Thursday Tidbits

Posted on March 19, 2020 under Thursday Tidbits with no comments yet

Patiently waiting for the ice to leave


“Let me be a little meeker, with the brother that is weaker,
Let me think more of my neighbor, and a little less of me.”

Less of Me. Glen Campbell

I am one of the lucky ones.

I am healthy. I am working in retirement because I choose to and not out of necessity. My children and grandchildren are safe. Surprisingly after all these years, I still have a lot of friends (?), and continue to make new ones up north. My hair line continues to recede while my waistline expands.

Others are not nearly so fortunate. While we try and make sense of this global crisis, it might be the perfect time to look outward rather than inward.

There are so many people affected in so many ways. Every segment of the economy is getting hammered. Small businesses, many of them that have been living on the edge for years, are imperiled, not to mention their employees who live from pay cheque to pay cheque.

The elderly, the sick, those with mental health issues and the infirmed now have something else to worry about.

The list is endless.

The front-line workers in this crisis are health care providers. Even before this outbreak, they were already stretched beyond capacity trying to run hospitals, nursing homes and other care facilities. Now they are working with added pressure, putting their own lives in danger. Please think of them often and thank them whenever you get the chance.

“Let me be when I am weary, just a little bit more cheery,
Think a little more of others and a little less of me.”

In times like this, I look to my late mother for inspiration. She was Irish. She spoke her mind and didn’t put up with bullshit. She was the ultimate doer and when things went sideways, that was when she was at her best. I know that if she were alive today, that she would be using every ounce of her enormous energy to help those most in need. She wouldn’t be worrying a damn about herself.

Many of you have every right to be worried. Your livelihoods and your health are at stake. I’m not suggesting that you go out of your way to be your brother’s keeper while you are doing your best not to capitulate under the pressure.

I am encouraging those who have the time and the means, and the health, to do something constructive. Be unselfish. Help those who can’t help themselves.

“Think a little more of others, and a little less of me.”

Stay safe and be kind.

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