Rinehardt Law - May 2020

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MAY 2020

EVERY DAY IS A NEW ADVENTURE The last couple months have been an adjustment for all of us. Everyone is dealing with their own challenges amid this global crisis. For a while, I was in the habit of waking up in the morning and reaching for my phone to check the news. Anyone else? I realized

While libraries have been closed, I’ve been appreciating e-books and audiobooks. I’ve been impressed with the resources educational companies are making available for kids and families through this time. I’m grateful for all the resources that can help people stay in the right frame of mind through all of this.

that this habit was not serving me and often made me feel more stressed out and anxious. Lately, I’ve been scrolling through the news less and only staying up to date on what I need to know.

Both of my kids have had many questions about everything going on, and we’ve had a lot of conversations about what is happening and how we can stay informed and still find moments of joy. My older son is staying at his college apartment because it’s easier for him to focus on his classes there. Thank goodness we live in an age when we have access to technological tools like FaceTime and Zoom that help us stay connected with the people we love. My high schooler is home with me, and we’re trying to make the most of this time and create positive habits. Neither of my kids is fond of online learning, which is funny considering they’re fine with it for entertainment. My younger son is the type to ask a lot of questions and stay after class to talk to the teacher, so this has been a shift for him. My kids are at an age where I don’t try to protect them from the news. Instead, I try to help them stay informed and find reliable sources to get information. They’re both old enough to make decisions without me, and I feel the need to make sure they know what’s going on and why it’s important to stay home For my part, I’m trying to stay positive and look at each day as a new adventure. To do that, I’ve had to adjust some of my habits.

It’s tough, but we have to figure out how to get through this.

I’ve been thinking a lot about our clients and what they are going through. I know this time can’t be easy. For those who’ve suffered injuries that confine them to their homes, they may have already gone through a period of removal from society that so many of us have been experiencing the last couple months. It’s hard to have your life disrupted and be separated from your loved ones. Let’s use this as a reminder to show extra compassion to one another. We are all in this together. We can help one another get through it. Find your “new” normal that helps you stay positive and healthy. Reach out to a loved one just to see how they’re doing. And when you’re looking for something light and positive to watch, I’d recommend turning to Mr. Rogers.

I’m also not the type of person who can watch thrillers or movies about pandemics through all this — I don’t have enough mental energy for that. Instead, I look for lighter entertainment that doesn’t require as much focus. Last month, I watched “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” the film about Mr. Rogers, a journalist who interviewed him, and how the PBS star impacted that journalist’s life. Let me tell you, I needed that uplifting story in my life! It was a very touching movie. My go-to entertainment is a bit more on the humorous side. When I’m stressed and need something light, I turn to “The Office.” It never fails to make me laugh, and it’s comforting to return to the familiar storylines and characters.

–Melanie Fahey

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