“These Three Things”

It was during this last month of quarantine that I learned that three important components are absolutely necessary to survive being “SAFE at home.” They are patience, tolerance and forgiveness, and most often, in that order. 

You need to have patience with the people you live with, the people you deal with and with yourself. Every one of us will have a day of feeling stressed and anxious, and every one of us will take that out on someone else who had nothing to do with it. Therein lies the patience. Be patient in knowing that all of us are experiencing this in different ways and act out in different ways. Be patient with others and be patient with yourself while you’re trying to be patient with them!

You need to try to have some amount of tolerance of the behavior of others in order to have the patience you need to tolerate their moments of lashing out. That’s not to say that you have to be a doormat and the recipient of someone else’s anxiety or stress. It just means that on those occasions (and I hope they are few!) that someone takes out their mood on you, be tolerant and be patient with them.

And most importantly, you need to practice forgiveness. You need to forgive the people that you had to be patient and tolerant with, and you need to forgive yourself for the days that you couldn’t be.

These are difficult times we’re living in and I truly believe that patience, tolerance and forgiveness are a must. Under normal circumstances we may not have to practice tolerance of “not so good” behavior as much, but right now we do, as long as it’s not on a daily basis and not bordering on abusive. 

I know that we’re all trying to get through this as best we can and some days are just too much to handle, but we need to remember to not only be patient, tolerant and forgiving of others, but of ourselves as well. 

If you can practice these three things, toss in a large dose of kindness for others and yourself as well, you will find “safety AND serenity” at home. 

Hang in there…you’re doing just fine!

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

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“Finding Your Strength During The Coronavirus”

I wrote a story in my latest book, “Each Breath Along The Journey” called “Moment’s In Life.” In it I write about the importance of turning off the world during crazy times so that you can find your strength to turn it back on. How true that is right now!

Take a listen.

“Sometimes you have to turn the world off to find the strength you need to turn it back on.”

Stay calm. Stay safe. Stay home.

It’s a good thing.

Wishing you love and light

~Anne Dennish~

(You can find “Each Breath Along The Journey,” as well as my other two books, “Waking Up: Lessons Learned Through My Adventures With Life and Breast Cancer” and “My Collective Soul: Things I Know Without Knowing Why” on Amazon.com. All books are available on Kindle.)

 

 

 

“Taken For Granted”

I’ve been home and in my house for almost two weeks now, and I will say this, I’ve had a lot of time to think about so many things.

The main thing I was thinking about was all the things that I’ve taken for granted.

I always complained about how much I disliked going to the food store. I’ll never say it again because I miss being able to go.

I  sometimes felt that it was easier to reach out to someone by phone or text than try and meet somewhere in person. I’ll never feel that way again because I miss hugs, handshakes and being out in public.

I thought that everyone took kindness and compassion for granted but I don’t think that anymore because I’ve seen a State, a Country and the World show amazing examples of those qualities.

So many things that we all took for granted that I am sure will NEVER be taken for granted again. 

The world is a different place right now and we’re all living in a “new normal,” yet I think that is a good thing, especially if it’s taught us all how precious life is and how much of the “little things” we took for granted. 

Maybe, just maybe, we will all come through this a little different and a lot better. 

Maybe, just maybe, the entire world will, too.

It’s a good thing.

Stay calm. Stay safe. Stay home.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

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“Tips To Stay Calm During Social Distancing”

We’re already into the second week of “social distancing” and there are some people experiencing anxiety and stress from this virus. I find myself feeling anxious at times, especially since I’ve been quarantined for two weeks now, but I do have some tips that can help you to stay calm.

Right now we’re living in the “new normal” until this virus is under control and wiped out. Until then, do what you can to take care of yourself.

Take a listen to my video…I hope it helps.

Stay calm. Stay safe. Stay home.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

“Week Two of Social Distancing”

We’re on the second week of “social distancing.” How are you holding up?

Stay calm, stay safe and stay home. It’s time we do our part to save the world and the people in it!

It’s a good thing.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

“COVID-19…Checking In On Day 5”

I’m going to be checking in with you as often as I can. This is from my Facebook LIVE! Enjoy!

Stay calm. Stay safe. Stay home.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

 

“I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends”

As we all settle in for the next 15 days to help to stop the spread of COVID-19, it’s important that we stick together and are there for one another in whatever way that we can.

I will continue to share my posts with you and will be doing a LIVE video each day to check in with you. 

I am also letting you know that beginning tomorrow, March 18th, I will be here and available for anyone who needs to talk to help them through this time. I will be available by phone at 732-800-1012 between the hours of 10 am until 4 pm EST.  You can PM me if there is a specific time of day that you want me to set aside for you or just give a call when the spirit moves you! If you need an evening time let me know. I know I’M not going anywhere! LOL! 

Tensions and anxiety can run high during times like that and it’s important that we remain as calm as we can. If you’re having one of those moments or just feel like “checking in” with me, give a call! 

We’re all going to get through this and now, more than ever, we need to believe that “we’ll get by with a little help from our friends!”

Because we will.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

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“High Risk”

That’s what the cancer institute told me yesterday when they called to reschedule my six month check-up for this morning. They didn’t want anyone coming there unless it was for treatment. Yes, I’m six years clear of cancer but I also take a medication once a day which keeps it gone, and because chemo stays in your body for years and because of the medication I take, I’m high risk.

I asked them what I should do. They said to stay out of crowds and not to be anywhere with more than 15 people there.They said to wear a mask and to follow the protocol of hand washing and be careful to stay clear of crowds and sick people.

So, what does that mean to me? Am I scared? 

No.

I’m not scared.

Everyone has a different opinion on this virus and I respect them all, but my feeling is that the governments across the world are simply trying to prevent the virus from spreading to more people than those who already have it.

I don’t think we’ll all be living a different lifestyle forever, just for now. The focus is on COVID-19 but the same protocol goes for any virus or flu. Maybe it’s blown out of proportion, maybe it’s not, but it is what it is. All the lock downs and shutdowns of public events are for a reason: to prevent the virus from spreading.

I’m not scared, but am concerned. I’ll be taking my precautions as the oncologist has told me and will look at this as positively as I can. It’s a time to be home with my family, a time to write and declutter my home, and a time to reflect on the many things we take for granted that can now be appreciated.

I know that “this too shall pass” and until it does I’m going to make the best of it.

And I hope you will, too.

Be well, stay healthy, and wash your hands every chance you get!

And let’s keep each other in our thoughts and prayers.

It’s a good thing.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

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“Social Distancing On My Birthday”

“And on the first day of the next year of my life…”

I’m practicing “safe social distancing” and helping to “flatten the curve.” Aside from the precautions that we’re all being told to take, I have my boys doing the same for me. They’re telling me what I should and shouldn’t be doing and as a mom it melts my heart to know how much they care about me.

They’re still looking out for me even on my birthday! My two youngest were here with my birthday cake and as you can see by the picture, they were sure to practice social distancing! Of course I laughed because I think laughter is the best medicine in any situation. It lightens the mood and takes your mind off of things.

And we sure laughed!

So here I am on the “first day of the next year of my life” laughing with my family, enjoying my “vegan” chocolate birthday cake, and finding peace and serenity by sitting in my backyard with the sun shining on my face.

Maybe this “social distancing” thing isn’t such a bad thing after all.

Stay well. Stay healthy. Stay calm.

And remember to laugh.

It’s a good thing.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

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“15 Days”

Well, it’s real now! Yesterday our country was asked to stay home for 15 days in the attempt to stop the spreading of COVID-19. Restaurants, movie theaters, gyms and more are all closed to the public. It’s a situation that needs to be taken seriously by all of us.

I’m always saying that “it’s time to make a difference and we can make that difference together.”

Now, more than ever, it’s true. It’s true as a country and as the world. All we need to do at this moment is to stay home and practice “social distancing” for the next 15 days. When we all join in together and do this, we’re doing our part in helping to prevent the virus from spreading further. 

I decided to voluntarily quarantine myself last week and am certainly doing my part in “flattening the curve.” I hope that all of you will do the same. Let’s all be a part of the solution, not the problem.

Make the best of the next 15 days. Stay home, read a book, watch a movie, clean your closets, or just take this time to relax. Remember, you’re not only protecting yourself, but you’re protecting hospital workers, EMT’s, nurses, doctors, police, fire and all responders that serve and protect your community. You’re also protecting your family, friends, and neighbors.

Let’s respect each other and follow the guidelines in place for “safe social distancing.”

Let’s “flatten the curve” together.

It’s a good thing.

Stay calm. Stay healthy. Stay home.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

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