Two Pandemics

The world and especially in the United States are suffering from two pandemics – one of the body, and one of the soul. While much of the country is beginning to transition back from being in lock-down from the coronavirus, we are in lock-down from the generational brutalities of our conscious.

In my many years in the business world, the mission statement, mantra is not to focus on activities but on focused outcomes. Yet we continue to focus on activities that cause the lock-downs of the body and soul to exist. It is the irony of social distancing and the rightful protesting in the streets that causes me to wonder, that if we would only treat humans, animals and the environment as valuable resources with dignity and respect that our present circumstances would not be as predictable as they continue to be.

Why is loving another as ourselves so difficult?

I know plenty of people who are not of the same Christian faith as I who have the kindest spirits. And I know plenty of people who profess to be devout people of religious faith have the cruelest hearts.

What breaks a hardened heart?

What moves a broken spirit?

Does every one of us have the same capacity to overcome the difficult to love and empathize?

These two pandemics of the body and the soul will be repeat themselves if we continue to focus on the busyness of our ‘thoughts and prayers.’ Thoughts and prayers are fine platitudes. They have made us feel like we have contributed in some positive way. I am not saying we must not have them, but what outcomes have they achieved?

“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy.”

– Thomas Merton, American Trappist monk, writer, theologian, mystic, poet, social activist, and scholar of comparative religion.

Focused outcomes of change begin with me – and you – together.

Find your place or places to begin the work (and just not busyness) to heal from these two pandemics. My focus will begin in emotional closeness with social distancing and wearing a facial mask. My focus will be putting all my thoughts and prayers into constructive action by getting personally involved with positive causes and organizations that will help the world thrive in a positive way.

Owl''s The Watering Can

The Watering Can – Helping all God’s Creatures Thrive

In 2011, I began a personal initiative named, The Watering Can in which I advocated for the organizations that served all people, animals, and the environment. It is a service resource and a platform for me to mentor service development. I will be making outcome modifications to the Watering Can’s mission statement and a new platform dedicated on focused outcome. Please stay tuned to The Blogging Owl for future announcements.


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