Alex Trebek’s Wife Encourages Everyone During COVID-19: ‘Come Back to What is Most Important’

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Jean Trebek, the wife of “Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek, shared encouragement for all those currently facing the effects of the coronavirus.

Trebek, whose husband is battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer, said time spent inside and isolated can be spent on one’s own personal improvement. Time spent social distancing can also be used to reach out to loved ones and family members, she added in a post for

“Although we are physically being confined to a limited amount of external outings and gatherings, we also have the great opportunity to truly be or invest in ourselves at a deeper level… to learn new things, discover old hobbies, explore all the places you can reorganize in your house, and touch base with some family and friends that you haven’t talked with in a while,” she wrote.

As BizPac Review reports, Trebek encouraged people to spend the extra free time they have (perhaps as a result of being furloughed or working remotely) to “come back to what is most important in life.”

“The world is on a grand retreat,” she continued, adding that society is on “a much-needed break from all the business, agendas, routines, politics, etc.”

“I feel that we’re each being asked to take a good look at ourselves and the lives we’ve been living, and perhaps use the time to give our inner world some vital attention,” she contended. “To come back to what is most important in life.”

Trebek said people can use the COVID-19 and its subsequent social distancing guidelines as a positive thing: reassessing how they have been living and make changes.

“To recognize the simple actions we are each taking, rather than mindlessly moving through our day on autopilot,” Trebek said.

“What am I drawn to these days? Whether it’s resting and catching up on sleep or trying out a new hobby or perhaps baking a loaf of bread…I can choose to take this precious time to acknowledge what feels nurturing and respectful to my life, which ultimately will then have a benevolent effect on my outer world,” she added.

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Trebek, who is a reiki master, said the coronavirus could result in a better society should people use their time indoors and away from others to learn and grow.

“I actually find myself in gratitude for the realization of how temporary this beautiful life is,” she concluded. “[A]nd my deep appreciation that as a human race we are becoming more conscious of our interconnectedness which will lead us to creating a new world that works for everyone.”