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Be Proud, Be Strong

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I know it’s been AGES since I’ve Blogged. Apologies to the few faithful followers.

I think we can all agree 2020 has been a challenge.

A shout out to those who are taking the 2020 challenge as an opportunity to embrace their inner strength and forge ahead! For myself, I vacillate between”forge ahead!” and “hide my head in the sand!” (Or under a blanket…

However you are making it through: feeling successful, stuck, or just hanging on… props for NOT GIVING UP.

Blessings

#openandbrave

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Choosing Your Words

Is there anything to say that does not offend someone?

In today’s world of “politically correct” and “micro aggressions” is ANY SPEECH safe from ridicule?

I feel like all the joy in conversation and debate has been taken away. I am rarely at ease anymore with anyone. Always worried something I say will be taken as argumentative, offensive, or even hurtful.

I miss the days of throwing out a thought, opinion, or observation, and then having an in-depth conversation over its merits or lack there of. Is it meaningful? Does it have validity? Is there evidence for or against? What experience do you provide to support or object? Have we learned something new?

I feel stagnant in this culture of divisiveness. You can only share ideas, opinions or thoughts that agree or you are labeled intolerant!

When did the very definition of intolerance loose its meaning?

I’m trying to think back to WHEN, exactly, we crossed this line where freedom of speech is only acceptable if you agree. I really can’t put my finger on when.., I just know now, that no one has the ability to laugh at themselves, see the reality in the ridiculous, the humor in the stereotype.

#missingthegoodolddays

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Inspired Quotes

This has become a guiding quote in my life of late.

I live my life by morals and values that are considered “conservative”

I’m not telling others how they should live, what they should believe, or how they should act.

I have taken to sharing my beliefs and values, though; which has come with a great amount of “backlash”

I believe in everyone’s rights to free speech. If your opinion differs from mine, I still respect you, even love you (if our relationship is close). I don’t believe we have to agree on everything to like, respect, or care for others.

I am finding that it is rare anymore for those who may disagree, to be respectful of opposing ideas, beliefs, and actions.

It’s been really hard on some friendships and I feel that I am loosing some friends that I previously thought were more open minded than their actions have proven.

Please, don’t close your mind and heart to friends and loved ones who’s beliefs, life choices, or opinions differ from your own.

Use it as an opportunity to open your heart and mind to other experiences, thoughts, ideas, knowledge that they have experienced and can share with you. Share your thoughts, ideas, and experience.

Learn from each other! Big things happen when we challenge ourselves outside our comfort zone!!!

Peace & Love to ALL ❤️

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Happy July 4th!

Just another in a string of Holidays spent in isolation.

My apologies for the long absence. My job in Home Healthcare has been CRAZY the past month and 2020 in general has been a struggle in many ways: mentally, emotionally, and physically.

I like to share positive changes and new growth, but so far my life is all about keeping my head above water and my depression and anxiety at bay. I have been somewhat successful: as in only a few Anxiety meltdowns, and usually keeping a smile on my face.

How are YOU doing half-way through 2020?

Are you still in isolation mode?

Connecticut, USA is starting to open up, and friends are still anxious about socializing. The COVID guidelines have business in a state of constant fear of being shut-down by any complaint.

What are you doing to keep your spirits up?

If you’re in the USA, how are you getting through these Holidays that are not feeling like holidays?

I’m trying to celebrate!

#inquiringminds #2020isweird #openmindopenheart #openandbreave

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Humor, Take #2

Beaker wisdom

There is so much TRUTH in this statement, and Beaker always makes me laugh. I think my inner person is his twin

#makemelaugh #openandbrave

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A Little Sunshine On A Grey Day…

Original May 2020

Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature

~ Gerard De Nerval

I was struggling today. It was grey outside, and feeling grey on the inside.

What to do? Channel it into my #100daychallenge2020 to Art Journal every day.

I found some lilacs on a struggling tree in our yard, which was the inspiration to get me started.

Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I REALLY need Nature’s patience right now. Like, 10 weeks+ of patience is running out. BIG TIME.

#loosingit #hangingon #openandbrave

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A Little Family Humor

EVERY MOTHER WANTS YOU TO KNOW!!! 🤣🤣🤣

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Im Searching for…Patience

“Have patience with all things, But, first of all with yourself.”
–Saint Francis de Sales

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2020: The Year of Living Virtually

I’m perusing through our local paper and hit the “Arts & Events” page. I stop! Arts & Events??? What??? I thought we were”Shut Down!”

Then I read and realize… everything is “Virtual”: Facebook Meeting… Zoom Event… Virtual Tour.

I’m thinking we will look back at 2020 and realize it was the TRUE COMPUTER AGE! The age of looking at everyone and everything through a screen: TV screen, Computer screen, Phone screen, Window screen and… the screen door.

How many “virtual” events have you attended?

My daughter has “virtual” school every day.

All of my work is done via computer or phone… and occasional snail mail.

I’ve been attending a weekly art group through Zoom, and our family has celebrated 3 birthdays via Zoom “Parties”

What do you see as the most interesting or memorable part of Quarantine 2020: The Year of Living Virtually… or “Social Distancing”?

What events in your life were experienced differently?

Inquiring Minds want to know!

#ooenandbrave

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Share Your Soul

#100daychallenge2020 Day 34/100