Let’s Snap out of it!

You know, I had a nice little thing going before this Pandemic came long.I am retired,  I was volunteering, I went to the gym , took walks with my friends, met for breakfast and in general, was enjoying my small corner of the world.

I felt I was doing some good, slowing down, learning to cherish life’s little gifts and appreciating the fact that I haven’t broken anything or needed surgery in the past year!

But as my Southern grandfather used to say:

” You never know what’s comin’ for ya.”

At my age, I’ve lived through a lot of crazy things- assassinations, sickness, death, wars, riots, racism, economic hardships, and just the general craziness you witness when you’ve spent over 70years on the planet. But honestly, I don’t think any of us have ever seen anything like this! A Global Pandemic that we could use as an opportunity to finally feel as though we are all in this together. A way to unite ourselves as citizens of the earth, recognizing that what we do is for the good of all of us, not just a few.

But are we taking that opportunity? Some of us are. But this country is so divided politically that even this is being used to tear us apart.

We are wasting all the suffering, pain, bravery and courage that so many of our citizens are showing at this time. They are putting their lives on the line for us. And we re-pay them by defying orders to isolate and take precautions- to stay in our cushy lodgings. Oh God no! That is just too awful!

Homes where we have plenty of food and every luxury that people in some countries can only dream about. And we are bitching! There is always a lesson to be learned from everything- good and bad. Let’s learn it. Let’s make the best of it. Our parents and grandparents lived through World Wars and years long depression. We’ve been asked to stay home for a few months. Really? That is the best we can do without rioting? Do I like it- NO. But am I going to do it- Hell, yes, I am! Because it is the right thing to do for everyone.

Let’s not blow it now. People in Wisconsin are partying in bars – no masks – no social distancing. Let’s see how long the merriment lasts when their death rates start climbing and everyone has to go back in quarantine for months. Let’s see how much that helps our economy. As my mother used to say: “You are just cutting off your nose to spite your face.”. Let’s not do that. I am not crazy about my nose- but I love my life and I dont want to endanger it or anyone else’s life.

So, let’s put on our grown-up pants and do what we need to do to help everyone get through this together. Let’s act responsibly for the common good. And for the love of God- don’t confuse your freedom with your responsibility as a member of society.

 

Finally, while you are at home, scrolling down on Facebook, why not use this opportunity to contribute to some organizations that are helping people who are not only facing this Pandemic, but live in war -torn countries where they have no homes, no food ,no freedom and their children are  being killed every day . Wanna get pissed off about something. Get pissed off about that!

Take a look at what is happening every where in the world and use that knowledge to do to some good. I feel better now.

 

Imagine

 

 

IMAGINE………

 

A miracle that allows us all to see, perhaps for the first time,

that we are

one people, living together on one planet-

  all human beings in need of love, care, kindness & compassion.

We are not just responsible for ourselves

but also for the well- being of others in need.

We are all in this together.

Those of us who are alive on the planet now have never experienced

a global pandemic: a world-wide disaster.

My hope is that living through this difficult time

will give us the wisdom to turn it into

 a once in a lifetime opportunity…..

a chance to change everything.

 

I am hoping the world will see, at last,

that financial wealth is not the goal of life.

It is not the path to happiness.

Real wealth is found when all of us live in harmony with each other

respecting and caring for all life forms and the planet itself.

 

 “When this is over, we must finally accept 

that we are guests on this planet- not it’s masters”

 

Accept the premise that everyone deserves a decent place to live, food on the table

and medical care when they are ill.

Extend this reverence for life to the animals that share this planet with us

and to the planet itself-

Our Only Home

 

We must change our priorities and

our definition of what is necessary-

and what is acceptable

not just for a few, but for all of us.

Who is willing

 to work for this change –

to demand this change?

Today, Health Care Workers are not only saving lives

but they are now giving their lives every day to help others- people they don’t even know..

There is no greater sacrifice, no greater example of what humanity can be.

I pray there will be a day when we all awaken to the fact that

there is no more me, no more you, no  more them.

There is only us

 

Covid-19 is offering us time to think about what we need to change,

to find a way to emerge from this with an open heart,

 a resolve to do better.

Humanity on this planet will only thrive when

we begin acting not as citizens of a country,

but when we become Citizens of Earth,

humans beings all sharing the planet……

Brothers and Sisters.

Where each and every one of us is valued .

I don’t know if this will ever happen.

That’s not up to me.

It’s up to everyone on the planet.

I merely pose the question and

The question is:

Do you want this chance to change our world?

 

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.

I hope someday you will join us

and the world will live as one.”

IMAGINE……..

Imagine

 

 

IMAGINE………

 

A miracle that allows us all to see, perhaps for the first time,

that we are

one people, living together on one planet-

  all human beings in need of love, care, kindness & compassion.

We are not just responsible for ourselves

but also for the well- being of others in need.

We are all in this together.

Those of us who are alive on the planet now have never experienced

a global pandemic: a world-wide disaster.

My hope is that living through this difficult time

will give us the wisdom to turn it into

 a once in a lifetime opportunity…..

a chance to change everything.

 

I am hoping the world will see, at last,

that financial wealth is not the goal of life.

It is not the path to happiness.

Real wealth is found when all of us live in harmony with each other

respecting and caring for all life forms and the planet itself.

 

 “When this is over, we must finally accept 

that we are guests on this planet- not it’s masters”

 

Accept the premise that everyone deserves a decent place to live, food on the table

and medical care when they are ill.

Extend this reverence for life to the animals that share this planet with us

and to the planet itself-

Our Only Home

 

We must change our priorities and

our definition of what is necessary-

and what is acceptable

not just for a few, but for all of us.

Who is willing

 to work for this change –

to demand this change?

Today, Health Care Workers are not only saving lives

but they are now giving their lives every day to help others- people they don’t even know..

There is no greater sacrifice, no greater example of what humanity can be.

I pray there will be a day when we all awaken to the fact that

there is no more me, no more you, no  more them.

There is only us

 

Covid-19 is offering us time to think about what we need to change,

to find a way to emerge from this with an open heart,

 a resolve to do better.

Humanity on this planet will only thrive when

we begin acting not as citizens of a country,

but when we become Citizens of Earth,

humans beings all sharing the planet……

Brothers and Sisters.

Where each and every one of us is valued .

I don’t know if this will ever happen.

That’s not up to me.

It’s up to everyone on the planet.

I merely pose the question and

The question is:

Do you want this chance to change our world?

 

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.

I hope someday you will join us

and the world will live as one.”

IMAGINE……..

Celebrity Induced Stupidity

 

A while back someone asked me:

“If Kim and Kanye were drowning

and only you could save them,

what kind of sandwich would you make?”

It’s a bit harsh,

I know

but honestly I am so disgusted,

I actually laughed at it

 

Is it just me, or is everyone else bored

with our celebrity-obsessed culture?

I don’t care why Kim and Kanye named their kid Psalm.

I don’t care that J Lo and A Rod haven’t yet set a wedding date.

There are a lot of things I do care about.

None of them involve celebrities.

 

We have become a country of Magpies.

Show us something shiny and we go crazy.

We need to get some money together

and buy ourselves a little gravitas.

 

The entire BILLION dollar Kardashian empire began from a sex tape.

Kim’s youngest sister became at BILLIONAIRE at 22 because of a lip kit.

Kim Kardashian’s shape wear gets more attention than Global warming

The Twitter fight between the President, John Legend and Chrissy Tiegen

made the evening news!

made the national evening news!

God- I miss Walter Cronkite!

 

When did celebrities take the place of heroes, as our role models?

I’m not sure, but I do know

all this has made it possible to have a mediocre reality tv star

become a Terrible President.

 

I also think it’s significantly contributed to

the dumbing down of America.

We used to have celebrities entertaining the nation

and serious people running the nation.

Now it’s all one big reality show.

 

Smart doesn’t seem to be a “thing” anymore.

You don’t have to be smart as long as you are hip, tattooed

 have the newest iPhone and the right sneakers.

And by the way- Yeezy sneakers cost $479.00.

NOT KIDDING!

 

 

Speaking of I phones,

I was in a restaurant a few weeks ago,

and literally no on was talking to another person at the table.

They were all on their phones!

No one ever looks AT anything anymore.

They are connected every moment of everyday-

but to what?

How can you be that connected and

still be so ignorant of the real world?

 

Last week,I saw a photo of the Pope,

making his way through a crowd.

NO ONE was looking directly at the Pope.

They simply pointed their cellphone and took a photo and

actually missed SEEING the Pope.

That is just nuts.

When I met the Pope- I really SAW the Pope

because we didn’t have cell phones back them.

 

I’m glad I was raised in an era when we had one telephone in the house

and when you were out- you needed to find a pay phone.

Clearly, it didn’t kill us!

We played outside all day, making our own fun,

and we watched one program at night on TV and cartoons on Saturday mornings.

But that didn’t turn our brains to sludge.

Because there was balance in our lives.

I am sorry to say this- but based on what I have witnessed

there are a lot of people whose brains have turned to sludge;

over the past decade, especially.

 

Jay Leno used to do this interview on the street

asking  questions to COLLEGE STUDENTS.

Here I have compiled a small and deeply shocking sample of these questions and answers:

which I witnessed myself on You tube.

(otherwise I might not have believed it)

 

In which city is the Seattle Space Needle located……..

didn’t know

In what year did the war of 1812 start?………

didn’t know

What is the freezing point of water.

– 50 degrees celsius

What ship did the Pilgrims come over on…..

.The.Plymouth Rock

Who is the President of Russia (2007)….

Afat Arasat ( meaning Yassir Arafat)

How long ago did Jesus live……..

250 million years ago

What war was triggered by Germany’s invasion of Poland…..

the Cold War

Who were the Roughriders……

..Rapper DMX and his gang?

Showed a photo of the Acropolis in Greece….

student identified it as Caesars Palace or the Berlin Wall!

THESE ARE COLLEGE STUDENTS!

 

This is just a sample and it was 10 years ago.

Somehow,  I don’t think things have gotten any better.

An uneducated population is easily manipulated

and that is where we are now.

With cuts everywhere to education budgets it will only get worse

and people will be getting dumber

 (if that’s possible).

I worry that our country and our world are beyond saving;

but then I look around at all the beauty and the decency and the good

and I pray

that somehow we will find the strength and determination

to care about the things that really matter,

 do what we can to help change the things that must change,

and let the rest go.

 

I wish Kim and Kanye no ill will.

But I don’t think a steady diet of reality TV shows does

anything for the IQ of America.

Pick up a book, read a newspaper and

for the love of God-

put down the phone.

We need to talk to each other, listen to each other and help each other.

We need to care about the lives of people who need our help –

not our adoration.

Begin Again, Today.

I always think of each Season as a new beginning.

But the truth is:

each day is a new beginning.

When we open our eyes in the morning, a new day begins.

A new chance

A new opportunity for change

a new beginning for the rest of our lives.

What we do in that day can change the course of our life

or the course of someone else’s life.

So use the opportunity

 

 

Smile at everyone

Say Hello

Offer help in any way,

Hold a door,

Offer your seat to someone standing

Pay for someone else’s coffee

 

Give a homeless person some money

and don’t worry about what that person will do with it.

Not your problem.

You are to be kind- that is all.

No judgments necessary.

When you get into bed at night,

think of the ways in which you made a difference that day

I guarantee you, it will become a good habit.

And when enough of us are doing it,

We can change the world.

Our Season of Liberation

I believe in the saying:

“For every thing there is a season

and a time for every purpose under Heaven.”

Many of us considered ourselves “liberated” women in the 60’s and 70’s

when we started our adult lives

Now, as we approach the end of all that stretched out before us so many years ago,

we have an opportunity to be liberated again.

 Every ending brings a new beginning.

 This is finally the season for many of us

in our sixties and beyond

who are divorced, widowed or still married,

to begin a new phase of our lives .

We have been liberated from all the roles we’ve had to play

and from many of the duties and expectations surrounding those roles.

Some, for the first time,

will be experiencing this new season

without a man in their lives;

due to divorce, death or disinterest!

A life of our own; defined only by us,

might be frightening at first

but can be exhilarating as well.

At this point in time,

We are no longer able to re-produce,

(Thank God)

not looking for approval or validation,

and

no longer searching for a mate.

We are comfortable in our own skin-

wrinkled though it may be.

 

Most of us are retiring or near the end of our professional lives.

We have raised our kids, loved, cared for and buried our parents

and don’t need to tolerate relationships

that sap our energy and waste our time.

 

Partners or friends who aren’t able to recognize or appreciate our

 intelligence, strength, accomplishment and compassion,

don’t need to be in our lives.

Now there is only time and energy for those who love and support us.

 

It’s time to become the center of our own lives,

which is contrary to everything we were taught as children

and practiced as adults and parents.

Carpe Diem!

Seize the day, buy the dress, take the vacation.

Re-invent yourself and then wake up tomorrow and do it again.

Have some fun!

What are you waiting for?

 

Don’t feel the least bit guilty about it

because we have earned it.

The prospect of this new-found freedom should bring excitement

as we enter this new phase our lives.

 

Growing older doesn’t seem to have a lot of advantages in this culture

but one of the best is that

The superficial aspects of life have quietly faded away

along with our youth.

and……

We no longer need to be self-conscious at the beach

because NO ONE is looking at us!

 

The only expectations we need to fulfill are those we have for ourselves.

That is freedom!

 

I love the saying :

” Aging is not about becoming who we are.

 It’s about letting go of who we aren’t.”

 

Let’s keep letting go of things,

situations and people

that no longer serve us or fit into our lives,

until we are reduced to the most concentrated,

 powerful, vibrant version of ourselves:

Older Woman XXX…

Triple Strength!

Let’s make this

The Most Exciting Time in our lives…….

Our Last Season of Liberation.