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Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper, March 15, 2020
We asked all of you how you were feeling during this tumultuous time and if you felt there were any silver linings to our shared experiences right now. After all, we’re all in this together.
Here’s what some of you told us…
Maybe we can slow down in the next few weeks and learn to be grateful for all we have and connect with the family in our homes. Prayers for everyone to stay well and get through this. -Ginny Stambersky
Hopefully reaching out to our elderly population so they know they are loved and are a priority! I have parents 87 and 84 years old and three aunts in their 90’s. They are laughing at the consideration that people in their 60’s are at higher risk because they are “old”. I hope people check on the elderly and make sure they have what they need to weather this storm; even if it’s only a telephone call. -Darla Kaikis
I hope it is a reboot of compassion and kindness towards others. Remembering to be present and move forward gently and generously as best we can. It is the “small ” gesture that makes the big difference. -Mara Papatheodorou
I think the silver lining is learning to live in the moment and to not take anything for granted which is so easily done. Focus on what is good in your life today with gratitude . What can I do today to make a difference, how can I help others etc. This is a time to really appreciate living in the moment with gratitude. –Kathy Mott
I am a senior. The silver lining to me is to see how my children and grandchildren are concerned about seniors. I hope this teaches us to help one another and that we can do without lots of stuff we take for granted. -Del Solano
My nextdoor app is filled with people offering to pick up stuff from the supermarket or pick up food for home bound people at the local restaurants. I see kindness everywhere I look. -Cynthia Ganz
That we remember that even though we need to create some physical space, no man is an island. We all need each other and a lot more grace. -Megan (Sunday Songbird)
I think it will be a time to slow down, not worry about entertainment or what we are missing. We can read books, play games, reach out to friends who we lost contact with and care for our neighbors!! -Judy Schuster
We have to be there for each other. Shop for the elderly. Help people as much as you can. Love your message Maria. They have gotten me through days that I didn’t think I was going to make it. Thanks for sharing. -Susan O. Wicklund
I think the silver lining for me is that I am forced to be in the moment. Usually I’m thinking of my next dinner party or my next vacation, but now that’s all pushed aside and I’m focusing on my family, My prayers, and What’s happening right now at this moment. -Vicki Riley