Monday March 23, 2020 - Being Social

I’m missing people and missing contact.  We all are.  That’s the toughest thing so far for me about this virus and staying home.  I really felt it this morning on my walk with our dog Beau. The neighbor dogs come to their fences to greet us, and with social distancing we don’t even get to exchange sniffs and rubs with them.  I saw a demonstration on a video with a black light how bacteria and viruses can even be transferred to and from a pet when you pet them.  It rips their hearts out and mine too.  I always say how we are all one, and without physical contact it really messes up the emotions that go along with that knowledge of oneness.  My heart knows, but it feels differently than my brain.  I have to feel this in my brain too.  And with so much worry hanging over our heads we really need a hug.  I’ve proposed to friends that whenever they need a hug they should hug themselves while I hug myself.  It’s not the same, but at least we each get a hug out of it.  And this won’t be over tomorrow or the next day.  So many folks have encouraged us to reach out via phone and video to each other as much as we can.  I’ve been trying to do that as much as possible.  I urge you to do the same.  Technology can help us stay in touch if we can figure it out. 😉 So settle in and reach out as much as you can.  I’ll be thinking of you and reaching out, and you can do the same.  I know I’m not making a lot of sense this week, but I’m struggling with how to deal with this too - knowing that in the end it will all be okay and we’ll all understand. 

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What have I been up to? 

Sunday morning I released the first video of several songs I have written in the last year or so that are related to my blog posts.  I’m trying to give what I can to help people cope with all that is going on.  These are songs I performed at Cuchara Chapel for my monthly appearances there.  They are on my Facebook pages and my YouTube channel.  The first song is called “Every Morning.”  It lets us know us that every morning we can decide how we will face the day. 

https://www.facebook.com/TomMunchFans/ 

https://www.youtube.com/user/TomMunch 

Last Sunday was a mostly-request show on Facebook with folks I know from all kinds of places tuning in and sharing words of encouragement as we forgot our troubles for a while. 

I was also able to play for folks at one of my senior facilities over Facebook last week too.  Most of my facilities have required folks to be confined to their rooms, so I haven’t been able to play for them.  I know they could use the music, but for the time-being we’ll have to make due however we can.  I’ve let them know that I’m available to be one-on-one over video for any resident if it would help.  I want to help. 

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What’s up this week? 

Sunday 7-8:15 mountain time I’ll do another Facebook Live concert.  I plan to do these as long as we are dealing with the virus.  I enjoy getting to sing for you all, and folks say it really helps them get through the days.  Please tune in if you can. 

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That’s it for this week.  Take care of yourself.  Stay at home.  Reach out to all you can.  Meditate and pray.  Try to stay informed, but remember love is the most important thing in all the universe. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing a concert from my home 
Where:  online at facebook.com/tom.munch 
When:  Sunday, March 29, 7-8:15 pm mountain time