Feeling guilty that I am not stressed out, annoyed, or overwhelmed. I fully realize this is different for everyone, and I feel for those who are sick, or have family members sick, or if you work in health care, but for me this whole self isolation thing has been quite pleasant so far. Remote teaching has been easy and enjoyable. I have a lot of time to read, write and run. My kids are finding ways to entertain themselves for the most part. I have even finally had time to update all my websites and social media profiles.

I know this can all change in an instant, but I’m leaning in to the enjoyment factor for now.

Perspective helps, especially when it’s historical perspective.

“It’s unfortunate that this has happened. No. It’s fortunate that this has happened and I’ve remained unharmed by it—not shattered by the present or frightened of the future. It could have happened to anyone. But not everyone could have remained unharmed by it.” – Marcus Aurelius

Regular reminders help.

For your consideration- Sir Patrick Stewart ( Professor Xavier, Captain Picard) is reading a Shakespearean sonnet a day on his Instagram page. That is all.

All this self isolating is allowing me to plow through my Netflix queue. Just finished THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY. A lot of fun. Just what I need these days.

If anyone wants to lean into this whole seclusion vibe and embrace the silence here are a few recommendations. Movies with next to no dialogue but incredibly compelling all the same. (Basically, exactly the kind of movie I like best.)

Into Great Silence: It is an intimate portrayal of the everyday lives of Carthusian monks of the Grande Chartreuse, a monastery high in the French Alps.

Under The Skin: Loosely based on the 2000 novel of the same name by Michel Faber. It stars Scarlett Johansson as an otherworldly woman who preys on men in Scotland.

All is Lost: Robert Redford as a man lost at sea.

And one quick reading recommendation- Montaigne’s Essays, especially “On Solitude”

As a former homeschooling family it is kind of fun watching other families finding out how rewarding learning with your own kids can be. Don’t get me wrong there will be days when you want to kill each other to, but on balance it’s such a worthwhile endeavor.

The only thing with the potential to do more damage than a global pandemic is a global panic. Take a deep breath. Humanity has been through this before, and it will go through it again. Live a life your grandkids will be proud of.