Have you all started getting your COVID vaccinations? If so how are you feeling? If you are not considering getting the vaccine, why not?
I had the opportunity to be vaccinated, but I still had antibodies from my battle in the ring with COVID, so I opted to wait and ponder some more. I would really like some more data as to the timeline for antibodies, but we will see.
I do vacillate between taking it or not.
Yesterday I was off so I went to my local produce store to purchase some fish and herbs.
The store boasts a food section and I noticed the two ladies tending to the food had their masks under their chins while keeping up a robust conversation.
I was shocked …
I think these incidences happen a lot, especially behind closed doors. Folks are tired of the masks and voila — airborne and droplets on our produce.
I usually take my items to the house and wash or wipe everything down with a chlorine wash.
I have been rolling with life’s punches and will update you all later. A few challenges have made an entrance so I am praying about them.
I appreciate you all and I try to sneak on and read as much as I can.
It’s that time of the year again — time to be thankful!
I wish all of you a safe and blessed Thanksgiving!
This year we remain separated from our loved ones and her friends. Many of our parents and older relatives and friends are spending this day alone and have been living in what seems like perpetual solitary confinement.
I hope this day finds you all well and thankful for the mercies we have been afforded.
This picture, I think, depicts perfectly how many of us are feeling this year. This turkey seems all alone in the world and well aware that he is headed for the dinner table.
There does not seem to be another fowl for miles — kind of feel like many of us are feeling today.
This thanksgiving I am extremely grateful for:-
Life, again —grateful I did not die from COVID
Family and friends — grateful for family and good friends
My work family
As you enjoy your Thanksgiving day with great food and hopefully some family. I pray that we find moments for which we can be grateful.
Enjoy your day whether it is spent on a zoom call or face-timing your loved ones.
If you are having guests over, remember to social distance, practice general hygiene, do not share utensils.
Those of us who trust God know that our life and times are in his hand and so we await his time and purpose. God is always on the throne.
I wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving. Be well, be safe!
Now that we are getting closer than ever to the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, what are your thoughts?
Tentative plans are to get it out to “front-liners”, then the elderly and those with pressing co-morbidities. Though many people are a bit leery of being inoculated with the vaccine, many others have stated their willingness to be first-in-line.
Since I recovered from COVID in July, I recently did an antibody test and I still have antibodies. I am not sure what the decisions will be concerning inoculating those who had COVID with the first doses.
The number of COVID cases rising rapidly everywhere even among our children. According to DR, Hawse, a Pediatrician speaking on NPR radio, the symptoms increase in severity the closer a child is to young adulthood.
This is the time to remain diligent on the social distancing, hygiene practices, and wearing our masks. Wear our masks the correct way, to cover our nose and our mouths, please.
Be mindful this Thanksgiving of the number of persons in a closed environment and if you are able the experts advise us to celebrate outdoors while still social distancing.
My boss and I plan to keep doing our own little experiment and will be checking my antibodies every 2 months to see where it stands.
So what are your thoughts?
Will you take the vaccine as soon as you are able or, will you play the game of wait and see…?
“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you” — Lewis B Smedes
Today is my father’s birthday. Had he lived he would have been 74 years old. He died less than three months ago.
We did not have the best relationship. I saw him as an irresponsible parent even on his best days.
I will never know what burdens my father carried from his childhood, but today begins my process of forgiveness. Today I journey the road to forgiving the man who was my father!
My aha moment while watching a podcast about Oprah’s relationship with her mother. Per her words, she saw her mother as a stranger who never took the time to know her and was really only interested in her once she began to make a name for herself.
She had a meeting with TD Jakes and he introduced the concept below.
Reverend TD Jakes’ words resonated very deeply within me and my “aha” moment was born. He posits that some of us are “ ten-gallon” people born into families of people with “pint-sized” capacities.
These “pint-sized” capable people could be giving us their “all” but we cannot appreciate it because we are “ten-gallon” people. As a “ten-gallon” person you give and expect to receive everything back on a “ten-gallon” level. That will never happen!
This for me was a profound moment…brought tears to my eyes and an instant understanding to my soul.
I get it now…forever wondering why I felt like a stranger in the family I had been born into. Forever feeling like I was always giving everything but getting minuscule returns on my emotional investments.
The “aha” moment!
He went on to say that we must realize that parents were broken when we got them …
We think with our young minds that our parents should fit perfectly in whatever mold we have placed them into. We never think of our parents as people apart and separate from ourselves.
We do not understand parents existed before us and for themselves. I came to really understand through his words that parents are simply people — people who may be earnestly giving us their “ALL” … though, unfortunately not measuring up.
I began to see my father as a real human person, separate in his own right from the children he fathered. I understand that he was broken when I got him and unfortunately for all concerned he stayed broken.
I wish had this epiphany before he died so that I could model this new awakening. I would thank him for being my father and for always making every effort to connect, though on some occasions I rejected him.
I understand now that that was all he knew, and no matter his failings he always tried to stay in contact with all his children.
So today, happy birthday to you my father.
I wish I knew better then.
Now I understand, you did all YOU knew to do and you gave ALL that was within your capacity to give.
If your parent is alive, make every effort to see them as a human soul flawed and broken.
Realize they gave you all that THEY knew how to give and take that first step towards acceptance and forgiveness.
Do not wait for it to be too late.
Say it while they still can hear you and bring some peace to that broken human God gave to parent you and later for you to parent.
Be blessed and enlightened as you ponder the quote below…
“Forgiveness is giving up the hope, that the past could be any different” — Oprah Winfrey