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may your day be OK.

"And I learned there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead, and some come from behind. But I've brought a big bat. I'm all ready, you see. Now my troubles are going to have trouble with me." - Dr. Seuss

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Happy Friyay

It's hard to know what to say in a situation that is not only affecting people in so many different ways, but is also changing by the hour. There's one thing for certain: every single one of us is trying to navigate a new normal.

So, today I just wanted to share a few links to help make your time at home a bit brighter. But first, this poem by Richard Hendrick says everything I cannot:

Yes, there is fear.
Yes, there is isolation.
Yes, there is panic buying.
Yes, there is sickness.
Yes, there is even death.

They say that in Wuhan, after so many years of noise,
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet,
The sky is no longer thick with fumes,
But blue and grey and clear.

They say that in the streets of Assisi,
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.

They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.

Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighborhood,
So that the elders may have someone to call on.

Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome and shelter
the homeless, the sick, the weary.

All over the world, people are slowing down and reflecting.
All over the world, people are looking at their neighbors in a new way.
All over the world, people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.

So we pray and we remember that
Yes, there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes, there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes, there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes, there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul.
Yes, there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.

Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,

This adorable pair of penguins walking around an aquarium while they've got the whole place to themselves.

How to draw, paint, bake, and countless other crafts through Brit+Co.'s online classes , which they're offering for free this month if you use the code: SELFCARE.

Takeout from your favorite local restaurant. This website lists and sorts small food businesses by city and allows you to easily purchase gift cards to help support. And it's growing every day.

The fresh air through these awesome virtual tours of our National Parks .

  At ease with free meditation from Headspace , as they're offering extra support during this confusing time.
And if you don't know, now you know...
Exercising at home just got a little bit easier with more fitness centers and programs offering free fitness classes you can do from your living room .


-Gal Gadot, Will Ferrell, and 25 other celebrities

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