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Words to inspire the belief that we have all we need to be the change we wish to see.

Tag: Pandemic

The invisible enemy

This week I was inspired to write a poem about the current times…

In early 2020, the invisible enemy did land.

And we realized the consequences heavily first-hand.

Businesses and schools were shuttered, people sent to work from home.

While front line essential workers were left to fend alone.

People got sicker, and much quicker, than any sickness seen before.

Medical professionals sounded alarms, their unheard voices getting sore.

A virus and racial justice, mental health, and our bottom line.

Four pandemics intersected hitting all at the same time.

We overloaded on bad news, we blindly held our empty cup.

We tossed and turned with the uncertainty, when would the spiral, spiral up?

Then the researchers and scientists, funded at a new warp speed.

Discovered a vaccine to help support humanity’s need.

There were questions on the efficacy and if there would be harm.

But the final say, said the vaccine of the day, was the one closest to your arm.

As people are safeguarded, we still have work to do.

To ensure those who need protection the most, have the access that they are due.

The light at the end of the tunnel, is just a sliver streaming through.

We must do what is best for humankind and hope we have learned something new.

So many lost so much, and will never be the same.

People suffering alone, no proper goodbyes, not a number, someone with a name.

As we look towards tomorrow, may we never forget this time.

When the solid foundation we lived on, crumbled and turned on a dime.

May we reach out to each other, help those now in need.

We shed the same tears, we all love with our hearts, each one when injured will bleed.

Let us use our voice for change, so the suffering was not in vain.

May the lessons we learned be amplified so we’re ready when challenged again.

 

 

Halloween during a pandemic

As we approach Halloween during a pandemic, I started wondering.

Do we really feel like donning a costume mask after wearing one in our daily lives for six months?

I have heard people say that they notice how eyes smile more now that many are in masks.  Or they meet new people who are wearing masks and then when they finally see their face, they do not recognize them as their brain created a face under the mask that did not match reality. Continue reading

Things change

Things change.

When I was young, you went to Blockbuster on a Friday night to rent a video. You went to the library to research a paper. You listened to your Walk Man on the school bus. You made mixed cassette tapes of your favourite songs from the radio. You talked to your friends from a phone attached to the wall in the kitchen. Continue reading

The lessons of history

As I listened to his podcast on my morning walk this week, Tim Ferriss reminded me about a book he recommended that I read a few years back.  It is called The Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant.  It condenses 10,000 years of history into about 120 pages.  Tim said that when you look at that kind of snapshot, you realize we have been here before.  Plagues, famines, wars.  And we got through it.  As we will again. Continue reading

We’ve lost our confidence

We’ve lost our confidence.

And we spent our whole lives building it.  From learning to walk, to receiving our report cards in school, to earning degrees, getting promotions, buying property or taking vacations.

All those activities told us we were doing okay.  That we were moving in the right direction.

Then suddenly, all that certainty was gone.  People lost jobs.  Schools closed.  We became isolated in our homes not knowing when we might be able to go back to life as we knew it. Continue reading

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