The name Ruth means “Friend.” This year has been full of falls but not necessarily fails...(trying to start off positive). I’m pretty certain most of us have gained new and better perspectives on health, politics and leadership, wellbeing, economics, and even love. We learned a different way of living, appreciating, loving, and most of all breathing. Hopefully we’ve also realized how important sanitation, consideration of others and health is. We’re learning how to protect and care for ourselves and others. It baffles me that many still don’t know the basics and importance of something as simple as washing their hands when we as humans are so advanced with healthcare and technology. Washing your hands are so important that you now see posters, TV commercials and advertisements about it like never before and not only in the hospitals. Sales for cleaning products of all sorts have never been so high. I never thought my stock of hand sanitizers and wipes would ever run out or that it would be in such high demand. Humans have strong opinions about what is right or wrong, good or evil, intelligent or ignorant…and are still incapable of simply washing their hands. The concept of “what we can’t see won’t hurt us” won’t solve this or most issues in general. Still some are launching conspiracy theories about this pandemic…again, ignorance or intelligence? It’s no wonder why we can’t get this virus under control. I’m one of the strongest advocates for wellness and health…I’d like to think that the whole world is now closer to being on the same page with preventing disease…with avoiding cultural hugs, kisses and handshakes, being cognizant of personal space and sanitation—all without feeling insulted or disrespected. Who knows…humans are complicated. So complicated that we need each other yet hurt each other, take freedom away from the animals and their habitats, damage the earth and atmosphere and then expect the universe to save us in times of need. We can be so selfish when you look at the big picture. There’s no point in dropping F-bombs anymore…it’s just a waste of breath, it gets you nowhere…but for some reason it makes you feel better, so maybe that’s all that matters.
We’ve all changed in some way with this pandemic….and “change” is what life is all about. “Change” is why I dedicate this blog to Ruth. I’ve never been a bigger junkie of politics, Netflix, health and wellness, reading, cooking, self-awareness and awareness for everything….lockdown complicated things but also brought us back to simple living. I’m pretty sure we’ve all realized what matters most to us in times of need. Whether 2020 has built us or broken us….there’s a lot of hope left for a better future because of it. It’s been challenging but also full of blessings. 2020 is not over yet and it feels like this year’s afflictions could easily and inevitably spread to 2021 and beyond.
I’ve put this blog on hold just as this pandemic has set some our lives back a bit (understatement)…so I’m somewhat making up for lost time, hence the lengthiness. Losing Ruth got me started because of her advocation for the changes she believed in. I’ve actually had so much to blog about that I didn’t know where to start and I wanted to ensure that I wasn’t going to sound too political, religious, spiritual, one-sided, too negative when we need more uplifting, or too positive in these darkest of times, etc… As you can tell, my disclaimer is to ensure you understand that these posts are not intended to offend anyone. I am just glad that blogs are informal because there is no way I am doing another write-up in the APA format. I am just going to enjoy typing my way through this as free as a flying butterfly. This is my fun time. Anyway, I should’ve known to just remain simple and to start with “love”…the main solution to every problem and the focus of this store and these blog posts. The difficult part is that my mind is not particularly simple so my thoughts can run “wild and free” (Did you see the fuzzy hair tie named after my mind?!—Sorry that it’s currently sold out but we will be replacing it in the near future). To introduce myself and my voice, the tone of my posts will partially depend on the drink in hand!—cold brew with a splash of soy, green tea with lemon, burgundy wine, matcha frap, watermelon boba tea with no boba…just getting a little personal to remind you that I am a unique human with an expiration date just as any other. This store is my passion project and I hope the messages and thoughts are enjoyed as much as the products that are offered. The blogs are just a way to broadcast thoughts of myself and others, to relay messages and open up minds, to broaden perspectives and to bring us back to love and life. Each day and mood will have a different influence on my writings so only the moment can tell if I'll be using my left- or right-brain! In my thoughts.....love will always win but we sometimes forget to act in it. Music is inspiring because of the different emotions each song tends to bring out...music can uplift you, get you motivated, calm and relax you, or just simply be enjoyable. The rumble of a jet engine thrills me but I also love the sound of silence to keep me grounded...balance is key. I become excited with a good political squabble but also thank the universe everyday for providing me with the angels that are with me on the daily. There will always be blessings in disguise…and no matter what, everything revolves around love.
Sometimes we forget how simple remediation for life’s concerns can be. Apparently the coronavirus is not the only pandemic..and probably not worse than what already exists…like the disease of racism, religion, hate, violence, discrimination, animal and child abuse, substance abuse, poverty, and not to mention the lack of leadership accountability, transparency, and then corruption. Spiritual warfare is the real battle, starting with each individual. I’ve always kept my political opinions and views to myself to avoid conflict…but the pandemic changed many things. I hope that more citizens will see the importance of voting for leaders who can truly lead for the better. Who’s voice makes a genuine difference because his mind can ignite sparks for great change. Wanting and voting for a great leader has never been more important. I hope that citizens will choose leaders for their state and country who have good values and that are projected from a personal standpoint to the world, who can manifest positive outcomes through their ability in being proactive in time of crisis and who have a good vision for the future. A leader who will inspire and protect everyone through his integrity and who’s actions live up to their words. A leader who has the ability to listen to what is going on in the world, analyze it, critically think, communicate with honesty and to implement plans to rationally maintain safety, health, fairness and freedom amongst all including animals. A leader who is not a racist, who is intelligent, humble, humane, has a positive attitude, is competent, open-minded, selfless, compassionate, cognizant, and willing to learn new things and discover new ways of leading while always helping his country in every matter, who has the confidence with being blunt because he is courageous and honest, who does not falter under pressure and overall aims to progress, who sets us up for success and who has the mind of a masterpiece, is a cool dude in crisis, and most of all, who leads from the heart.
Everyday will become the past….and the past is inevitable, necessary, and worth living through. It’s an opportunity to leave the old stuff behind, grow, build and look forward to the new. We are slowly getting over the pandemic. With the past, we can have a better tomorrow. We can have a better future if there’s progress. We can progress if we learn. We’ll learn if we understand. We’ll understand when we can relate. We can relate when we have each other. It all comes down to love …for all and everything….every person, every opportunity, every breath, and every single thing you have in this life. Gratitude for what we have. Forgiveness for being human. Hope for success in everything we do. There is much appreciation for Ruth who made life a better place for us today. Who is your Ruth?
Cleanse your thoughts and clear your minds. We can all use a breath of fresh air these days. Love your friends and family…that’s what matters most in this life time. We only have this one life, so we might as well make it count.