Saying that these are interesting times would be an understatement. I can’t imagine anyone has escaped the added stress brought on by this unprecedented situation. Here’s the thing, it’s not a contest. Getting the most stress certainly doesn't make you or me any sort of winner. There might be a prize, but that prize probably involves bypass surgery so I’ll pass on that trophy. That said, I’m not going to sit here and say that I am some expert on this. I’ve sat on my couch and cried this week. This is tough stuff. For some of us our businesses are being forced into full or partial closure. For others, their jobs are instantly gone and they have mouths to feed. Again, this is tough stuff.
The following is a list of the five things that I am doing to keep my sanity. If this helps, great. If not, no offense taken.
- Prayer, Meditation, Yoga, Whatever works for you. Find a way to turn it all off a few minutes. I tried yoga once while my dog sat across the room and laughed at me. I’ll stick with prayer but do what works for you.
- You have to move. Get outside for a few minutes. Take a walk. There’s just something about fresh air.
- Turn off the TV (or at the very least change the channel). The talking heads are just talking. Most everyday there is a press conference with the President and Dr. Fauci. Watch that and try to catch Governor Pritzker’s press conference. Mayor McNamara has been holding frequent press conferences as well. Watch these. These are the guys that can actually say things that affect your life.The others just add to your stress.
- Don’t believe or share anything that starts with “I heard” or “I guess” or “They’re saying.” Google things. Facts are great. Everything else will add to your stress.
- Focus on what you can do rather than what you can’t do.
So what is Lucha Cantina doing you might ask? Well we are trying to adapt to the new rules that took us from a full service restaurant and bar and made us into a restaurant only selling food curbside. We have put some systems in place to make this a pain free experience for our guests as they now find themselves eating at home instead of in the restaurants. While we only have a skeleton crew, the people working know they aren’t just working for their families, but they are also working to keep our small business open for all of their teammates who find themselves on unemployment right now. They will need a place to come back to after all this over and we are doing our best to make them proud. We are serving our full menu. Chicken Fajita Tacos and our Moo, Peep, Oink Enchiladas seem to be the biggest sellers right now.
We’d love for you to support us in this effort. We are doing curbside from 4 - 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and then we'll be out there from 4 - 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. I’ll be outside under the big Lucha Cantina tent waiting for you.
If you’re looking for other local businesses to support, please check out Winnebago Buy Local and Rockford Buzz both online and on Facebook.