for Lebanon

My thoughts, my heart and my prayers are with you!

Photo by Ylanite Koppens on Pexels.com

May your recovery be quick and in the service of all who need you. May your people find happiness and peace in the rebuilding of your beautiful country!

My prayers also go out to all those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. As well as to the Syrians, the Iraqis, the Iranians, the Afghanis, the Uighurs, the Rohinya, Black Lives Matter, and every person who is praying for anyone!

Much love!!

One Love. One People. One Planet. Nuff Said.

Kindess is as Kindness does…

One of my favourite images from this week:


This is a wonderful example about how the content of character overrides the colour of skin – people helping people. This is what it’s all about!

Bravo to Patrick Hutchinson! And to whomever took that photo!

We have one planet people, we are ONE race. We are indubitably in this together…

Time’s Up!

Time is Up on…

Racial inequality

Blatant Racism

Sexism

Gender based racism and inequality

Inequality based on colour of skin

Systemic and institutionalized discrimination.

Black Lives Matter because we are one race, one human family.
If one of us is discriminated against, it is a crime against all of us.


“I am not my sister’s keeper. I am my sister.”
(Iyanla Vanzant)

Time is up. And caring is sharing.  So if you care, share.

peace out.

#BLM #OneRace

 

 

 

Thoughts and questions on Covid-19

Hello human family!

Lately, our strange and unique world has seen some great challenges.  So many thoughts and questions have been running through my mind – and I am sure that it’s the same for many of you.

I’ve been thinking of the families who have lost loved ones due to the corona virus and it’s got me thinking about the adage, “When an old person dies, he takes a library with him.”  How many libraries have been lost in the last few months because of one little, yet incredulously powerful virus?  My heart goes out to all of you…

Yet, this sheds an astonishing light on how poorly we treat the most vulnerable people in our societies. It’s almost as though, once people reach a certain age, we “put them away” in places that could not possibly bring them comfort, which, ironically, makes them more vulnerable.

I never thought that our seniors could be so negligently and thoughtlessly ignored,  even though people are being paid to attend to their needs.   I never thought that doctors, nurses, EMTs, hospital staff, porters, food servers, janitors, cleaning staff would be even more vulnerable than the patients streaming in to hospitals.

I never thought I’d be a cheering fan of truckers, but as long as they are delivering the food to our grocery stores and supermarkets, I’ll continue cheering them on.   (thank you truckers!) and thank you to every employee of every place that sells food – without all of you, this pandemic would have been far more horrendous!

Thank you to the bus drivers, teachers (who are well underpaid!) and all essential workers for keeping things going while the rest of us shut down.

Thank you to the Canadian government and health officials who have been there for us, informing us, supporting us and giving us the truth of the situation. (So proud to be a Canadian!)  Thank you to all the anonymous, un-thanked volunteers who are delivering food to the most vulnerable.  You are heroes and sheroes too!  Thank you to the food banks who are overwhelmed with requests and under supported.

Thank you to all those following the social distancing requirements, staying home and wearing masks while you have to be out and about.  You too are an important part of this recovery process!

And thanks also to the “covidiots” who necessitate embarrassment; I never thought we would need new lessons on how to properly wash our hands or explanations of what “six feet apart” looks like.

I had long held out hope that pollution levels in India, Los Angeles and China would dissipate, and yet, look at what happens when we are forced to stay home with our families, loved ones and liked ones? Jellyfish have been spotted in the canals in Venice!  People are hearing bird song in places in which birds had disappeared and more importantly, we have had no choice but to surrender to our surrounding ecosystems.

Why (and when) did it become normal to continually and substantially harm our environments?  It took a global health crises for us to realise what was possible if we all just stopped for a bit…

People, let’s not ever go back to the previous way of environmental degradation.  We have the power to shape a new normal, so when we are able, let’s all go plant hundreds of trees.

Goodness knows, the Amazon is in trouble.  Let’s not add to it… Look at what happens when we give Nature the time she needs to repair herself.

Have you also noticed the tanking of gas prices?  I’ve written on this blog before that if all of you wanted to see lower gas prices, all you had to do was stop driving for a bit.

This is nothing new.  Given how many people have stopped driving for a month or two, we’re seeing major environmental response.  Please don’t throw that away for the sake of the dreaded rat race.  We have one planet.  There are no other options.

Moreover, when did it become normal for world leaders to publicly request that all governments globally work together to solve this crisis?  Did the fact that “we’re all in this together” not register?  Do certain leaders think that their part of the continent will be spared given who’s in charge?   Denial is a dangerous game when it comes to pandemics.  Let’s stop electing people who clearly don’t give a ****.

How many of you complained that you didn’t have enough time with your families?  How many of you wished you didn’t have to see your bosses on a day-to-day basis?  How many of you wished “that you could just slow down for a little while?”

It seems, my friends, we were all making the same wishes…

But there are lessons here for those who ponder- Only the One who Made us could make the entire world stop, answer all our wishes, show us who the real heroes are and expose the awesome regenerative power of Mother Nature simultaneously!

Take this time and use it well.  Don’t waste it on the hustle; the old rat race has run its course.  Nature is showing us what really happens when we’re not paying attention.

Speaking of paying attention, it’s been bothering me that we pay certain people so much money to act in plays or movies. We give them awards and as much air time as they want – even just for cutting their hair.  Yet, we pay our teachers less than many essential service workers.   We pay our footballers, basket ball players and baseball players more money than can be justified whilst we under-fund and undervalue teachers, janitors, porters, food servers and biological researchers – these are the people who will find a cure for cancer – and for the Novel Corona Virus.

Don’t get me wrong – GO RAPTORS! – I love a good match as much as anyone else, however, are we all not questioning priorities at the moment?  One of the Italian biological researchers said it well, “You pay Messi 1 million Euros per month while you pay researchers 1800 Euros.  You want a cure?  Go ask Messi.”

How many of you, whilst schooling your children at home, have had the thought “I don’t know how teachers do this every day…”? It’s time to show, and place, appreciation where it belongs.

And how is it that we read one article on what is happening, or what needs to happen and we become sudden subject matter experts who can diagnose one another and prognosticate as to when things will open up again?

Also, HOW do people get away with having mass protests under lock down? Because yet again, the almighty dollar reigns supreme?  Has Covid taught people nothing? Without your health, the rest of anything else becomes irrelevant.

And WHEN did it become okay to pack in a small flight without any pre-screening,  health or temperature checks? Or any instructions that masks must be worn throughout the flight?

Speaking of planes, how long will it take before I can travel again? How long before I can see my antipodean family?  When can I rush into a grocery store for a midnight milk run?  When can I sit with loved ones in a café or restaurant without fear of infection?  When will there be a vaccine and how will they get it to everyone?

I’m sure many of you have the same questions.  I think the most important fact of the matter is this: family matters.  Your loved ones matter more than the hustle, the drive, the status of how many and how much…

We have to trust that “this too shall pass,” and when we emerge from this world of isolation, let’s all be that much kinder to each other.  Do we not deserve that?

Love each other.  That’s the only real rule.

 

Lessons from Drake (@champagnepappi)

Thank you Drake, for sharing this beautiful message!!

Beautiful People, once again, I’m not using my own words.  Sometimes, it takes the words of others to voice exactly what we are feeling.  Shout out to @champagnepappi for posting something so exquisitely on point right now:

“What is most important for you right now is to connect to your own inner light.  This will create the biggest opening of all. Trust that you have all of the power within, to make this happen, and in order to do that, connect to the people and things that bring you a lot of joy.  When the mind starts to move into overthinking and fear, shift your attention right away to something bright. It doesn’t matter what has happened in the past, or what is happening around us now, you can always make the choice to break free of the wheel of suffering and panic and open up to your own light. We are powerful manifestors, so once you make the choice in the moment to shift your awareness to something good, it will show you in your reality. Be conscious, especially right now of fears coming in from others and recognize that not everything should be held by you. Laughter is your best medicine but tears can also be a powerful release.  Let go of any judgement you may have around that.  Remember that you are never alone, and if you need to be reminded of that, ask for support and it will show up. Everything comes down to intention, and even though there are conflicting energies circling around us you must KNOW…it will rebuild. But in order for that to happen, you have to do exactly that.  Trust. You have the biggest heart and that is your greatest gift. It’s impossible to always control your surroundings, but when you shift the focus to how you feel, everything will conspire to assist you. I love and miss my beautiful family and I can’t wait for the joyful day when we are all able to reunite. Until then, please keep your lights on. ♥”

 

Thank you Drake!
And thank you to all the front line workers, whomever you are, wherever you be, you are loved and appreciated!

 

 

LESSONS FROM THE CORONA VIRUS…

Hey Beautiful People,

My cousin sent me this and I immediately wanted to share it with all of you.  This is a lesson, from Bill Gates, on how and why what’s happening is happening.

**Please note, these are not my words. I sharing this with you because it has never been more applicable than right now.**

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Bill Gate’s views on the CoronaVirus….

“What is the Corona/ Covid-19 Virus Really Teaching us?

I’m a strong believer that there is a spiritual purpose behind everything that happens, whether that is what we perceive as being good or being bad.

As I meditate upon this, I want to share with you what I feel the Corona/ Covid-19 virus is really doing to us:

–       It is reminding us that we are all equal, regardless of our culture, religion, occupation, financial situation or how famous we are. This disease treats us all equally, perhaps we should to. If you don’t believe me, just ask Tom Hanks.

–       It is reminding us that we are all connected and something that affects one person has an effect on another. It is reminding us that the false borders that we have put up have little value as this virus does not need a passport. It is reminding us, by oppressing us for a short time, of those in this world whose whole life is spent in oppression.

–       It is reminding us of how precious our health is and how we have moved to neglect it through eating nutrient poor manufactured food and drinking water that is contaminated with chemicals upon chemicals. If we don’t look after our health, we will, of course, get sick.

–       It is reminding us of the shortness of life and of what is most important for us to do, which is to help each other, especially those who are old or sick. Our purpose is not to buy toilet roll.

–       It is reminding us of how materialistic our society has become and how, when in times of difficulty, we remember that it’s the essentials that we need (food, water, medicine) as opposed to the luxuries that we sometimes unnecessarily give value to.

–       It is reminding us of how important our family and home life is and how much we have neglected this. It is forcing us back into our houses so we can rebuild them into our home and to strengthen our family unit.

–       It is reminding us that our true work is not our job, that is what we do, not what we were created to do.  Our true work is to look after each other, to protect each other and to be of benefit to one another.

–       It is reminding us to keep our egos in check. It is reminding us that no matter how great we think we are or how great others think we are,
a virus can bring our world to a standstill.

–       It is reminding us that the power of freewill is in our hands. We can choose to cooperate and help each other, to share, to give, to help and to support each other or we can choose to be selfish, to hoard, to look after only yourself. Indeed, it is difficulties that bring out our true colors.

–       It is reminding us that we can be patient, or we can panic. We can either understand that this type of situation has happened many times before in history and will pass, or we can panic and see it as the end of the world and, consequently, cause ourselves more harm than good.

–       It is reminding us that this can either be an end or a new beginning. This can be a time of reflection and understanding, where we learn from our mistakes, or it can be the start of a cycle which will continue until we finally learn the lesson we are meant to.

–       It is reminding us that this Earth is sick. It is reminding us that we need to look at the rate of deforestation just as urgently as we look at the speed at which toilet rolls are disappearing off of shelves. We are sick because our home is sick.

–       It is reminding us that after every difficulty, there is always ease. Life is cyclical, and this is just a phase in this great cycle. We do not need to panic; this too shall pass.

Whereas many see the Corona/ Covid-19 virus as a great disaster, I prefer to see it as a great corrector. It is sent to remind us of the important lessons that we seem to have forgotten and it is up to us if we will learn them
or not.”

 

May the One who Made all of us Bless us and Protect us. ♥
Please stay safe and healthy and heed the advice of the health professionals in your areas.

 

Happy Women’s Day!

Happy Day to all you strong, intelligent, beautiful women!

To all of you who make a difference in the lives of others, whether through education, care-giving, home-making, professional activities, entrepreneurship, and all others, Thank You!

Every woman has an impact.  Every woman makes an impact – whether it’s holding a door open for someone else in one minute or teaching a class or checking a pulse, or styling someone’s hair or planting trees – every time you act, you make an impact.

So I am saying “Thank You” because the world will often forget how important you are. So lean on women who know.

Happy International Women’s Day beautiful people!

 

 

 

What is going on 2020?

Hi Everyone!

A belated Happy New Year to all of you!

You know, every time I turn around these days, it feels as if things and people are getting weirder and crazier.  And I know it’s not just me…

I’ve said this before, and it bears repeating:  We need to be kinder to each other. Accept each other as we are.  Love and let love, live and let live.  The differences don’t matter- It’s what we have in common that binds us.

We are One race. One human family. One people.

Don’t bother me with your labels. Come to me with your ideas for betterment.

Have a kinder, more loving, more accepting year.

My whole heart goes out to the Iranian and Canadian communities who lost so many loved ones in the devastating crash of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752. May God comfort you and ease your pain.

My heart also goes out to all those struggling on the front lines of devastating fires, floods, blizzards, snowpocalypses, climate change, severe famines, droughts, poverty and dehumanization of religious minorities.  (Let’s do more to stop that!)

 

Hey Vancouverites,

Thank you for one of the most peaceful protests we’ve seen in a very long time.  Thank you to everyone who made signs (on recyclable and reused materials) and thank you to all the parents who stood beside their little ones.  This strike/protest matters.  You matter. Our world matters.   “One love, One heart, Let’s get together” and make this right!

Some of my favourite photos:

All photos ©Safreena Rajan

People of all walks of life attended this rally from very young to young at heart and all people in between.  The human family was well represented today.  Well done Vancouverites!

 

Kudos to the VSB for “Letting” kids skip school to attend.  I get the feeling though, that the majority of the 100,000 people in the downtown core would not have asked permission.

The Earth is in trouble people.  Let’s not leave it in the hands of those who clearly don’t care.

Thank you to everyone in every city, province, state, nation, country who walked or who supported those who walked today.  Shout out to the Policeman who directed traffic using his sandwich and coke bottle as sign posts for traffic to follow!  (Unfortunately I couldn’t get a pic, but I’m thankful I live in a place where the police have our safety first in mind and can make us laugh.)  And thankful I live in a place where signs like this result only in messages being delivered and more cardboard being recycled!

Thank you to the Climate Strike Team, Fridays for the Future, Greta Thunberg and all the lovely people who, like me, have been fighting this fight for years.  There is much to be done. Today was a fantastic start!

What’s up with you?

Hey fellow Vancouverites,

What’s up with you young fools who think it’s okay to sit in the special areas on the bus which are clearly designated for seniors and people with mobility issues and not get up when they are demonstrably in need?

Just because you have a long commute, it’s no excuse to get on the bus, sit in the designated area and pay so much attention to what’s on your phone, that you completely ignore the requests to move.  Or you intentionally ignore the elder people who are forced to stand.  Or ignore the people with clear and painful mobility issues who are forced to wait for 30 minutes because you can’t allow him/her to get on the bus ahead of you (after waiting in the same line as you for the bus.)  Shame on you! Especially you idiots who ride the 49 Metrotown bus and get on at Main and 49th.

Get off your ass!

And those of you who wait at one bus stop just to get off at the next stop, move your ass!  Every time you do that, you delay one of us who is trying very hard, on our very long commute, to catch our connecting bus home.  Try walking the 10 minutes and see what happens.

Gosh people have become lazy!  Enough already!

And to the people who think it’s okay to use profanity and the word “like” for every other word, it’s really not. It’s not.  It’s not.  No wonder people don’t want to learn English when they hear rubbish like that. Get it together people!!

I wish those of you who spend so much time gaming while you are commuting could spend that time learning something (like manners) so that when you are asked to move, you’re not offended at the person making the request. Better yet, you’d get up and offer the seat like you’re supposed to do anyway!

Go learn something.  Quit the vaping.  Quit the MJ.   Do something nice for once. Kindness is its own reward.  =)