Lest We Forget

A year ago today, I watched in horror as the Capitol Building of the United States of America was stormed by American citizens. Let us never forget this tragic moment in history when those among us resorted to violence to solve a perceived injustice.

Hate and violence are not solutions to our country’s problems. Greater communication, tolerance, respect, honesty, truth, compromise and love are the qualities that will allow our democracy (republic) to thrive as our founding fathers intended.

Freedom and the spirit of democracy are never guaranteed…they need to be treasured and nurtured every bit as much as do our relationships with each other.

Photo credit: https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/03/politics/gallery/january-6-capitol-insurrection/index.html

The First Day I Went to Jail

Six months after I graduated from Rutgers with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, I began my first “real” job as a social worker for New Jersey’s Bureau of Children’s Services.

“I want you to visit this seventeen-year old in the jail up the street,” said my supervisor.  “Her father signed an incorrigibility complaint—again.”

“Sure,” I said  as I tried to dismiss the thought that I’d accepted the wrong job. Coming from a conservative middle-class background, I had never seen the inside of a jail, let alone visited an inmate.

It has been more than forty years, so I don’t remember many of the details. What I do recall is being startled by the deep voice that came out of nowhere when I first entered the building, asking me why I was there. He buzzed me in after I responded, and I was led back to a room where I spoke with Janet (not her real name, of course).

This tall, dirty-blond young woman was amused by the fact that I was only a few years older and promptly called me “Granny.” I didn’t mind the nickname and as she talked about her life, I came to see a free-spirited girl who had been toughened by her experiences but who still managed to be kind and funny despite her dysfunctional family. I genuinely liked her and admired her compassion for others.

Over the next few months, we spent a few more times discussing her problems. It wasn’t long, however, before Janet turned eighteen and aged out of the agency system. I felt relieved of my responsibility to her, but at the same time concerned about a future with unsavory friends and no high school diploma. I never saw her again.

A couple of years later, a news article came to my attention. Janet’s murdered body had been found on the township dump—a young life tossed aside like a piece of trash. I wondered  if I could have helped her in some way avoid this ending, but came to realize that a few sessions with a young social worker could not have had a profound effect on twenty years of living in an environment of neglect, poverty and ignorance.

I can only hope that our times together helped in some way. Perhaps she made a couple of better decisions, or perhaps not. One thing I do know is that the experience of learning about a life so different from my own left a lasting imprint on mine.

Holiday Wishes to You

Christmas 2013

From my house to yours, I’m wishing you all a beautiful holiday season. Wherever you are, no matter what you are celebrating, may your Christmas or other celebrations be heartwarming and fulfilling. Even if you are going through difficult times, I wish that magic of the holidays will lighten your load and that you will be touched by the blessings of this festive time.

Thanks to those of you who are following my writing journey. Your support means more than you know. I will be taking a bit more time off from blogging in the next few weeks to visit my fellow bloggers’ sites and fully enjoy the festivities of the season. In January, my writing time will be dedicated to finishing up a sequel to “That’s Just the Way It Is.”

Happy New Year, too! I wish for all of you that many of your hopes and wishes will be fulfilled in 2014.

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Thank you to everyone who has commented, followed and honored my blog during my first year of blogging. Happy New Year, too!

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,800 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Global Coherence Initiative

It’s fun to visit a Global Care Room – while watching the earth revolve, share with others your own healing thoughts. This is a great way to relax and send your healing and heartfelt energy to causes around the globe.  If we all work together we can make the world a more peaceful place and enhance the quality of life for each other.

Join with other GCI members from around the globe in a synchronous Heart Coherence Session that’s available three times each day–or visit any time. Membership in GCI is free and provides a wide range of member services including the Global Care Rooms. It’s a great way to contribute your heart’s care to our global family.

via Global Coherence Initiative.