Yesterday we took a little stroll through my home state, Montana, via the lenses of several very talented photographers. Today, let’s travel to Switzerland. It’s where our daughter, DeAna, lives with her husband and family. It’s our go-to place when we have saved up enough to travel… and are free to do so. Three of our grandchildren are there. Of course, it’s a wonderful place to “have to” go!!
Thanks for visiting with me for a while. Hopefully someday we will go back… and I hope you can visit Switzerland for real yourself someday, too.
order take-out or learn to cook some fantastic stuff yourself!
make home-school an adventure for you and your kid(s); if your kids are grown, send ideas to friends, neighbors, grandkids about things they can do (like log into http://www.janbrett.com and listen to her read her newest book, COZY).
take time to appreciate the ones who are still at work – on the job – making it possible for us to have groceries, get gas, know our loved ones in hospitals and nursing homes are being cared for, and fill our prescriptions when we call them in. God Bless ’em!
don’t let the stock market numbers consume you or freak you out
stop hoarding toilet paper, and
look for virtual ways to be together while we’re apart.
My friend, Elaine Hundley, wrote this poem, “Together from a Distance.” I posted it already on my blog a week or so ago. It’s time to post it again. Take her words to heart!
Together from a Distance Elaine Hundley
“Shelter in place”, they say, “Socially distance yourself From others, and Save yourself In these uncertain days.”
Accepting the mandates Emanating from multiple sources Muddles mind and soul, Reducing faith to realms Not resonating with reality.
So, feed the children, Hold the children, Cherish the children As they carry Fears of family insecurity.
Show young adults affectionate attention, Remembering to renew The frail with hope, Casting aside Despair and defeat.
Connect with the community As faces flood your consciousness, Allowing fingers to fondle keys of phone and keyboard To share love, kindness and contentment.
Share smiles all around, sending self-confidence On its way to unsuspecting faces, places, situations. Simply become beacons of tranquil assurance And you, too, may discover realms of restful renewal In these uncertain days.
This pandemic will not last forever. Make it a positive, meaningful time in your life. With prayer and faith and compassion, it will be. When it ends, if you have remained positive and you have spread hope to those around you, it will be “A Pretty Good Day” INDEED!
Count on it!
Have a good week! Thanks for visiting JanBeek. What’s on your agenda?
My friend, Elaine, who has avoided poetry most of her life (after a high school experience in an English class (where diagramming sentences and picking poetry apart looking for rhythm and rhyme scheme and very hidden meaning turned her off) is discovering the poet in her soul! She sent me these Haiku. She wrote them this morning:
Our world is amiss One alone proves capable Gentle as a kiss
And here is Elaine’s second one:
Choose to share kindness Chaos only seems to reign Care completes circle
Kindness in Chaos?
In this crazy world where people sometimes are behaving irrationally, it is easy to write some people off and say they are off-limits! They are adding to the earth’s problems, rather than trying to solve them. One of my followers wrote this note yesterday:
“I’m all for being positive, Jan, but some people’s behaviour is sickening … like some here who are selling paracetamol on eBay for £10 and Calpol for ,£20!”
What to Do?
What should we do about those “sickening” people? Do we write off the toilet paper hoarders and the ones buying cases of hand sanitizer, and the price gougers? Do we condemn the politicians who sold off hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of stock after a preliminary briefing about the upcoming pandemic? Condemn ’em and throw all the bums out??
27 Jesus said in Luke 6:27-31 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
Kindness Rules! Kindness completes the circle of life as we want it to be.
Let your creativity reign. Give birth to your inner poet .
Be the change you wish to see in this world.
What kindness can you exhibit today to add love and sunshine to your home?