A Little Perspective – Keep Calm and Wash Your Hands

by | Mar 12, 2020

A Little Perspective

by Kelley Pom | Music by Lou Pine and Regan James

“I’m craving a little perspective. That’s it! I’d like some fresh, clear, well-seasoned perspective. Can you suggest a good wine to go with that?”

Those are the famous words of Anton Ego, from the timeless film, Ratatouille.

Perspective is the capacity to view things in their true relationship to one another, or their relative importance. And I think right about now we could all stand to order up some fresh, clear, well-seasoned perspective (with an appropriately complementing glass of wine).

We’re going through some trying times, but we’ve done this before. Some personally, some maybe only through the ghosts of ancestors. But done just the same.

My blog is not a social commentary, but I would be remiss if I didn’t at least try to share a little perspective.

There are those that would tell you we’re nearing the end of days. There are those that would tell you we have nothing to worry about. And I believe that somewhere in between, lies the truth.

That life is fragile. Always has been. Always will be.

That we are capable of being strong and resilient. Always have been. Always will be.

And that the best we can do is to be as well-informed as possible, taking the time and interest to look at things from every aspect without getting our medical advice from opinion or social media, and make the best decisions we can with the information we have.

No matter what your viewpoint may be, it’s a good time to live with as much common sense as you can muster. Practice good handwashing. Eat a healthy diet to keep yourself strong. Make air kisses instead of shaking hands. Avoid crowds whenever possible. Take your vitamins and drink a lot of water, just because.

And keep living life with joie de vivre!

This could be a good time to stay home a little more; to work on those projects you never get around to, stretch your culinary wings and share your efforts with a special someone by candlelight, or let yourself just be cozy with some classic movies. Let’s do this thing like a boss!

What’s a mystery to me is the sudden disappearance of hand soap. Were people not washing their hands before? And what’s with the toilet paper? Is there something I’m supposed to be doing with toilet paper? Is it a secret antidote? Please, tell me if you know!

I hope we can all share help and calmness in the face of difficult times.

Wrapping up with a few more immortal words from Ratatouille; “The only thing predictable about life, is its unpredictability.”

 Wishing you health and prosperity.


  1. Meghan Fialkoff

    Haha “Were people not washing their hands before?” Made me laugh out loud !!! And ps I did go to Target yesterday and did buy the Meyers basil scented soap (the one you have in your kitchen bathroom) 😅 I also love the sound of the rain in the background of your recording ❤️

  2. Jodi Weissberg

    😀😀😀😀! Thank you!

  3. Josie Harke

    Thank you Kelley… made me feel more calm after I read your blog.

  4. Bobbi

    Love you Kelley. You are such a calming force. Look forward to your blogs I read and listen to them all. This one should go viral. Such sanity!!!! I too had to laugh on ” Were people not washing their hands before?” Be nice if the rain we are having in Calif. will clean up some of the “mess”.

  5. Robin Bogan

    Correct and brilliant assessment. Thank you. Yes what is the deal with the toilet paper?

  6. Christopher Callen

    Mon Amie,

    Lovely —and shared it on my FB page . Well said and demonstrated ! xo C.

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