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Social Distancing With Grace

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The Coronavirus or #COVID19  is highly contagious, spreading death, disease, and fear all over the world.  For all of us in some way, it has caused outright panic with grocery stores running out of toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and food stables.  There have been widespread cancellations, economic setbacks, extensive handwashing, and handwringing.  No movies, no concerts, and no parties.

Social distancing is the new normal.  Right now, we are all in our corners, waiting to see how things “shake out.”  Fear is trying to rule, but we are all looking for positive, peaceful ways to cope and to connect.  Prayer, meditation, and the emergence of spring have helped.

I am following the example of Grace, the tabby cat, I inherited from CCL.  She is content to do her morning meditation in my back yard.  She also joins me when I am seated on the living room sofa – “her spot.”

My church holds daily prayer calls, many religious institutions and fitness centers have moved to online support, and  Zoom “happy hours” are being held on a regular basis.

In my Brookland, Northeast Washington, DC  neighborhood, we are, as in most of the nation and the world,  practicing “social distancing,”  but folks on my block join in a daily “Dance Party” party.  One neighbor uses his Bluetooth speaker on his porch to blast music while and we all dance either on our porches or up and down the sidewalk of our street.  Today he played several songs from “Frozen” for the children and some Disco jams for the adults.

There is also the wonderful DJ D-Nice, who holds a daily jam on Instagram (@dnice).  The party has a strong celebrity presence, including Michelle Obama, Rihanna, Oprah, J-Lo, Lionel Richie,  Quincy Jones, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Demi Lovato, actor Donny Wahlberg, and Chuck D.

Music is a universal healer.

 

Grace the cat gets her groove on with DJ D-Nice too!

 

 

 

The Value of Rest

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It’s estimated that domestic cats spend 15 hours a day sleeping.  Their physiology demands that they sleep to recover from activity.

Reverend  Dr. Howard John Wesley, the pastor of one of the Washington DC’s area’s largest churches, Alfred Street Baptist Church, is on sabbatical until Easter. The church calls it a season of #selah, the Hebrew word for “break” or “rest.”  There have been some who questioned the pastor’s decision,  announced late last year.   However,  I  understand the wisdom of Reverend  John Wesley’s choice.  Rest is the foundation for everything else and provides the seeds for spiritual renewal.  Following rest, we can come back better than before.   Modeling the pastor’s decision, I have drawn inspiration and peace from taking time to rest.

 

 

 

Christmastime is Here

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Grace loves her time under the Christmas tree.

Humility Has Its Advantages

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I love shopping on Amazon.  I buy books, cards and search for hard to find items, handy household items, and of course, products for Grace, the cat. Recently while listening to one of my favorite podcasts, “The James Altucher Show, ”  the guest mentioned the humility of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.  Bezos is the richest man in the world.   He is, by many accounts, a transformational leader with a vision that has helped his company to grow, succeed, and adapt to new trends.

Yes,  Bezos is a man who has faced challenges personally and professionally, but I chose to believe that the company he seeded has brought us all a little more ease and joy.  Thanks, Jeff.

 

Summer is Here For Real

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Today where I live the temperature reached 99 degrees.  Yes, it’s summer.  It’s hot but it’s summer and it’s a good time to read and reflect and to find some peace by the lake, on the beach or in one’s own back yard.

 

 

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