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BY: RACHEL WUMKES
There’s a direct correlation between a positive attitude and one’s overall health and well-being. Having a positive attitude and being upbeat instead of a ‘Debbie Downer’ can boost your energy, increase your inner strength, inspire others, and garner the strength to rise up and meet difficult challenges.
All of this is tough to do amidst a Global Pandemic.
It’s easy to get sucked down the rabbit hole into a pit of despair. You’re stuck at home, life as we once knew it has been drastically altered. You’re scared to get sick, to get others sick, and you miss your family and friends. I totally get it.
But Coronavirus doesn’t need to steal your joy. Don’t let it. If you do, this whole situation is going to feel much worse. So, keep your chin up, folks, there are a lot of things to be thankful for out there!
I have witnessed this community pull together in the most incredible way. Supporting businesses, ordering take-out, buying gift cards, offering to help run errands or shop for those who are unable to or are considered high risk. I am so proud of the commitment of our residents to keep our small business community afloat.
So, what’s good from this week?
- The Clear Lake Kindness Project kicked off. Their purpose is simple: to spread joy throughout the Clear Lake Community. Follow them on Facebook to learn more!
- The Small Business Development Center has provided a multitude of local businesses with the help and resources they need to navigate these uncertain and difficult times!
- The ICE OUT was deemed official by superintendent Adam Theiss. A sure sign of Spring on the horizon!
- The Lady of the Lake came home for the summer. You can see her, docked at the seawall, patiently awaiting warmer weather when droves of patrons come out for dockside night or to take a cruise around the lake.
- American Solutions for Business has launched a t-shirt fundraiser where proceeds will be donated to a Clear Lake small business recovery fund. Here’s the link to order: https://www.asbbrandlocal.com/
- Favorable weather and the appearance of the sun boosted spirits this week and allowed people to get outside for walks and bike rides.
- The Birthday Cheer Train brightened the days of many recipients, and windows all over town are sporting rainbows and bears!
- KISS Country and The Fox are bringing back the good old days with a “Curbside & Cruise” event each Saturday night from 6-8PM. Order your favorite curbside take out and scoop the loop while listening to great tunes.
I, personally, have completed various home improvement projects. I feel like someday, when this is all over and we can be out amongst the living again, we’re all going to emerge from our homes new people. We’ll stumble out the front door, shielding our eyes from the bright sun, in desperate need of a haircut and probably a few pounds heavier from all the quarantine snacks.
We’ll flock to see our families and our friends. We’ll eat out in restaurants and have a drink at bars again. We’ll watch our children play sports with their friends in real life instead of via videogame. We’ll hug our teachers when we run into them around town. We’ll smile at the grocery store clerks and say ‘hello’ and ‘thank you’ and never forget what they went through.
We’ll never forget what anyone went through. The doctors and nurses, the truck drivers, the farmers and all the other thousands of essential workers who keep this country going day in and day out.
So, don’t let yourself get down. Don’t let the negativity you may find online (or in the comments of a live stream from the Governor – Yikes) be the guiding force of how YOU choose to deal with obstacles during this trying time in our lives.
Tell me, Clear Lakers, what good happened in your life this week?