And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still.
And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.
“And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.
“And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new wats to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.”
– Kitty O’Meara
Photo caption: massive flock of swans on a pond at the side of the road. Reminds us of how the world of nature and our environment might have been calling for a shut down of our regularly scheduled programming for a while now and to slow down and learn to value what truly matters, not what certain fake leaders think life’s all about.
And nature also takes a breath, as my favourite Canadian song writer (Jann Arden) says: “good things come from bad things.”
I am full of gratitude for so many things, even though this pandemic rages on across the world, moving in waves, inclines and declines, and I wait at home for news…for something.
It all starts and stops, begins and ends with breathing.
I’m thankful for every breath I take that’s unimpeded by the virus in question and any other.
I’ve never experienced pneumonia before. I’ve been on ventilators before, during surgeries, but any remaining memories of that sort of thing are super vague.
I’m thankful my family are all safe right now.
Speaking of breathing, my sister has asthma and I’ll never get over the shock when I walked into my brother’s hospital room, after an emergency medical condition had him requiring help to breathe and we’d not had any warning.
I’m thankful for medical advancements in the last one hundred years.
I’ve read and studied a lot about the Spanish flu of 1918 and I know this is different, but the biggest we’ve seen since then.
I’m thankful my two essential worker parents are okay.
My mom looks after people in a group home and my dad drives a wheelchair cab.
People with disabilities already have greater difficulties during these large events because they can not drive and depend on others to do that and more.
Lots about this world isn’t accessible and all the work-at-home modifications being made to keep people working and our economy from total collapse are things those with disabilities ask for normally and are often denied.
Not so much the time to harp on that now, but it’s a valid point.
I’m thankful for the technology I do have in 2020 so I don’t feel so alone, even while practicing social distancing in my home where I live by myself.
I have family and friends nearby and am rather used to spending large amounts of time home.
I’m thankful for all the work being put into fighting this coronavirus thing here in Canada and around the world, all the brilliant minds working and the front line people seeing this covid-19 up close, but I feel intense appreciation I am in this country and not in the US, but I worry for all my friends there during such days as these.
I’m thankful for the message Prime Minister Trudeau sent out to the children of this country.
I envy my three-year-old niece, but I wonder if she’ll feel any of these issues going on around her. My older niece and nephews can’t go back to school and I know that will be an issue. I’m okay because I know their parents are there for them, there to explain things when they ask questions.
I can’t imagine running a country during a global pandemic, especially after Sophie Trudeau tested positive for the virus. He isn’t perfect, but better than many alternatives worldwide and I feel safer here than many places I could be right now.
I’m thankful for a body that knows how to heal itself, at least somewhat.
I went for a walk last week and twisted my ankle and scraped up my knee.
I’m thankful for strange pain pathways that don’t feel how bad my knee looks/feels. I was able to put weight on my left foot and right leg and finish the walk.
I’m thankful for the beautiful words of children.
I asked my cousin if I could share the following thoughts from her kids. Good place to end the TToT for this week (copied, with permission, from Facebook):
We’re all poets. And have something profound to share. Here’s the sentiments of our sweet Anders and Nevie.
I am happy
I wonder how many animals there are in the world
I hear the radio
I see the lake
I want a pet hamster
I am silly
I pretend I’m an animal
I feel proud
I touch animals
I worry about wildlife
I cry sometimes
I am kind
I understand the way of life
I say I love animals
I dream happiness
I try hard
I hope this virus goes away
I am calm
I am strong
I wonder about the world
I hear nature calling for me
I see love
I want to have a nice life
I am proud of who I am
I pretend that I can fly
I feel happy
I touch nature
I worry about other people
I cry sometimes
I am filled with love
I understand nature
I say freedom
I dream of the world being saved
I try to be my best
I hope I can listen to other people’s feeling and help them if they’re sad
I am the best, best version of myself
Write them for yourself and your loved ones to stay connected to Self and one another. Stay true folks❤️❤️
Try these prompts out for yourself in the comments, as comments, if you want and take care of yourselves.