Like most of you, I have been receiving e-newsletters from various businesses – both big and small – in regards to the COVID-19. Some of these emails have focused on how the business is supporting customers/clients during this time. Other offer suggestions on how to maximize the time at home both for business and family. Still others are simply giving information on closures and modified hours. Many give information on hygiene. But the most compelling e-blast I received today was from Richard Davidson, the founder of an organization called The Center for Healthy Minds. In the newsletter, Davidson reminded his readers that social distancing not only limits the exposure of the COVID-19 virus to ourselves, but is also an “act of generosity and compassion towards others.” By limiting interactions, staying home, opting for online or virtual meet ups, we are thinking of the greater good and how these choices can help others stay healthy. He sums up the letter by saying …”even with the stress and anxiety and unprecedented challenges that we are facing with this pandemic, we can be grateful for the many opportunities to recognize our basic good nature and to extend our self-care to the caring for so many others.” His words gave me pause, enabled me to re-frame my thinking. For this I am grateful.
In this same realm, the owners of Camarillo Pilates have chosen to close their doors this week even as other gyms are continuing to stay open. At their request, I have copied their email below. I know it wasn’t an easy decision by any means, but I applaud Cori and Jimmy for doing their part to help stop the spread of this virus. As you all know I am on maternity leave, but please keep in contact with your subs and with the studio as the days and weeks unfold. They will be the best ones to let you know of new developments and when the studio will reopen for privates and group classes.
For my part I continue to be home in my little cocoon with my boys. Besides a mild cold that my 4 year old has, we are all healthy. Thank you for the texts and emails, I enjoy hearing from you all!
As always – be well, breathe well and stay in touch,