Prudent or Panic?

12 Mar

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

Everyone it seems has an opinion on Coronavirus. Even defining panic is controversial. Is making sure you have adequate supplies to minimize spreading the germ prudent or panic?

When a snow storm is expected in the South milk and bread disappears from the grocery shelves. When a hurricane threatens, batteries, water, ice, bread, lunch meat, snack food, and for some, alcohol become must have commodities. I would call this preparation, not panic. Prudent preparation for hurricanes should begin weeks before the season begins!

So how does one prepare for a virus that may require a 14 day quarantine? Ideally I would plan to order online and pay for delivery, but what if services like InstaCart are overwhelmed? Then I began thinking about how our church could reach out to it’s members and community.

I sent an email to our church about setting up a delivery plan for online orders at grocery stores, Walmart, Target and even restaurants. (I haven’t heard back LOL). Today I made bone broth for the freezer to have on hand should one of us become ill. As I poured it into pint containers I wondered if I should make more to share should a neighbor fall ill.

Let’s think about ways to look out for each other. To borrow a phrase, “if you see something, do something.” I would appreciate ideas on how as individuals, organizations and churches we can help each other make it through this scary time.

I'm a winnerAfter my retirement, I decided to re-learn the canning and preserving skills I learned from my mother but hadn’t practiced for twenty years. I titled the blog Old Things R New to chronicle my experience.  Since then I have been blessed to have six other bloggers join me, DiVoran Lites, Bill Lites,  Judy Wills, Louise Gibson, Janet Perez Eckles and Melody Hendrix

In addition to blogging, I work as the publicist/marketer/ amateur editor and general  “mom Friday” for my author daughter, Rebekah Lyn. I also manage her website, Rebekah Lyn Books  where we frequently host the best in up and coming authors.

My 2019 goal is to use my love of photographs and words to be an encourager on social media. You can visit Real Life Books and Media You Tube Channel if you would like to view some of the mini-videos I have created for our church, Gateway Community in Titusville, Fl.

8 Responses to “Prudent or Panic?”

  1. Bill Smith March 19, 2020 at 1:54 pm #

    Hi Onisha- Great blog I stumbled on! I also checked out Rebekah Lyn and she is awesome! I was wondering if your 2019 goals were met and what your 2020 goals are. Stay healthy!

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  2. divoran09 March 14, 2020 at 3:58 pm #

    that is a very good idea

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  3. fuonlyknew March 13, 2020 at 11:35 am #

    People here are panicked and it worries me. The media is scaring everyone and it could get people hurt.I hope and pray this is not as bad as it is being portrayed.

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  4. Jennah March 12, 2020 at 12:26 pm #

    My husband and I believe it is pure panic. We believe the media is making it worse and causing people to freak out. I definitely don’t agree with these stock up on things people. I am not a bread and milk kind of person and we always laugh at those who are. I believe God is in control and this coronavirus worry is for nothing! I am concerned about my grandson getting the flu. It has hit a couple in our family and it’s pretty nasty to deal with. No one has ever taken these kind of precautions over the flu and other sicknesses. There are true times to be prepared such as flooding or if you live near the beach and hurricanes are in the forecast. This coronavirus stuff will blow over and people will see how much they over reacted. The media is loving it as well as the toilet paper companies I am sure! 🙂

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  5. Onisha Ellis March 12, 2020 at 11:19 am #

    Thank you. I wasn’t sure I should write it.

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  6. robertawrites235681907 March 12, 2020 at 7:58 am #

    This is a great article. Hoping for the best but planning for the worst in a considered way.

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  7. Daniel Kemp March 12, 2020 at 7:08 am #

    A lot of common sense in that article.

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    • Onisha Ellis March 12, 2020 at 11:20 am #

      I am definitely concerned for my husband. Trying to keep the situation in perspective. Take care of yourself. You are in my prayers.

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