How to Handle a World That is Falling Apart


Buy books. Obviously. Because if you must be quarantined in your house for weeks at a time then heaven forbid you run out of reading material. No, the five-million unread books you already own are not enough. Silly you. You must organize the perfect reading list for the occasion and of course, this will require a few book purchases. Never say that every cloud does not have a silver lining.

Buy tea because the only thing almost as bad as running out of books is running out of tea. You must have endless cups to handle each new piece of information about the doom all around you.

Buy chocolate. No one has ever said it cures the Coronavirus but, at the same time, no one has ever said it doesn't.

Bury your head in the sand occasionally. No one needs all the information all the time.

Give in to your introvert tendencies. If you are anything like me you fight a constant battle between the desire to stay home and the feeling that you should socialize. Stop fighting. Stay home. What did I say about a silver lining?

Worry, because we all are going to anyway. But then, plan something fun because this too shall pass and everyone needs something to look forward to.

Clean your attic, paint your bathroom, organize your garage, decorate your bedroom. Maybe it takes a world pandemic to make you get around to these projects but hey, at least they are getting done. And yes, those are all things actually on my list.

Roll your eyes and tut-tut at the people who buy all the toilet paper and go to work sick. They are annoying and not too smart but you, you are all set. When it all ends, we can emerge and rebuild the world with the skills we are learning doing our projects around the house.

And we will have books, tea, and chocolate for all.







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  1. Brilliant advice!!

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  2. Love this a lot !
    I think Stephen King’s The Stand & Camus’ The Plague are a good start, but then I’ll need something completely different - maybe some Angela Thirkrll, may even reread an Austen. If the world is going to hell, then I’d like be in fine (refined) company 😂

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    1. I haven't read either of the first two you mention but I think Thirkell and Austen are always good ideas.

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  3. I did buy some dry powdered milk, which I would never normally have in my pantry, just in case, so I would have milk for my tea. And the TBR stacks are still comfortingly high.

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    1. Hmm, maybe I should buy powdered milk for my tea. It doesn't sound good but life without tea sounds even worse.

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  4. Books, tea & chocolate: the perfect survival kit! And you're right on the nose with your advice about staying home because that is what I really want to do anyway. (Just last evening, I demurred to but concert tickets for early April, using the pandemic as my 'reason'.)

    Keep well!

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    1. And now you have more time with your books, tea, and chocolate. Though it is possible that, at some point soon, we will all start to go a little stir-crazy. That day hasn't come yet though.

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