Drink coffee. I like A. L. van Houtte French Roast, from k-cups. I didn’t really like coffee before we went to Montreal in 1993, but driving by the van Houtte roastery on the way to church and inhaling the aroma changed that.
- Talk to people. That involves picking up the phone and dialing their number. It used to be hard to find my friends at home, but now they are in the same boat as I am and ready to pick up the phone and talk.
- Write to people. I get lots of impersonal emails and texts every day, I wish for more personal messages. Maybe other people do, too. There’s no better time than now to send a personal note.
- Exercise. I have a pedometer app on my phone and try to get 10,000 steps four or five days a week. At this time of year most of those steps are from jumping on my rebounder. If our driveway ever dries I’ll do more walking outdoors.
- Try not to think about how late spring is this year. Complaining isn’t good for the state of my mind.
- Be thankful for every little spark of beauty in this dreary time.
- Be realistic about the Covid-19 virus. Ignore stories about conspiracy theories and quack cures.
- Find something interesting to read that takes me to a place and time where there is no Covid-19.
- Use this time to strengthen and deepen my relationship with God.