Category Archives: Global Change
I woke up this morning thinking about equality in all things. The main thought on my brain was about the fact that I have several friends who are gay and hide that fact from their employers. It disheartens me to see that my friends whom I love feel the need to hide such a huge part of who they are based on the fear of not having a job, or a good job…
I started work thinking about this idea. And kind of decided that it wasn’t really something I wanted to talk about on my blog because of the negative content. As my day progressed, life happened and my thoughts turned to other things.
I was perusing Facebook just now and a gay friend of mine posted the following video:
Initially I was going to call bullshit because it looked fake to me. I’m glad I watched the video before opening my mouth. The video is a spin on what it would be like if a young lady was beat up for being “straight”. It was done in an effort to show how backward the thinking is to harass and abuse people whose sexual orientation is different from others. And what an eye opener it was for me.
Our souls – our higher self is not gender specific. They are pure energy. If that is true, then who we love doesn’t need to be gender specific either. The way that my energy feels toward your energy has absolutely nothing to do with our specific plumbing. It has everything to do with being kindred souls, having a love and compassion for one another, and finding a soul that yours can love openly and equally.
Thank you for letting me share my thoughts on this most touchy subject.
A new friend of mine is providing a FREE (with the purchase of her ebook) Love Action Love Mindset Boot Camp. She invited me to look over the information to see if I was interested. What she didn’t know was how timely this invitation was for my daughter and myself.
I am going to be joining her sessions! I hope you will be there too!
There was a time when I used to fear the state of the world. The violence, greed and oppression I saw everywhere. I complained about this constantly and wondered how we as a species would ever overcome such hurdles to attain true peace and enlightenment. I wondered how one person could change the world for the better, and felt sure of our destruction of this planet and each other.
I no longer feel this way. I know that global change begins right here, in my mind, heart and actions. As I change myself those changes cause a ripple effect in the lives of those around me. Today my whole thought process is different than it was 2 years ago. I do not allow myself to dwell on negative thoughts or emotions. When I feel those things creeping into my essence, I cancel them out and replace them with positive thoughts and emotions. As I’ve changed my thinking, my social network has changed. I’ve become connected with other individuals who are also bringing about global change by starting with themselves.
The author Deepak Chopra said it best:
“As more of humanity practices heart based living, it will qualify the ‘rite-of-passage’ into the next level of consciousness Using our hearts intuitive guidance, will become common-sense based on practical intelligence” Doc Childre
As a property manager for low-income tenants I generally feel very good about the work I do for those less fortunate than myself. I’m grateful every day that I have a job where I’m in a position to make a real difference in people’s lives. Most of the time the differences I’m able to make are positive ones. Every once in a while, not so much.
Recently I was required to evict a tenant due to him not complying with the house rules of our complex. This former tenant is elderly and borderline Dementia or Alzheimer’s. His condition is not severe enough at this point for the state to step in and mandate that he be moved to assisted living yet it is severe enough for him to not have a complete understanding of the processes and reasons for his eviction.
This gentleman has now been living in his car which was parked on the street outside the building he was evicted from. Over the past several weeks he continuously asked other tenants to find out from me when he would be able to move back into his apartment as though he thought he was just being grounded for bad behavior. Several tenants attempted to get him some help and get him into a shelter or some other type of care facility but he refused the help.
Today one of my tenants came to me and told me that he was going to take the elderly gentleman to a nursing home. At that time the elderly gentleman went into cardiac arrest and the paramedics were called. He was suffering from severe dehydration and shock due to the cold weather. The paramedics were able to revive the gentleman and took him to the hospital.
My conscience tells me that this tenant should never have been evicted. He should have had some type of supportive services, someone whom he trusted and could confide in to provide him with guidance and assistance. These services were not provided to him because of how our government is designed. I’ve had several people tell me not to let it bother me – that I was only doing what I am required to do by my employers. That’s not good enough for me.
I believe in basic human rights. I believe that as a human being we should be afforded basic services and dignities. I see daily that we “lesser” humans do not receive those basic human rights. We “lesser” humans are pushed aside, fall through the cracks and are only valued for the workforce that we provide for the powers that be. I am at the very core of my being appalled that this type of situation was allowed to occur in our great country.
I suppose – on the positive side (because I always try to look at the positive) that now this gentleman will be able to get the assistance he needs. I hope that he will recover from this incident and be moved to a care facility where he can relax and enjoy the rest of his life on this fucked up planet.
This past Tuesday, November 6th Washington State voters supported Initiative 502 which will “decriminalize” marijuana use. Under this initiative persons over the age of 21 will be allowed to carry up to one ounce of usable marijuana, provided that it is purchased from a licensed retailer. This initiative will allow our government to tax marijuana use as steeply as they recently started taxing alcohol sales. The revenue they expect to earn from the taxation of marijuana sales is slated to go toward Health Care.
As a connoisseur of this lovely and multi-use plant I have a couple of concerns over this initiative. My initial concern is over the taxation of so-called “allowed” product. I’ve mentioned several times that I’m an incredibly poor person. If I’m required to purchase my product from an authorized retailer and pay exorbitantly high taxes, I will not be able to afford my herbs.
My second concern is that they are attempting to legislate this the way they have alcohol in the past. However last year we passed an initiative to allow alcohol sales in retail stores and have done away with state-run liquor stores. So does this mean I can go down to Walgreen and purchase and eighth of weed any time I want? And if so, when will my local Walgreen begin stocking said marijuana?
My final concern is over where the revenue is slated to be used – Healthcare. Last I checked we citizens of this mighty and wealthy country are not provided basic healthcare coverage by our government. We are required to go out and purchase our own healthcare or be penalized for not having any coverage. So too the State of Washington is no different. They do not provide basic healthcare coverage for their citizens – unless you are homeless. So WHERE is this supposed healthcare money going to actually be used?
I’ve looked everywhere on the internet and like most bills and initiatives which are passed under our noses, it’s next to impossible to find a copy of the bill or initiative in its entirety. My opinion about this entire initiative is that they are not decriminalizing marijuana. Rather they are making it easier for corporate and government officials (aka criminals) to make a profit, while exposing retailers and consumers to possible federal prosecution.
I’m interested to see how this plays out.
I’m a property manager for low-income properties. The organization I work for prides itself on being eco-friendly whenever possible. One of the properties I manage has had a rampant mouse infestation for several years which we have not been able to control using conventional eco-friendly methods such as bait traps, sonic shields, etc. Several months ago I was chatting with a friend of mine about this problem and she suggested that we get a couple of mouser cats for the property. It sounded like a feasible idea – if I could get permission from the powers that be. My friend did some research and gave me the name of an organization who she thought could assist.
I contacted The Alley Cat Project and spoke with Deborah. She was kind and helpful in her information. She came out to the property to see what type of set up we could arrange and we formulated a plan. Now I just needed to get my bosses on board. When working with non-profit organizations one needs to realize that everything moves at a snail’s pace. There is a lot of red tape and regulations to consider. Last week I finally got the approval I need to bring a cat onto the property.
Last night I went and bought cat litter and food. The Alley Cat Project is providing me with a cage, litter box and feeding towers. I’m meeting our new community kitty today. Deborah has told me that he’s a big Tomcat who was neutered recently. He had been living in a colony of cats that they rescued and has been living with a foster family. This cat recently fathered a litter of kittens and once they are weaned we are going to be bringing mamma kitty to the property as well so that mamma and papa can be friends and keep each other company. We should be getting her in a couple of weeks. I’ve already talked with several of my tenants about helping to make the cats feel welcome and they are all on board. I’m absolutely thrilled about this project and I believe that having a cat on premises will be the most natural way to resolve our mouse problem.
I would like to give a special thanks to my friend who suggested this (you know who you are) and to The Alley Cat Project for all the great work they do in my community!