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GVWC Weekly Newsletter |April 14, 2020

Greetings!

I don’t know about you, but since the Stay At Home orders have been in effect, I’ve been feeling particularly exhausted. It’s counter-intuitive … because I’m doing less. Sure, I’m still working my regular job (fortunately!), but I don’t go anywhere. I barely walk anywhere. So why am I so tired all the time?

All things considered, I have come through this reasonably unscathed. While we have friends who have fallen gravely ill, my family has been very fortunate.  Thankfully. It’s just me and Mrs. Walksfast at home, and it’s a big enough place that we don’t have to interact with each other during the workday. So far, so good. My kids are grown, so I’m not responsible for managing their education or keeping them entertained. We’re pretty fortunate. While many of our partner-businesses are struggling to keep the doors open, none of my family members has been furloughed. Their jobs are secure. We don’t work in the health care industry or are considered front-line essential workers. We’re out of harm’s way. Both sets of parents–my wife’s and my own–are deceased, so we aren’t facing the fear and uncertainty of keeping them safe. All in all, we’re doing OK. So why am I so tired all the time?

I confess all of the above with extreme empathy. I’m not bragging about how great I have it. On the contrary, I want people to understand that if I’m struggling — someone who has it so easy — we can expect that people who are going through even one of the above stressors must definitely be hanging on by a thread.

With all due respect to the Governor and (my fav) Dr. Acton, we’re not in this together. Or, more accurately, we’re not in this the same. Some of us are in it more than others. It is incumbent on each of us to bring extreme empathy to every situation. Maybe you’re aware of the stressors people are dealing with, maybe you’re not. But you certainly don’t know their ability to deal with stress. Everyone has a different stress tolerance. So why am I so tired all the time?

Check out this 7-minute video of Maslow’s Heirarchy of Needs. The uncertainty everyone is facing in these extraordinary times is the epitome of what happens when our lower level needs, like security, are threatened. This article, Why Am I So Tired, does a terrific job explaining the biology and physiology of stress and trauma. As the article suggests, “focus on grace and self-compassion as you navigate this unprecedented time. Take a walk, take a bath, take a nap, take deep breaths, ask for help, help where you can, and know that whatever you are feeling is completely normal, and whatever you need to do to love on and care for you during this time is okay.” That’s not just good advice for you, but for the people in your world, too. Give them space. Give them time. Treat them with extreme empathy.

I hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy. It looks like we may be hitting the peak and turning a corner in the next week or two. Please stay vigilant in your social distancing. Wear your masks when you’re out in public. Wash your hands frequently. We can ill-afford to have a rebound in the numbers. Keep it going!

In the newsletter this week:

  • Fun with Masks
  • Chicken Wing Surplus
  • Helping Our Partners
  • Pedestrianism

Fun With Masks

Here are Sandy and Phyllis sporting their homemade masks.  Please submit yours for posting in the newsletter!

SandyPhyllis

Chicken Wing Surplus

Do you know the two biggest times of the year for chicken wing consumption? If you guessed during the Super Bowl and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, you were right. Guess what that means? Thanks to the coronavirus, there’s a massive chicken wing surplus in the United States. Not only is the nation’s chicken-wing-stockpile at its peak, but the price per pound of wings is down about 50%. It may be a good time to buy chicken wing futures.

Helping Our Partners

Valter’s and Winans are still shut down except for carry out orders. They have been very generous to us. Today, more than ever, they need our support (as do other restaurant and bar owners).

You can assist Valter by ordering carry out: call 614 444-3531 or https://valtersatthemaennerchor.com/.

Anyone looking for treats from Winans, including chocolates, coffee beans or bottles of wine, email your request to germanvillage@winanscandies.com to schedule curbside pickup or delivery. Or order online at www.winanscolumbus.com.

Don’t forget that you can also order all your walking and running needs from Columbus Running Company:  https://www.columbusrunning.com/

Pedestrianism

The sport of walking goes way back to a time when the sport’s champions were the country’s first celebrity athletes. They were even on trading cards! The best part for me is that naps have always been part of the sport. Maybe that’s why I like it so much. Here are the details from the Smithsonian Magazine.  Thanks, Deb, for the submittal.

Motivation of the Week

4-14-20

Finishing Line

Till we walk together again. Until then, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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GVWC Weekly Newsletter | April 7, 2020

Greetings!

“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times”. This famous opening line of the Charles Dickens classic, A Tale of Two Cities. It couldn’t be a truer description of the current world situation as a result of COVID-19. Apparently, times like these – a world pandemic – bring out the worst in some and the very best in others. Selfish acts that make me sad range from Letters to the Editor suggesting the aged and infirm are expendable, to residents flouting Stay at Home and Social Distancing orders. I’ve also seen extraordinarily selfless acts. Not just among frontline healthcare workers, who put their lives on the line every day to treat the sick, but fire fighters, police officers, and “essential workers” like grocery store cashiers, postal workers, and delivery drivers. These people inspire and amaze me.

I cannot begin to express my heartfelt appreciation for doctors, nurses, technicians and aides—everyone who works in hospitals, nursing homes and other health facilities. I cannot imagine the stress they endure. Knowing what they deal with, I do not know how they make it through the day. I am impressed with their ability to gather the strength to power through. They make incredible sacrifices for us at the incredible risk to their own lives and the lives of their family.   Selfless. Selfless. Selfless.

Dr. Amy says, not all heroes wear capes. Amen.

We have several healthcare professionals in the GVWC. Nurse Lynn, who said during our Zoom Coffee on Saturday morning, “We are in a rock star state. We are doing everything right. Do whatever Dr. Acton and Gov. DeWine tell you to do.” Nurse Catherine is heading to Detroit to help that community where the curve is still rising. Dr. Neil, Dr. Steph, Dr. Alex, Dr. Dennis. Mark is at Children’s Hospital. Thank you, thank you, thank you!  God bless you all and your families to stay safe and healthy. (I am sorry if I missed someone.) All y’all are heroes!

Make Wexner Medical Center Caregivers Smile

Speaking of appreciation, email BRAVO@osumc.edu with your encouraging words, pictures and videos to support our frontline healthcare workers at the Wexner Medical Center.

Flattening the Curve, Baby!

the curve data

Still Helping Our Partners

Valter’s and Winans are still shut down except for carry out orders. They have been very generous to us. Today, more than ever, they need our support (as do other restaurant and bar owners).

You can assist Valter by ordering carry out: call 614 444-3531 or https://valtersatthemaennerchor.com/.

Anyone looking for treats from Winans, including chocolates, coffee beans or bottles of wine, email your request to germanvillage@winanscandies.com to schedule curbside pickup or delivery. Or order online at www.winanscolumbus.com.

Homemade Face Masks

Send us pictures of your homemade masks, and we will post them next week!

Youngsters Won’t Get This

On a lighter note, did you see Ohio animator creates tribute, parody video of DeWine & Acton? Youngsters likely won’t get this. Skip directly to the video here: https://youtu.be/awc0blNamSo

Motivation of the Week

https://www.facebook.com/dailygoalcast/videos/how-being-in-quarantine-can-change-the-world/2732577793537421/

Finishing Line

Happy Passover and Easter!  Till we walk together again. Until then, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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