Most of us are doing our best to help ‘flatten the curve,’ accepting hardships to help health care workers and hospitals avoid a crisis. All of us are impacted by Covid-19, through a neighbor who may be in harms way because of their work in health care, or a family member at higher risk, or the gal down the street who has just been laid off from her job.

Photo Credit: Chuck Roelofs

Hasn’t it been heartening to see the ingenuity, problem solving, and willingness of many to help others during these past few weeks? From sewing face masks to address critical shortages, to donating blood, to simply calling a neighbor who may need help with a grocery run.  Those efforts are also ‘flattening the curve’ – creating a direct connection between people, reducing the feeling of aloneness and worry.

We’ve probably all seen the advice, but it bears repeating. Create a gratitude list and add to it every day, acknowledging the people and actions that have made your day better. Call your mom or high school buddy or neighbor to check in and see if you can do anything to help them. Forgive the idiot who cuts you off in traffic, who knows what kind of stress they are facing (or maybe they really are an idiot, which is too bad also).

Photo Credit: Chuck Roelofs
All of us at Marine Mills Folk School look forward to getting back to creating opportunities for learning and connecting. But in the meantime, we’re using our time and space to create connections: to helpful web sites, to fun or helpful facts, to nature, and to each other.

Photo Credit: Chuck Roelofs

Thanks to Chuck Roelofs, a photographer from Forest Lake, who is generously letting us display his beautiful images of nature. If you missed this piece about him, check it out now.