Resurrection From Social Distancing And Isolation…

Resurrecting From Social Inactivity And Isolation…

Two months ago, I was contacted as a vendor to take part in a bi-annual outdoor festival sponsored by a local business to support kitten adoptions…

Since the pandemic, I have become the consummate social distance expert and masked crusader… I reluctantly moved forward and agreed to purchase a space with the hopes of the pandemic being under control to the point of life outside being a normal venture again…

As the dates of the weekend festival neared, I grew more apprehensive of becoming a part of the “unmasked” crowd…especially since I was still wavering on obtaining a clear cut mindset on “to vaccinate or not to vaccinate,” a question of decision that still haunts me and surfaced in a dream a few nights ago.

The day before the festival, I went to the location to pick up my space assignment.  Carefully masking up before emerging from my vehicle, I noticed the organizer standing a few feet away with a clipboard in hand…maskless! Once outside, I also noticed she was less than six feet away from another participant near her tent.  I took a quick look around and saw other participants setting up their tents and tables… without masks.  Then, I realized I was the only person wearing a mask…

The statewide mask mandate in our state expired on April 16, 2021. Private businesses, cities, towns and organizations could continue to keep their mask mandates should they choose to do so.  The city in which I live still requires the mask mandate.  The city where the festival was being held, lifted their mask mandate. Looking around me, I felt a wave of fear.

The maskless face and cheery attitude of the event organizer did little to ease my “deer in headlights” feeling…

She proceeded to give me my space number and participant instructions and led me down the stairs to my place in the lot.  As she was explaining the tent setup my eyes continued to dart around to various maskless individuals setting up with ease… When she concluded, I said goodbye and headed to my vehicle, anxious to leave this scene behind.

My anxiety to attend or not to attend grew through the night and culminated in a morning call to the organizer.  I wanted to let her know that I would not be participating in the weekend event.  Her husband answered and was quite understanding of my anxiety and offered up jokes to help ease the situation.  I felt relieved…

Social distancing and mask wearing…hand washing and sanitizing had become my new normal.  While I always hand washed and sanitized at the appropriate moments before the coronavirus, the frequency and the demand for it due to the pandemic had easily become second nature and an expectancy pertaining to all who entered my proximity, and my ritual of respect when I entered into someone else’s space and proximity…especially when going out to do necessary errands which intersected with others.  My responsibility of preserving my life also extends to preserving and protecting the lives of others during this pandemic.

With the easing of restrictions due to the drop in Covid-19 cases and vaccine attainment, resurrecting from social distancing and social inactivity will be the new hurdle to overcome. 

Until the pandemic is declared officially under control and cases drop below 100, we are not out of the woods.  A new surge or new variant strains can come in and upset the apple cart at any given moment…and lifting protocol because of those who are anxious to live life as it was before Covid because of promising results with the vaccine and prior social distancing practices…may be a few months premature…Time will definitely tell the complete tale.

Fear is the great inhibitor and it rears its ugly head in some capacity in our lives, every second of every day…new challenges of fear creep in…affecting even those who consider themselves fearless and invincible…they are just experts at “masking it.”

Sometimes, fear isn’t fear…but intuition or instinct…either way, we must pay heed.

I am looking forward to the day when I can relinquish my mask to retirement and feel the air upon my face again…and I will… in my space and timetable…not someone else’s…

My resurrection back into social interaction will be my great celebration, fit with all the bells and whistles of announcement allowable.

Kisses, anyone?

Soon…just not today.

Readjusting ourselves to a “new normal,” a new approach to living after a dramatic series of events is also a “healing process.”

Healing is the process of making or becoming sound or healthy again.

That includes a healthy and sound state of mind.

This pandemic has shaken and unsettled confidences, belief systems, taken lives, broken families and forced tactile humanity into isolation and restrictive lifestyles for over a year…and is still erupting to that cause and effect; with some parts of the globe, again, reentering lock down…So much so, that when the appearance of “normalcy” emerges, there are those among us who cling to the enforced, tried and true measures of securing our health and safety; that has brought us to this place of still preserving our gift of life…I know firsthand.  It is called “self-preservation.”

To those who are hesitant and unsure…take your time.  Embrace your method of healing and resurrection into life out of isolation and social distancing in a healthy and safe manner. 

Let go of fear…and let go of any paranoia.  Do not let it creep in or set in.  Hesitancy after a long illness is…normal.  Hesitancy after prolonged isolation…is normal. Hesitancy in being unsure…is normal.

Trust your instincts and move out into the mainstream when your spirit signals you that it is safe…and in your best interest to do so.

You are not alone…

Godspeed…God protects.

Be still…and listen to your heart.

You will rise again….

Believe…

Another month has dawned…

Here we are…the first day of March…2021.

Slowly but surely life is moving forward…not as quickly as the months of this year…

What can we do to accelerate our road to recovery in gathering together again?

Believe…

We can believe in and engage in the measures that will assist us in getting our lives back on track in living…

This can only happen if we…

Believe…

We can regain our faith in one another enough to care about one another…enough to practice social distancing…

Believe…

We can wear a mask and dispel the illusion that we are giving up personal rights to do so, when it has the odds on its side to save your life and the lives of others, knowing you can also set a life-saving example…

Believe…

We can overcome our fears enough to take a vaccine that has the ability to keep us from falling so ill that we may never recover…because we don’t want to fall ill…to the degree that we may become another fatality…

Believe…

That we are all superheroes and super heroines… because we possess the abilities to make all things possible to move ourselves forward through these current setbacks and obstacles…knowing all things will pass…and we can usher in the changes through these challenges…if we…

Believe….

If…for some reason you didn’t before…know it now…March 1, 2021 is here…

There’s no time like the present moment of this new month…to begin…

Get busy…Make it all happen…

Your life is calling…

Believe…..

Spiritual Food…What Is Your Fuel?

Spiritual Food…

What fuels your spirit?

What is your breakfast…lunch…and dinner of spirit?

What fuel or food do you take in which feeds your spirit?

We know what fuels the body…

We know we must eat to live…not live to eat…yet so many of us live to eat.

We are like kids in a candy store!  The “foodies” among us are generally gourmets in our own right…and we live to eat…despite the fact that what sends our taste buds to the moon we delight in the journey to the point of overdoing it in consumption because it tastes so good!  We know we shouldn’t…we know that for some of us our weight will “wear” what we eat…and for some of us we may suffer health issues…however, that piece of chocolate cake, or that extra helping of fries gives us that ”devil-may-care” attitude and we convince ourselves that we’ll deal with the physical consequences of our gastronomic indulgences…later.

So what consequences result in regards to spiritually overindulging in what we “feed” our spirits?

The greatest examples of spiritual consumption of fuels and foods that work contrary to the spirit is what we’ve witnessed in the last four years in the form of Trump…his GOP…his supporters…

They chose to feed their spirits Lies instead of Truth…

Hatred… instead of Love…

Violence… instead of Peace…

Suppression… instead of Freedom…

Division… instead of Unity…

Cruelty… instead of Compassion…

Selfishness… instead of Humanitarianism…

Anger… instead of Levelheadedness…

Delusion… instead of Reality…

Absolute Power… instead of Democracy…

Eventually, the continual ingesting of these foods and fuels to the spirit will result in the demise of the spirit… Nothing good can ever emerge from evil… and only good…can deliver from evil….

Should we find ourselves walking down the path of evil…by feeding our spirits with foods and fuels that are not in sync with nourishing, lifting and enlightening our spirits to the highest level of humility, humanity…and love…we must step back and observe what is going on around us…and within us…and ask, “Am I contributing to my highest good which connects to all those around me…including the well-being of the planet? Or am I connecting with the darkest abominations of my spirit…and casting those monstrosities upon the world in destruction of humanity and the planet?”

Observe the chaos in our country and the world…take note of the “plagues” in the form of a mutating virus which gives minuscule signs of hope…only to take away that hope in delivering perhaps more devastation upon humanity…because there are those who choose to feed their spirits rebellion and defiance…rather than comply to social distancing and mask wearing to save themselves…and their fellow humans…

Look at the changing weather patterns due to the mistreatment of our planet through the quest for material gain in destroying the environment…and our atmosphere…. by drilling and sucking the life out of the planet…and releasing gases into the air that we breathe…and eating the foods and fueling the mind with denial…and “natural occurrences” rhetoric that takes place every 100 years or so…

After centuries and decades of ingesting and releasing spiritual pollutants…we are witnessing the results.

We must change what we feed and how we fuel our spirits…

Those of us who understand and are working on maintaining our diets of spiritual intake with positive and enlightening energies must continue to forge forward in our practices… We must encourage those who are working to get on and stay on the path of nourishing their spirits and the spirits of others with “good and healthy” foods and fuels…and increase in number and voice to counteract those who choose to continue to overindulge in satiating their bottomless, spiritual appetites for corruptible and egregious foods and fuels.

We will prevail if we stay the course…beginning with addressing the spiritual fallout that has left our country in a state of disarray and chaos…

Compromise only leads to eventual backsliding and succumbing to temptation…

Lead us not into temptation…

Take our daily bread…

Deliver us from evil…

By the way of the Spirit…

Manna from Heaven…

And our spiritual food and fuel…

Of Truth…..

We cannot afford to wait until later…

We cannot put off tomorrow…what can be done today…right now…

Every moment that goes by…

Our spirits hunger…

There are no substitutions…

Take in what is good…

And feed your spirit.

We’re Here…2021 Has Arrived…

We’re here…2021 has arrived…

Once we get over the giddy feeling, we can get a better picture of what the New Year has in store for us…

The best thing to know is that 2020 is behind us and gone at last!

One thing we must continue to do for this year to start better is to continue social distancing and mask wearing…doing this will guarantee a better 2021, and the opportunity to begin normalizing our lives with the coming of summer months…

The vaccine is here…and it will expedite our chances of stopping the spread of the virus…if we all do our part for a little while longer.

The important thing to remember is to be mindful…

New beginnings…in the New Year….

Better times…in the New Year…

Do overs…in the New Year…

Re-creating…in the New Year…

Re-defining…in the New Year…

Love without boundaries…in the New Year…

Have more compassion…in the New Year…

Have more patience…in the New Year…

Stand up more often…in the New Year…

Seek more wisdom…in the New Year…

Be a better example…in the New Year…

Never take anything for granted…in the New Year…

Never take anyone for granted…in the New Year…

Take moments to reflect…in the New Year…

Appreciate your life…in the New Year…

Remember how many lives were lost…in the New Year…

Think about how many lives can be saved…in the New Year…

Think about how many lives your actions will touch…in the New Year…

Be thankful…in the New Year…

You have arrived…in 2021…

Your new moments have begun…

364 more days to honor 2021…

So let us jump in…and get busy….

Happy New Year!!!!

Welcome again…2021…..

The Two Most Prized Gifts This Christmas Day…

The two most prized gifts this Christmas Day are…the gift of Love…and the gift of Life…

The Universe has given humanity the task of extending life through love…by understanding and utilizing the meaning of “unconditional.”

The true meaning of Christmas which began to shift in the mid-19th century is “To give up one’s very self—to think of others…how to bring the greatest happiness to others.”

This Christmas we were tasked with choosing to adhere to the standing protocol involving social distancing and mask wearing to curb and slow down the spread of a raging plague classified as Covid-19, which came into being near the beginning of the year.  Many ignored protocol…and the virus gathered uncontrollable momentum and has now mutated to a strain that is faster in its ability to infect, increasing its reach into groups, such as people under the age of 30 and young children, nearly tripling its rate of mortality overall.

We have the ability to give life…by caring about the lives of others…by practicing social precautions known to arrest the spread of this deadly disease.  That includes traveling…

Can we care about others more than we care about ourselves?  The sacrifice that brought forth Christmas Day was the birth of a savior…who would one day sacrifice his life…to save humanity from the ravages of sin…whereby granting everlasting life by giving up his own self…by thinking of others.

The excuses made to ignore the simplest of short-term remedies in order to get back to normalcy are weak and selfish and without regard to others and their right to life.

There will be mothers and fathers…grandmothers and grandfathers…sisters and brothers…children and grandchildren…aunts and uncles…cousins and friends…who will lose their lives, because someone and many… felt they could ignore protocols, and live life as if it were normal…in the Age of Covid-19.

So many asymptomatic individuals are passing the virus onto others… Think of the thousands who could be spared and saved from this avenue of transmission if everyone wore a mask?

If doctors and nurses and other healthcare personnel, who are willing to put your life first…before their lives… and many have given up their lives in treating and caring for those stricken with this horrific disease…can’t we also love life enough to give the gift of life to another?

Out of love, we can give the gift of life through love…we can give the gift of life through helping those who are less fortunate in making it through this devastating trial of life altering circumstances…we must remember that any one of us can be touched by the tragedy of the Coronavirus…any one of us can be touched by the threat of eviction…any one of us has and can lose our livelihoods…but in the midst of it all…we must remember our humanity.  We have…and always will be…our brother and sister’s keeper…no matter what race…culture…creed…or any form of diversity…our purpose is to realize the connectivity we share with every living creature…the breath of life does not discriminate…it is the life of life… Un-conditionality must bring us to this realization…Love…must bring us to this realization….

This Christmas Day…out of darkness…light can come forth…through each and every one of us…The power of humanity’s longevity…is in your hands…and mine.

No act is too small…given out of love…it becomes a great miracle to one in need…

You are the first day of someone’s life…

Practice social distancing…

Wear a mask…

Please restrict your travel for just a little longer…

Donate a can of food to your local food bank…

Give a dollar or two to a charity that you know will help someone who has lost their home…or will help them save it.

You are chosen to save a life…by giving life…

Your importance isn’t measured by what you have or how much you can give…

You are important because you are the continuity of life…through your gift of love…through your gift of sharing the breath of life…

You are the giver of Christmas miracles…

The importance of Christmas…is you.

This Christmas Day, the two most prized gifts are the gift of Love…and the gift of Life…and you possess them both…

You have the free-will to exercise the giving…

Will you?

The Universe is watching….

Godspeed you the courage to honor your gifts…

Merry Christmas…2020.

Countdown to Christmas…

Countdown to Christmas…

In five days we will face our Christmas Present in a nation left divided by political strife…

Devastated by a virus mutating and spreading with the aid of those insisting upon ignoring mask protocol, social distancing and traveling this holiday season…

There is an available vaccine that will not be available to stop a surge now growing rapidly with each passing day…

Millions are still waiting for a stimulus package which will not arrive in time to ease the strain of the economic fallout from the raging corona virus, wherein many face evictions, a sparse Christmas table in food and family members and friends fallen victim to the death and physical debilitation of Covid-19…

While this may seem like a dark Christmas, there is still hope and the promise of joy and miracles…

We have been shown that the light and love of compassion still emanate brightly in the hearts and kind acts of our fellow human beings…

Many private citizens have stepped forward with contributions in many ranges and variables to aid those in need…

You may well be one of those beacons giving and bringing comfort and joy.

The spirit of Christmas is not just demonstrated in the approaching date of December 25th… The spirit of Christmas is year round, day to day…

Humanity is in great need of Love, Compassion, Giving, Healing…and reinforcing the virtues which define the “better” in those of us who wish to honor the better of ourselves…

We must step away from the “luxury” love has been made out to be…Love is who we are…it is our rite of passage in “becoming” better versions of ourselves.  It is the great stepping stone in our evolution of spirit…a great gift which can create miracles and change us and those we touch…in the twinkling of an eye…

In five days, we can do a world of good in supporting and practicing the miracle of Christmas by bringing forth our powers to manifest miracles…utilizing our spirits to embrace Goodwill…Giving…Loving…all those who cross our paths…in these days leading up to Christmas…and beyond.

This Countdown to Christmas is the beginning of your legacy…your miracles of change occur in the lives you touch…with the power of love…be it a smile…a contribution…or any heartfelt act of kindness…any gesture of compassion…given in love….

This Christmas season, the Savior has deemed you the savior…

One act of kindness…can change a life…and many lives…forever.

How many lives can you touch in five days?

Perform some Christmas magic….

Tricks…Treats…and Truth….

Tricks…Treats…and Truth…

This Halloween is certainly different from last year…

All Hallows Eve is supposed to be the day when the veil between the living and the dead is thin…and allows souls of the dead to come back to earth and walk among the living…

People would leave out food and candy for the dead, in the hope that the evil spirits would leave them alone…

Could that be what happened in 2016…around Election time?

Do you think if we left out some candy and food…maybe a ton of big macs and two tons of fries…we could exorcise the White House of its dead souls…and have them all back behind the veil of their waiting homes by November 3rd?

That would be a trick and a gaggle of treats worth exploring…

The truth is…it was a beautiful, large Blue Moon…it would have been perfect to have tons of costumed children and their parents and friends, parading up and down the street of houses whose yards were full of the greatest decorations and “Thriller” fare, knocking on doors and asking for candy…and watching the children…and adults light up with delight at receiving their favorite treats!

The coronavirus…voter suppression and other election divisive tactics…and election anxiety… have cast a huge shadow on this year’s Halloween celebration…

Maybe next year…Kids big and small…can celebrate…and the only masks we will wear, are those which match our costumes!

The Trick…is to stay sane…

The Treat…is to be safe…

And the Truth…is if we do our part in social distancing and wearing a mask, we can lessen the spread of this virus…bring it that much closer to being contained until a vaccine is available…and save lives.

Have a mellow Halloween…

Next Halloween… We’ll be back!!!

Food For Thought…

While out on my daily walks this past week at a beautiful forest park in the middle of the city where I live,  I noticed many people out walking, running and biking along the trails…without masks…and without social distancing, which is posted in visual and worded detail, upon entering the park… Children are present with a parent or two…Boys and girls soccer teams…elderly people…without masks…sans social distancing….

Here is some food for thought…

We all breathe the same air… when people are running without masks, walking, biking and socializing, believing that they are protected because they are in the “open air”…did you ever stop to think about the transmission of this virus? It is AIRBORNE…

The open air, is not going to protect you from the virus…because it is airborne.  It travels through the air.  When someone coughs…or sneezes…or breathes heavily, as in running, they are releasing particles from their mouths…which are large particles…aerosol in nature, into the open air… When one comes behind them, they are exposing themselves to whatever is lingering in the air after that person or persons has expelled the contents of their person…into the air.

Asymptomatic…contagious…one has no idea…yet, one is exposing themselves to a greater possibility of contracting Covid-19, because they believe they are “safe” in an open air environment. So…why wear masks? Why practice social distancing? Why care about the next person? Chances are, you’re good, right?

Wear a mask. Period. Practice social distancing. Period. Why take chances? Maybe it would take you or someone you love to contract this disease…would that bring it home to finally take heed?

Don’t play Russian roulette with your health or the health of others… Until everyone takes this virus seriously and practices social distancing and wearing masks…it’s going to prolong the longevity of this disease.  Defiance will only result in more sickness…death…and shutdowns…

This is the new normal…be flexible and willing to change your lifestyle for now. If everyone does their civic duty to themselves and our communities, we can and will beat the odds of this pandemic.

This virus is airborne…wear a mask at all times, outside of your home…no matter what you are doing…and especially when you are out at parks and recreational areas where groups of people gather…believing…that because they are outdoors…they are safe…and there is no need of masks…or social distancing…

Nothing could be farther from the truth…use common sense…be wise…once this virus is under control and a vaccine is available, safe, tested and proven to contain and stop the spread of Covid-19…then…and only then…can masks come off…and social distancing, will clearly be a choice of liking or disliking someone enough…to let them get close….

Just some Food For Thought……

Seriously?!

Seriously?!

What has to happen to get people to take Covid-19  seriously?! I went shopping at Walmart today, and before going inside, I saw a man without a mask, and a random woman walked up to him, without a mask, and started asking him questions… After asking her questions, she thanked him, and walked towards the entrance…Maybe they were exchanging the virus, instead of information…

Once inside, everyone within view had on masks, and some, like myself, also wore gloves… Then it happened! I started seeing people without masks! I wondered how they got inside the store, because right on the entrance, it is posted that masks are mandatory to enter the store! They also have someone monitoring at the door, to make sure a mask is on your face before entering the store…

Seriously?!

Are they entering the store from the Gardening department or some other unmanned entrance? Or are they being “clever” and removing their face coverings after they enter the store?

Can this be another reason for the unexplained spikes of the virus?

My niece and I had a conversation today about people not taking this pandemic seriously…She is 20 years, and she said that the young people in California aren’t taking this seriously… She is practicing social distancing…wearing gloves… wearing masks…sometimes two masks she said…she’s on hold from working…she’s concerned and worried that people’s lives are hanging in the balance because everyone should care for themselves…and others.

Seriously…everyone must cooperate with due diligence if we are going to emerge from this with a chance at being able to enjoy our tactile ways of living again…virus-free means mask-free…and that will come about when a vaccine is tested and deemed safe and available to the public…which is in the works… until then, we must practice the protocols required to protect us from this deadly illness…

To those who are doing your part and being mindful of others as well as yourself, you are to be commended, once again…

Please, please…think about those who are doing the right thing by you, as well as themselves…in wearing masks…gloves…and social distancing…

Seriously…our lives are in one another’s hands…literally.

We have all been charged to be our brothers and sisters keepers…
We have been called unanimously to serve one another in kindness and compassion…The ending of this pandemic depends upon everyone doing their part to be a better version of themselves…by doing the right thing…by being selfless in thinking of others…while protecting yourselves…

Seriously…can we make the grade?

What do you think?

We will see…

Seriously!!!

 

 

 

 

 

June End Summation…Patience…Common Sense…Compassion…

Here we are…at another month’s end…Where are we going? What have we learned?

We’re going to Hell in a hand basket…and we’ve learned that the Coronavirus is in an upward surge again…social distancing and wearing masks just isn’t getting its message across to many…and the “young and invincible” are being hit the hardest in Covid-19’s rising new cases…

We’re going nowhere…and we’ve learned…Nothing. Due to the absence of Patience…Common Sense…and Compassion.

If people had patience, states would have remained in shutdown status until the end of August, early September…Yes, the economy and businesses would surely suffer…but lives would have been saved…testing strategies and trends would have had a better chance to reveal patterns of spread, and get more individual testing incorporated around the country to better identify asymptomatic individuals, as well as locate those who are positive.   We can always rebuild an economy and businesses…but we cannot revive those lives that are currently being lost, due to the lack of Patience…Common Sense…and Compassion.

Those who are practicing social distancing…wearing masks…staying at home…practicing patience…common sense and compassion, you are to be commended and given kudos, for thinking about others and yourselves during this critical time of life-changing consequence for all…

Heartfelt thanks to all of the healthcare professionals and others who are dedicated to attending and saving the lives of those taken down by this virus…Angels in the outfield…

Texas, Arizona and Florida are three of the states surging in new cases…and all three are led by Republican governors…urged by “someone’s” battle cry, to reopen the economy…Hmmm…who could that someone be? Well, his white-haired partner in crime is now wearing a mask…Hmmm…Maybe he’s figured something out…you think?! Come November…A Change is Gonna Come…

July is upon us…so is Independence Day…July 4th.  This is not a time to forget what is happening around us in rapid succession…Be smart…be cautionary…continue to care for one another and speak up when others are not… What is happening with this virus is not going to just disappear anytime soon…

In summation of June, we must learn to have eyes to see…and ears to hear…Human survival relies upon human patience…common sense…and compassion.  Don’t close your eyes and ears to what is going on around you…You, are a very important part of this equation…no one is immune…no one is invincible…do your part…

Continue protesting…Black Lives DO Matter! Practice social distancing and wear your masks, properly…for your sake…and the lives of those around you.  You are important to champion injustice…champion social distancing and use all protective measures during this pandemic…This is the “new normal” until a vaccine is developed…there is just no way around it! And yes, it is still a Pandemic.  The short reprieve…is over.

July awaits sense and sensibility…

In summation…Practice…

And what do we practice?

Patience…Common Sense…and Compassion…

Use PPE…and PCSC…

We hold each other’s lives…in our hands…

Be vigilant….

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