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I’m currently reading Yale Professor Nicholas Christakis’s newly released book Apollo’s Arrow, an insightful study of pandemic disease that has been a vitally instructive companion for me amidst our current national surge of the Coronavirus. He notes, “Plagues reshape our familiar social order, require us to disperse and live apart, wreck economies,…and cause grief. But plagues also elicit kindness, cooperation, sacrifice, and ingenuity.” My invitation to you is to replace your own COVID fatigue with the purposeful challenge of integrating these virtues into your daily approach to living in this “moment”. This time calls us to approach each day with our best selves.
What might that look like? It could enable us to replace disappointment with creative intervention as happened last weekend at EastView. The Governor’s recent order banning multi-household gatherings required me to clarify for one couple that a long-planned dinner party with two close friends from town was now restricted. In seconds, the disappointment of this news was replaced with renewed energy and ingenuity. “I’ve just figured out what I will do. I’ll go ahead and cook the entire meal I have been planning, pack half of it up and deliver it to their door, and then head back home and we’ll eat together by Zoom.” Best selves, creative intervention, fun evening, staying home, staying safe.
Let’s keep encouraging each other by sharing our stories of leading with kindness, cooperation, sacrifice, and ingenuity. EastView is hosting space on our website homepage to post your inspirations. Please send your story or ideas for creative intervention to CommunityStrong@eastviewmiddlebury.com .
To our Residents, Family Members, Staff and Local Community,
We continue our stringent measures to protect our entire community from COVID-19; restricting site access, social distancing and routine health and temperature checks, as detailed on this page. As of today, we have no diagnosed cases of COVID-19.
I’m happy to provide an update on our successful “Masks en Masse” program (see below for details). We have collected over 350 protective masks from our community in a single week, and are quickly distributing them to seniors in need in our community. At EastView, we are proud to support seniors not just in our facility, but in the broader Addison County community as well. Please continue to donate your homemade, washable masks – we remain committed to ensuring that local seniors needing masks have them. Click here for information about how to donate masks or request one: eastviewmiddlebury.com/masks. We recognize that a face mask is the ultimate hug we can share with each other in these difficult Coronavirus times.
We’re so grateful for our amazing health care providers – the job they do and their upbeat energy each and every day. Our team has been inspired by John Krasinski’s “Some Good News” program on YouTube, and are creating our own version of capturing the joy in these challenging times. Check out this preview – I think you’ll be inspired too!
I will continue to provide updates on live at EastView here – please check back frequently. Should you have any questions, contact us at 802-989-7500 or through email at: CommunityStrong@eastviewmiddlebury.com
In these social distancing COVID-19 times, what’s the best way to share a hug?
EastView at Middlebury is coordinating a community-oriented, simple distribution system between area crafters of face masks & our region’s friends and neighbors who need them most – those over 60 and those with compromised immune systems.
Together we can get hundreds of masks onto the faces of our most vulnerable friends during Vermont’s peak COVID-19 exposure time.