Thrive-Health Guide Southern West Virginia August 2020 - Page 2
FROM THE EDITOR
Worrying never helped anything
They tell me it’s August, but I’m
not sure I believe them.
Day is night and night is day.
Monday feels like Wednesday feels
I barely remember February and
I think we’re all still trying to forget
March. Probably April, too.
I remember when this mess — that’s
one of the things I call what we’re
experiencing now — began. I tried to
find some way to maintain sanity.
Back in those early days with so
much upheaval it was really difficult
to find any sort of routine and, like a
lot of people, I struggled a bit.
It seemed like bad news was coming
from every direction and it was just a
bit too much.
I’m a worrier from way back and
it didn’t take long before I realized I
needed to get a handle on things — I
wasn’t going to worry my way out of a
global pandemic after all.
I might have worried my way into
Even though I work in newspaper, I
realized I needed to check how much
news I was consuming, or at least
check the hours at which I consumed
So instead of turning to my phone
first thing in the morning, I made a
pledge to turn to a daily devotional I
received as a gift a few years ago.
And I decided before I scrolled
through the crazy on Facebook, I
would try to post one thing that
makes me happy.
I began to look for new ways to stay
in touch with my family.
I’m not the best cook so I let them
teach me new recipes via FaceTime.
My cousins taught me to make my
Aunt Peggy’s treasured spaghetti
sauce and my Aunt Carol taught me
to make my Pawpaw’s beans and
And these things helped.
Now, they didn’t make Covid go
away, of course.
They didn’t make our current situation
better. But they did make me feel
There’s a lot of doom and gloom in
this world right now and we can’t run
But we also can’t let that be all there
Yes, the world is different now.
Day sometimes feels like night.
Monday feels like Wednesday feels
We’ll never forget the shock that
was March and April.
But it is in fact August.
It might not be what was once
your “normal,” but look for something
that makes you happy.
Consumer Health Guide for Southern West Virginia
AUGUST 2020 • Volume 16, Issue 4
Publisher: Randy Mooney
Consulting Editor: Michelle James
Thrive Project Coordinator: Michelle James
Contributors: Connie Gottshall, Family Features, Michelle James,
Josephine E. Moore, WVU Health Sciences
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