2020: The Year that Wasn’t

2020  – the year that wasn’t

When the year began, I really felt like something was off.  It didn’t feel like the possibilities were there for the year I had envisioned.   And then,

Kobi and Gigi and friends died. So many of us cried. I grew up watching you Mamba – you and Shaq and all that drama! Felt like I lost a friend.  Again. The corona virus came calling, but China was stalling. The WHO announced early, but people hardly any paid attention. Australia was on fire.  The country burned, people died, so did koalas.  And that was only the beginning.

Megs and Harry left “the firm” for private life.  The Brits skewered them and created strife.  Now, they’re in America, and can say what they like. They tried to impeach Trump but he was acquitted.  (Sigh) But Parasite won the Oscars and ram-don took over social media.  An asshole was convicted of rape and sexual assault – finally he was found at fault.

By spring, the virus grew and grew. The whole world stood still; Mother nature began to repair herself, because we let her be. The world was quiet; empty streets the hallmark of the weeks.

The economy tanked and wall street sank.  This was an incredible time. Black Lives Matter Protests happened everywhere.  I was in awe of how many people came out to march, peacefully, quietly, in strength and resolute determination of finding justice. 

The Canada-US border was closed for the first time in eons.  Trump declared an emergency (the only smart thing he’s done) People were hoarding toilet paper, kitchen towels and yeast.  The preppers were saying “See? We told you!”

Zoom took off.  And crashed.  And took off again and crashed again…laptops sold out and online learning became “a thing.” Some Governments began spending, others were in Denial. Climate change is a hoax some said. So was the Wuhan virus. Wimbledon was cancelled, so were many sports.  That left many of us feeling out of sorts.  They cancelled the Olympics too.  Alas, no world records and tricks.

Humanity witnessed the masses of seniors dying; yet the best of us stepped up at 7:00pm every night to cheer on and thank frontline and essential workers for their sacrifices.

Late spring saw cases of the Corona Virus rise, and we marched again and protested for Black Lives.  Because they Matter.  We asked for justice for George Floyd and Breona Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.  We reminded people to “say their names.”  We’re still waiting for Justice.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participated in a BLM protest in Ottawa and Joe Biden won the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States.  The numbers of people suffering from Corona Virus seemed to drop, right before they began to skyrocket and pop.  Except in New Zealand.  Beijing was back in lock down and the numbers were crazy.

For Boko Haram, this was a banner year. How many times are they going to get away with stealing children and turning them into child brides or soldiers and calling themselves religious?! This is non-sensical.

China and India had a fight.  Then China went and passed a stupid law.  There is a flaw to certain reasoning friends.  I don’t believe in countries to whom all loyalty is owed only to the state.  

Meanwhile, in Canada, certain residents are living under boiled water advisories. In 2020. In a developed country.  Where 20% of all freshwater resources exist.  Yet, these Neskatanga residents can’t catch a break.  Twenty-five years and they can’t use their taps.   I mean what the what??

We watched the NBA in the Bubble.  In the isolated, separated bubble.  Some sports were cancelled, others reinstated in bubbles.  Concerts, galas and more were postponed till 2021 or 2022.  More to see, more to do.  Kind of makes me feel like 2022 is full of possibilities…. New realities….

We saw royalty abdicate in other parts of the world, and a massive explosion ruin what was left of Beirut.  In India, things got tense.  And in Japan, politics were changing. Rearranging.

The fall brought with it the death of a giant – RBG.  Rest in peace superwoman! And no justice for another.  Say her name.  Say her name.  Say her name.  More people contracting and dying of corona virus, more covidiots ruling their roosts and making it harder for the rest of us to see our families.

You idiots who think wearing a mask is an infringement of your constitutional rights, crack a book!! It is not.  It protects others from the asymptomatic spreaders amongst you.  You don’t get to decide for the rest of us whose lives are valuable and whose are not.  

The late fall brought war to Armenia and Azerbaijan while Poland was protesting.  Early November brought a change in the US Political system.  Historic voter turnout and the number of votes cast, clearly outlined the deeply divided American public. Yet, they elected the first BIPOC female vice president!  And, the first US President who was elected with more than 80 million votes. (Not to mention the oldest US President.) But at least he’s one of the good guys!

Please America, never again, ever, elect a buffoon or former actor for your president. They really don’t work out well.

We’ve seen strange weather events and said goodbye to so many people. If this Pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that life is precious and fleeting and fragile. So it pays to go the extra mile and wear a damned mask! For many, this is an easy task. Yet, for some of you, it’s still too much to do.

We saw the Raptors in the Bubble. They came, they saw but didn’t conquer. (Next time baby!)

I am hopeful for the coming year because this time, it feels different; not just because the vaccines are rolling out. I’m hopeful that by the end of the year, we may be able to travel for the holidays again and see each other and hug each other and make human contact again.

And maybe even in 2022, we’ll stand by each other again in a crowded stadium watching our favourite artist(s) or athletes put on a great show. But to get there, we need to get through here. And here requires a mask and sanitizer and hand washing.

On that note, Happy New Year to all of you. Stay safe and blessed. Take good care of each other.

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!)

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Happy New Year fellow Earthlings!

A note of thanks to everyone who has made my year happy and prosperous.

To all my followers, thank you for reading and following.  Your support is much appreciated.

My wish for you this 2017:

May you have peace.
May you have love.

May you laugh more, smile more, love more.
May abundance find you and hold you tight.

May Gratitude guide you and give you light.

May you find Forgiveness where it’s needed.

May great Health be your closest friend and ally.

May your soul be the sole voice of your life. Tune out the noise.  Pay attention.

May you continue to grow in your own Light.

Peace. Shalom. Assalamu Alaikum. Namaste.

 

God Bless.  And Happy New Year.
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A New, Happy Year! My wishes for all…

To all celebrating and welcoming in the New Year, I wish you a happy start to 2013.

My wish for you is that you find peace and joy in all good things and that abundance in all good things be yours.

My wishes for the world are these:

That we give thanks and feel gratitude for the abundance of blessings that are upon us every day.  That every day begins with a new opportunity to give thanks.

That we begin to welcome and be open to the spiritual paradigm shift of our wonderful universe.  Too many of us are steeped in cultural, behavioural and religious dogma. Let us be open to receiving and being grateful for what we receive.

That elected officials participate in ‘doing the right thing,’ as opposed to holding steadfast to egotistical constraints.

That victims of horrendous crimes are not re-victimized because of the cultural barriers that prevent laws from being upheld.

That governments of countries experiencing civil strife and civil war open themselves up to dialogue.  And remain open to solutions.

That poverty and disparity be vanquished.

That we continue (and some of us begin) taking better care of planet Earth.  Quite frankly, it’s the only one we’ve got!  It makes sense to respect our little blue dot.

That people begin to say what they mean and mean what they say.  That we begin to move away from “what will people think?” and begin moving towards “will this feel good in my soul?”

That we put an end to bullying and domestic violence.  No child should have to consider, even for a moment, what his or her life would look like if he or she were no longer alive.  No person suffering any kind of violence should have to.

That we put colour barriers aside and reach for the commonalities that bind us all; we are all human.  We all eat, sleep, excrete waste, we all take up space (on this little blue dot) and we all, for the most part, experience life.

That we understand the need for financial security and stability.

You have within you the power to create the brilliant future that is meant to be yours.

My wish for you is that you use everything within you to make that a reality for yourselves.

My wish for all of you is that you live a life wherein joy rising greets you in the morning and gratitude for the abundance of blessings in your life gives rest to your body at night.

Have a wonderful 2013!!