The Grapevine: Adjusting to Quarantine, Why it's Okay to Quit, and Sympathy to Jim, Karen Marks' Family

By Rosalyn Queen on November 19, 2020 from The Grapevine via

I think I am finally adjusting to the quarantine.  Not completely, but better.  
I am worried that this may not be best for me, but for now it is better than the alternative.  My lounge recliner and I have become great friends.  The Bridgeport Library is my lifeline and I truly thank them for their great choices of reading for me.  
Most days I go to the post office, to the grocery store, sometimes the pharmacy and then home.  About twice a week I stop at the PWA to check on things.  I continue to have coffee with Mike at Almost Heaven and I still eat out several times a week, being sure to adhere to pandemic rules.  I thought that perhaps I should start crocheting again but I have not quite gotten into that.  Maybe later.  I miss my family and friends, but it will end eventually.
This past week, while reading one of my magazines I ran across an article titled “A Good Quit Feels Powerful” by Mary Laura Philpott.  Have we all found ourselves in a position when we continue doing something, knowing full well that it is time to quit? Do we need to quit crocheting those Afghans that really no one has a use for?  Do we need to quit cooking exotic dishes when we live alone?  Do we need to quit collecting newspaper articles that only clutter our homes?  The list goes on and on.  Habits are hard to break and it takes a lot of resolve to quit.
But the article goes on to say “It takes courage to quit something, but often you get that courage back with dividends.  The older I get the more I find that a good quit feels powerful.  Deciding what you will not have in your life is as important as deciding what you will have.  Trying out something you expect to love, realizing you do not really love it, and giving it back ... that takes guts.  It means understanding that success is not about nailing every role. It is about choosing the roles you play and how well you want to play them.”
Instead of fall house cleaning this year, cover up the dirt with decorations and delve into your “quit” list.  There is just one word of advice, we cannot quit our children and family just learn to quit what aggravates you and deal with what you can accept.
My sincere sympathy to Jim and Karen Marks and their family. I am sure that Angie will leave a great void in their family.
Mark your calendars for the PWA holiday bake sale on Dec. 4 at the Uptown Event Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Get your favorite cookie, fudge, Chex mix, and pita piata for the holidays.
If you are planning a small holiday party schedule the dining room at the Uptown event Center.  We can supply social distancing.  Call 304-624-6881.
Plan on attending the PWA meeting on Friday, Nov. 20 at noon.  A Thanksgiving lunch will be served free to all members attending.  I encourage you to attend and help us keep the Center open.
I hope you all have a thankful Thanksgiving with your family.  Stay healthy and until next week “Now You Have Heard It Through The Grapevine.”

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