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“United we stand. Divided we fall.”

Aesop

 

When we work on our own instead of as a team, we are each doomed to fail and we will all be defeated…

 

When we first faced the Coronavirus, something good emerged. Our severely divided and broken country became one. The feeling of unity was palpable.

No longer separated by bitterness into political party lines, together we applauded our heroic health care workers. People created funny videos of daily life in quarantine, which we all could relate to. The frustrating antics of hyperactive children, silly stunts with pets, the pranks and creative mischief brought on by being at home with nothing to do and no place to go made us laugh and feel connected.

We understood each other. The erudite among us created touching poems and the musically talented gathered people together remotely in harmony and we were inspired.

At a time like this, great leaders step forward. They encourage unity, provide clear direction, transparency, honesty, and factual data and support those in greatest need. They are capable of translating complex data into terms we can all understand. They have empathy for the fallen and grief stricken. They build trust. They communicate clearly and we listen.

However, no such luck for us! Our incapable, incompetent, inept and delusional psychopathic President completely washed his hands of any responsibility for recovery efforts. He ignored the facts in front of him, suggested truly insane remedies such as ingesting disinfectants, ignored and continues to ignore medical science and ridicules and fires world-renowned infectious disease experts when they don’t comply to his wants.

He shoves off all responsibility on to the shoulders of state governors. This, of course, has created discord and confusion within our country, leaving each state to scramble for much-needed supplies and head in their own directions.

Trump is the Great Divider. He thrives on fighting, fear-mongering and antagonizing anger. He has to be the center of attention at all times and he does this by creating division and sides. His short-sighted, reactive cult followers take the bait as he encourages them to “free” themselves from the “tyranny” of the state governors, most of whom are desperately attempting to integrate us back into life as safely as possible. These are the very governors whom he empowered to manage a response to the virulent disease, because he himself was too ignorant to come up with any kind of constructive plan.

Instead, last weekend, he apparently had nothing else to do, so he sent out 435 angry, accusatory tweets against Obama! Take a second to think about that. It’s ludicrous! Insane! Dangerous!!!

As a result, we as a people are now drifting apart again as he intentionally spurs people on to take sides, which drastically deepens the divide. Unable to have the rallies (yet) that feed his immense ego, (look at ME, appreciate ME, thank ME), he gets to be center of attention once again by flying around the country stirring up trouble.

However, I do not blame him for his depraved behaviors because he is a sick man and is simply doing what mentally ill people do who have his condition. The real problem is the group of politicians and people who feed off the bait he throws them.

Please don’t listen to Trump about ANYTHING! Please don’t fall victim to his lies. Beware of the angry, impatient, frustrated, frightened, fearful voice inside your head!! I know it is scary and confusing. Sometimes it can be terrifying not knowing what the future holds, but we WILL get through this as long as we stick together…We are a generous people. You will not be left alone.

We all recognize the incredible importance of getting our economy going again and we are. Listen to the leaders like Governors Cuomo and Newsome and others like them. Steady, strong, calm and capable, they are leading their states back into life as safely and sanely as possible. Don’t forget…United we stand. Divided we fall!

We’ve been doing so well. Stay the course. Don’t let your fear and impatience get the best of you now. We’re getting there. . . .

Remember the story about the tortoise and the hare?
I am reminded also of another tale.
Did we not all learn these lessons as children?

A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife opening a package. “What food might this contain?” It devastated him to discover it was a mousetrap.

Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning.
“There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!”

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said,
“Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be caught in a mousetrap and I cannot be bothered by it.”

The mouse turned to the pig and told him, “There is a mousetrap in the house.”
The pig sympathized, but said, “I am so very sorry Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured, you are in my prayers.”

The mouse turned to the cow. She said, “Wow, Mr. Mouse. I’m sorry for you. But it’s no skin off my nose.”

So the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer’s mousetrap alone.

That very night a sound was heard throughout the house, like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey.

The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught.

The snake bit the farmer’s wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital and she returned home with a fever.

Now everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup’s main ingredient.

But his wife’s sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.

The farmer’s wife did not get well. She died and so many people came for her funeral, the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.

So next time you hear that someone is facing a problem and think it doesn’t concern you, remember that when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk.

Many thanks to my good friend, Stephanie P. for sharing this child’s tale with us.

“A lesson is served until it is learned. If we don’t learn it, the lesson will get louder and louder until you learn it.”

Please listen to this video. (Click on picture)

It has a very important message…(4 min.)

Are We Entering a New Age?

About 3M years ago, during the Paleolithic Age, mankind began his emergence into the world. With the discovery of the use of stone tools, and as knowledge and skills grew, civilization developed into higher levels of sophistication. Eventually, linguistics, writing and other disciplines evolved.

With the advent of the systematic husbandry of animals and plants, nomads transitioned to permanent settlements, which in turn provided increased security and productivity.

Communities were formed and various modes of transportation were developed. Roads soon followed.

As farming developed, people learned to grow different grains, which needed to be stored between growing seasons. This required a need for workers, which evolved into divisions of labor, which then led to a leisure upper class.

The growing complexity of human societies necessitated systems of accounting and writing, cities were formed and the foundation for human civilization was established.

Civilizations throughout the world went through their own evolutionary timeframes.

 

 

The Western world grew and flourished through the Age of Classical Antiquity. The Greco-Roman empires rose in power and influence as they spread through large regions of the world. They were very sophisticated in their knowledge of a multitude of subjects and the upper class lived a decadent life of opulent excess.

However, their fall was inevitable.

Corruption within the government, the instability of narcissistic, hedonistic leadership, the oppressive taxation that widened the gap between classes as it favored the rich over the poor.

 

The military’s over-spending with decreased allegiance of their soldiers were all major contributing factors that led to the fall of a huge empire.

Additionally, with the slowdown of technical advancements, their infrastructure fell into disrepair and made them a conquerable target by the rise of the Eastern Empire, the Huns and Barbarians.

The Dark and Middle Ages followed along with a surge of artistic creativity during the Renaissance (~1300).

The rise of religion rose from ~500 AD–1500 AD bringing with it its own inequities and drive for power.

 

 

 

Technological advancements like moveable-type printing increased communication and widened the dissemination of information.

This ushered in the Scientific Revolution, the Industrial Revolution and the Late Modern period we are in currently. Timelines in other cultures of ancient China and India and other countries, unfolded differently, but by the 18th century, due to world trade and colonization, the histories of most civilizations became substantially entwined into what we know today as globalization. The world has steadily become smaller.

Today, like never before in human civilization, we are confronted with rapid rates of growth in the areas of population, knowledge, technology, communications, commerce, weapon destructiveness and environmental degradation.

We are traveling at warp speed and in many ways, beginning to spin out of control. We have become addicts caught up in our addictions to the drugs of consumption, quick fixes, selfishness, power and greed.

It’s affected our attention span and ability to empathize and relate.

A lesson is served until it is learned. If we don’t learn it, the lesson will get louder and louder until it is learned.

 

The Coronavirus, like an intervention, has made us stop. It has our attention. We have choices before us. We don’t have to continue on the same path we were on. We can change and redirect our behaviors towards a healthy, balanced world. It all depends on what we are committed to.

Will we give our power back to our addictions or are we evolved enough to use our vast knowledge and advanced technological skills for the greater good for all?

Will we do the work it takes to confront our addictions and choose to enter the age of The Great Realization?

We can do this!

With change, we can make this world the kind of place we all want to live.

What Will YOU do?

Your actions determine the future of our civilization.

 

One day you wake up and you realize something. You see something in a way that you never saw it before… and boom…epiphany. Something is different forever. May that moment be now.”

Martha Borst

We Fell Asleep in One World and Woke Up in Another…

Sure, we fit. We wouldn’t be here if we didn’t. But the world wasn’t made for us, we were made for the world.

The world will endure without us, but we won’t endure without the world.

(Click on the picture to watch video)

Thank you to my good friend, Gene Kiernan, for stirring this video.

“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.”

 Wayne W. Dyer

 

 

Pandemic

By Lynn Ungar

 

What if you thought of it

as the Jews consider the Sabbath—

the most sacred of times?

 

Cease from travel.

Cease from buying and selling.

Give up, just for now,

on trying to make the world

different than it is.

 

Sing. Pray. Touch only those

to whom you commit your life.

Center down.

 

And when your body has become still,

reach out with your heart.

Know that we are connected

in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.

(You could hardly deny it now.)

 

Know that our lives

are in one another’s hands.

(Surely, that has come clear.)

 

Do not reach out your hands.

Reach out your heart.

Reach out your words.

Reach out all the tendrils

of compassion that move, invisibly,

where we cannot touch.

 

Promise this world your love—

for better or for worse,

in sickness and in health,

so long as we all shall live.

 

 

Thank you to my good friend, Bojana for sharing PEACE with us through this poem

“Any living organism, at any moment in time, is either in the process of growth and living or decay and dying.”

Martha Borst

 

Bloom Where You Are

I look out my window and watch Mother Nature as she changes from winter to early spring. It’s a time for renewal. From the barren branches of the apple trees, tiny blossoms emerge. The juice of life in the grapevines in my vineyard, long dormant and still, begins to flow and burst into buds. The daffodils push through the earth’s surface…everywhere, life is happening.

It’s immediate. Nothing can hold it back. Even areas where the fires raged only months ago, sprouts begin to grow as charcoal turns to green.

Now. Today. Nature doesn’t wait until all the conditions are right. Nature doesn’t wait for existing circumstances to improve, to blossom and bloom. It doesn’t stop being its full and vibrant self because the environment isn’t perfect. The crocus in the cold of Connecticut doesn’t delay its growth because it isn’t in warm California. It simply pushes through the earth’s crust wherever it is.

We have a lot to learn from Mother Nature about growth and living life, about blooming where we are. How much of today do we spend dreaming about and hoping for the future? How do we allow those thoughts keep us from evolving as a person… from being all we can be right now?

Caught up in our thoughts about tomorrow, we put a hold on growing. We wait to change a limiting belief or break an annoying habit. We tell ourselves, “When the pandemic is over… when I get back to work… when things are normal again.” We think further in the future…”when I have the house of my dreams… when I meet my life partner… when I am rich… then I will exercise, eat healthy, lose weight, and be the nicest, most wonderful person you have ever met!”

“Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow, we strut across the stage like fools,” Shakespeare said. We allow our dreams of the future to hold us back from living life fully – today.

Some of us allow ourselves to let our dreams keep us from looking in the mirror. We put our very life force on hold as we wait for future happiness. Yet, the charred forest doesn’t wait and the flowers don’t hold back their blooms. The more we live our fullest potential today, the more rapidly our dreams are fulfilled.

It’s wonderful to have visions and dreams, but none of us knows what the future holds for sure. It’s good to plan and hope and envision our future, but never at the expense of what is happening to us today. Tomorrow is just a dream. Yesterday is but a memory. Today is when life is happening… today is the time to be all of who we can be… right now.

We’re all going through a difficult time right now, but it’s the perfect time to find just one little way you can grow… one little thing you would like to change about yourself. Perhaps you need to express more gratitude, or smile a little more, or have more patience. Don’t make it a big deal, just pick one thing and be conscious of it all week. Pay attention to it, catch yourself and change it to the new desired behavior. Practice, practice, practice – just one thing. That’s it. That’s all you have to do to grow.

Let’s not wait until life is perfect to allow ourselves to bloom. Any living organism, at any moment in time, is either in the process of growth and living or decay and dying. Let’s not wait until conditions are “right” to allow the juices within our veins to burst open with life and living. Let’s do it now.

“Gratitude turns what we have into more than enough.”

 

Click on picture above to watch a very special video.

 

 

Thank you to my good friend Bojana who shared this video and said,

“We need to circulate the energy of gratitude and let it shift our world to a higher, more wonderful place.”

May We Remember

“We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy.

Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know.”

Carl Rogers

 

There is an energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard and valued. To do this with an understanding, compassion and empathy, which is totally free of judgment, is what creates the kind of human connection we all emotionally need to receive, and spiritually need to give.

Albert Einstein said it so beautifully with these words:

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us the ‘universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.

This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

 

 

May We Remember

 

“May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake.

May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable.

May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.

May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close remember those who have no options.

May we who have to cancel our trips remember those who have no place to go.

May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market remember those who have no margin at all.

May we who settle in for quarantine at home remember those who have no home.”

May we, who are struggling, connect with courage and commitment and remember we can conquer any obstacle, any difficulty, any challenge that confronts us.

May we, who are afraid, remember fear is an illusion designed to keep us from trusting the miracle we are.

May we who feel alone, remember we are all in this together.

May we take time to reflect on how self-absorbed we have become and how separated we have been from those we know and love, as well as those we don’t.

May we take this time…to remember to really be with one another…to listen and to really hear…to speak and to really share…to look and to really see…

May we who have so much, remember how important it is to be loving, generous and kind.

During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, may we remember that energetically, we are all connected to each other…that as a human family we are ONE.

May we remember the power of human touch and what it’s like to feel.

May we connect with the stillness around us and remember the soft voice of our hearts.

 

Thank you to my good friend Jack Dexter for making a positive difference by sharing part of this with us and thereby stirring up some additional thoughts of my own.