Tears in Uncertain Times

Shot of a young businesswoman looking stressed out in an officeFilled with fear and confusion

Consumed by my thoughts of uncertain times

Searching for answers that would lead

To an awakening of truth

An outlet, an escape from the fear which grips my soul

When I remember the world that will be no more

Darkened into submission

Never the same as we move toward a reset

We are paralyzed by change 

Having no idea what’s coming next

I cry silently in the darkness for lost memories

Of what was and what will never be again

As we crash into a different world

Awakening to new technologies

Extremely concerned with the storms of tomorrow.

Pat Fagan

 

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I Am Black

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Everyday,  I look at a mirror, my reflection reminds me

I am Black

Everyday, I exist in a world filled with racism and discrimination

I am reminded, I am Black

You know what…in spite of all the horrendous trials and tribulations

Our Ancestors endured, suffering through slavery

Broken, tortured, raped, and oppressed 

I come from a strong lineage of people who are strong, determined

Never willing to give up

To fight for change, equality, and denounce racism 

I am proud to be Black

Black lives do matter as they are brutalized by the police

Communities impacted by systematic racism

Kept down from moving ahead

Believing and hoping for a better future

In which all lives matter

A world that doesn’t discriminate based on color

Yes, I believe in a world that is fair for us all

Racist attitudes seek to divide

Rather than love which intends to unite us

I can’t breathe.

 

 

 

Are you kidding me?

photo-1585850417478-cf203b4ac9b1You want to do what? Did you say open up the country on May 1, while we’re still counting the dead. Are we really ready to put people at risk of getting Covid-19?photo-1584556812933-8e6faeb93a21I just stocked up on all this toilet tissue, now what…

Seriously, what the heck is going on?

Do we have proper guidelines in place where we can feel comfortable going back to a sense of normalcy?

Even with some guidelines, it will be a false sense of security. I guess we all have to wait and see…

I believe this is going to take time. No one feels safe enough to go back to work, let alone social un-distancing during this outbreak.

We have been programmed to separate, wear masks, and fear for our lives. Now before this virus is a blip on the screen, we are talking about opening the country.photo-1584036561584-b03c19da874cThere is so much we don’t know about this virus. We are still learning more everyday.

I get it… it’s a matter of economics.

It won’t be easy to resume our economies without having massive negative impacts across the globe.

What if things progress where there are more fatalities because we went back too early?

Keep in mind, there are no vaccines to date. And no one really knows when this will be a reality.

This Pandemic is going to be here for the forseeable future. Unless we can get it under control, it will continue to be part of our world.

So are we really willing to put people at risk?

I ,for one, am not comfortable going back into the workplace so soon. Therefore, before I put my family at risk, I may have to make a personal decision as to the best way to proceed.

My job consists of working around alot of people all the time. I have no problem in going back when things change for the better but not right now, I won’t feel safe.

We all have to make our own decision as to the best way to proceed. Financially, it’s very difficult for people to stay out of work indefinitely.

We all have responsibilities which weighs very heavily on our minds if it’s not dealt with in a timely manner.

The pressure of not being able to pay your bills or put food on the table is enormous.

I understand! However, our safety as well as our family is extremely important.

What should you do?

Be cautious yet optimistic about the future.

Our leaders are trying to come up with a gameplan. We all have to decide if we are willing to take the chance to go back to our jobs, schools, or businesses.

The testing phase might help if everyone gets tested. At least you have a sense of comfort. But there are not enough test kits to go around at this time.

Unless our government can get this under control, we will be swimming in the unknown for a very long time.

Don’t get me wrong, I am so tired of being quarrantined..

This is a matter of life and death. Safety for all of our families is at a crossroad.

We have been told by the media to stay indoors. Is it in the air?

Now without having assurance that the spread is contained, they are considering opening the country by the end of the month

I guess I will wait to see what happens before I venture out….

What do you think?

 

 

Living in Fear

photo-1584474263418-b947971ef9dc (1)Bombarded by the daily news briefing and the constant barrage of information about the Coronavirus, we are being told to stay home.

Fear has gripped our nation while our streets and public places remain empty. Businesses are closed for fear of spreading the coronavirus.

We are no longer socially or physically active but deactivated from everything we know and loved about our lives.

We are connected by our devices which keeps us engaged for a period of time.

Jobs are being lost and our lives are on hold. Our ability to pay our bills is at a standstill.

The economies of the world are in a state of limbo. It remains uncertain as to the gravity of damage this quarantine would cause while affecting the future of jobs and companies ability to sustain their existence.

What we took for granted, our freedoms, were stripped away in a matter of months by a virus.

It has created a crisis which may take a considerable amount of time to get back to some semblance of normalcy.

This Pandemic which is making its way around our world from country to country does not care about race, ethnicity, or our cultural differences.

It is a deadly and silent killer that is treacherous, spreading quickly around the world.

People are living in fear without having any knowledge of when this will come to an end.

We are all currently on lockdown, in self quarantine in fear of getting the coronavirus.

“Stay Home” is our new directive by those who are leading the charge. Now we are told to wear masks when we go out and about which is a good idea.

So we hunker down, day after day, in isolation in fear of going outside even to the pharmacy or grocery store.

THE FEAR FACTOR

Am I concerned about getting the Coronavirus?

We all should be cautious… so I do what I can to avoid sickness.

I can’t tell you how many times I walk around my house wiping door knobs and everything in between.

One day goes into the next and after awhile you start questioning what day it is…

We are eating more for comfort in order to deal with our stress and anxieties.

When my job decided to put a considerable amount of workers on furlough, I realized that there is a strong possibility they may not rehire their workers if things continue to deteriorate.

I checked my weight recently. I almost had a heart attack when I got on the scale. In 2 weeks, I gained some extra pounds which was not necessarily on my agenda.

But I’ve come to my senses…. finally! I have decided to do something about it otherwise this body would be unrecognizable.

FEAR even for the bravest among us has temporarily stolen our lives.

I can’t say I blame for feeling like things are spinning out of control.

Someone very close to me was diagnosed with Covid 19. So I’ve been the caretaker for the last two weeks.

I got more concerned about the virus after seeing the numbers of cases in the world going up day after day.

It took 14 days before he showed any signs of improvement. He had the cough, fever and other symptoms. It was like the flu except more intense.

I am so thankful that he is feeling better.

Never give up on the power of prayer. Be strong and have faith.

Eat healthy and take your nutritional supplements like Vitamin C. It is not a cure but will help build up your immune system.

Not everyone will die from this virus, but many people will get sick while others will be asymptomatic.

I understand the fear people are feeling and their reluctance to go out for fear of bringing the virus back to their loved ones.

Are you currently living in fear?

With all the bad news reported daily,  we can’t help but feel like our world is falling apart.

I’m so drained by the amount of information we are supposed to disseminate in order to keep safe.

Have you come to grips with the health crisis?

I feel so overwhelmed by what’s going  that I can’t even think straight.

My life feels like it’s turned upside down and I am paralyzed  to a certain degree by fear.

It does not stop me from getting things done, but it’s constantly on my mind like a dark cloud which wont go away.

Fear of the unknown is powerful. Our world is in crisis. My fear is more connected to the future results of this pandemic on all our lives and entire social structure.

The impact on our children, friends, and family is enormous.

Before the coronavirus was even a byword, I was so optimistic about life.

But are we losing sight to what really matters?

Yes, there is alot going on and there is enough fear to keep us extremely anxious and distress.

Listening to the news all day everyday can keep us all in a state of despair.

My suggestion,  turn off the news channels, youtube videos and other sources which keeps you in a state of perpetual fear.

Find some creative ways to bring back a sense of normalcy into your homes.

Refrain from talking about it as much as possible especially around your children.

Watch some movies or find something else to do in order to keep distracted from our new reality.

Taking on a new project around your home is exactly what you need.

There are alot of people out there who are trying to bring smiles by connecting online through music, comedy and other creative activities to help others through this nightmare.

What really matters is our ability to stay home and spend some much needed time with our loved ones.

Get back to reconnecting in meaningful ways with those you care about. This is the real meaning of life, building relationships.

We can’t control what life throws our way but we can choose how we react to it at any given time.

Fear dominates our landscape for the moment. But don’t let it rule the day. It wont last forever.

We are living in unprecedented times. This has never happened in the history of the world to this extent…

Hope conquers fear……..God is in control of it all.

 

 

 

 

System Reboot

OUR WORLD IS IN TURMOIL

We are in a Global Pandemic fighting for our lives against the Corona Virus while operating in a system of Fear. This ultimatey will shift our conciousness and change our world.photo-1551578692-db3530dc142c (2)Does anyone else feel our whole system is experiencing massive changes that will be with us in years to come?

We are in an entire system Reboot worldwide.

Think about it…

Things were beginning to spiral in a downward trend before the corona virus came to our shores.

The outbreak is a catalyst that only exacerbated our financial problems and pointed to our weaknesses in handling the virus.

Cell phones were already making us more and more isolated but this, what we are currently experiencing with the Corona Virus is unprecedented.photo-1491319669671-30014eb16b8dSocial distancing…no hugs, no kisses, no shaking of hands. The stand off approach. Quarantine… We are told to stay 6 to 10 feet from one another.

Separation and isolation from friends, family and colleagues is constantly talked about in the news.

It’s reshaping how we interact with people.

We are social beings and now we are given new directives to limit how we interact with one another.

How is that going to change our behavior in the future?

My company just shut down for a couple of weeks and other companies are following this narrative.

I believe this is a temporary situation until our country notices a retreat of the virus. It’s scarey what is going on…

Our world will never be the same after going through this experience.

Strangers are considered dangerous because of our fear of getting infected.

Almost every industry is impacted and may shift the way they do business.

How we test for viruses are being rolled out in many countries and will most likely be utilized for new viruses in the near future.

photo-1579781403289-674275bc71c5 (1)The mall’s have become like a ghost town due to the  Corona Virus.

Schools are closed  for weeks while students turn to online classes.

Restaurants, gyms and bars are also closed.

How will they shift their way of doing business?

Travel is almost non existence unless if absolutely necessary. Entire nations are shut down.

Who would have predicted this could ever happen?

I have decided to cancel my vacation plans for this year under the circumstances.

Honestly,  I’m not afraid, rather cautious as to how other countries may be handling the Corona Virus.

Food shopping for groceries, paper goods and cleaning products have become our latest pastime.

Work from home platforms, the way people choose to invest and what they choose to invest in will change.

As I reiterated earlier, travel is on hold, hotels, cruise ships tourism on the whole is a disaster worldwide.

The retail industry is being desimated by the Corona Virus with social distancing.

Shopping for Fashionable items have become a low priority.  Grocery stores like COSTCO, BJ’S and smaller stores where you can purchase food and other items are on the rise.

Toilet paper sales is on the rise.. What is up with that?

You can’t even find meat in some local supermarkets. I went to three stores to find pasta.

Hand sanitizers….gone!!

Cleaning products is running out in stores.

Don’t forget to wash your hands. Are you addicted to that behavior yet?

As noted, our world is being rebooted and we will never be the same.

We are all in the self quarantine mindset if we can afford to do so.

People are being laid off and others are extremely concerned they won’t be able to pay their bill’s.

Does anyone actually believe after all this is over everyone is going to go back to business as usual?

Companies who can afford to let their people work from home are using companies like webex an online platform

This will change the nature of doing business in the near future.

More and more we are rethinking our world economy because we are all connected globally.

The Corona Virus will propel the destruction of economies.

They will suffer additional losses that were already in progress. And the world as we know it will be forever changed.

Watch for massive layoffs because not all businesses can sustain being closed for an undetermined amount of time.

In my opinion we are under an entire system reboot.

There are two stories going on here so don’t get distracted.

The first is the Corona Virus which is swooping the globe causing major disruptions and destroying economies.

Second is our financial markets which will ultimately slow down leading to a global recession.

We are living in troubled times. Our systems of governing, doing business and living is being transformed at a faster pace than anticipated.

The storms of life are raging. It’s not always easy to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

But we will emerge from this situation forever changed yet hopefully stronger.

Our world will go through a system reboot. We will survive and life will go on….Forever changed.