Our Common Thread

Our Common Thread is also the title of the June/July 2020 Vogue devoted to Creativity in a Time of Crisis.

Photos and quotes of actors photographers fashion designers and others detailed what they were doing living through the pandemic.

Here’s what my quote would be:

Christina Bruni – Brooklyn

I take joy in cooking meals. I feel better when I eat well and break a sweat.

As consistently as possible I exercise 2x per week. Going outside for walks I stay far away from people who haven’t covered their open faces.

My joy is thinking of the coming summer. The chance to talk walk outside even though I might have to use a bandanna to cover my face.

Little things count for a lot like cleaning the bathroom once a week.

My goals have been put on hold. I have the privilege to be indoors doing what it takes to be well so as not to get infected with the coronavirus.

Grocery workers and hospital workers are on the job every day. Their robust efforts make it possible for someone like me to be healthy.

What I’ve thought while life has turned around like a Tilt-a-Whirl ride through this uncertain time:

Be grateful for what you have. You have everything right inside you that you need to succeed. Respect the natural world and the human beings living alongside you on this green and glorious earth.

Each of us gets only this life to live on this one planet. Live for today. Focus on the present moment before it’s gone.

Today is the greatest day. Only today matters.

The past had an expiration date–it ended. The future isn’t guaranteed.

Today is a gift to open and rejoice in.

Pay attention to the birds singing on your fire escape. Listen to the song of life.

There’s no safety in playing it safe. The path of least resistance leads to a dead end.

Author: Chris Bruni

Christina Bruni is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Left of the Dial. She contributed a chapter "Recovery is Within Reach" to Benessere Psicologico: Contemporary Thought on Italian American Mental Health. As well as an author and activist, Bruni is an artist and athlete.

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