Kelli Lewis is incredibly brave. She allowed a reporter into her home to share what life is like with her 11-year-old son who was diagnosed with schizophrenia. She is putting herself out there, and in the process educating so many people who have no idea what it can be like to live with someone diagnosed with serious mental illness. It’s not something that’s talked about. There’s a huge stigma around mental illness and she’s opening herself up to all kinds of judgments and opinions from people who have no idea how difficult it can be.
A ray of sunshine in a sea of negativity. We’re living in unprecedented times with so much negativity surrounding us, it’s worrying, stressful, and exhausting. In the middle of this, I heard some good news that left me feeling hopeful.
I’m excited to share with you about an organization that blew me away. It’s started around 2016, but I just found out about them and participated in one of their online zoom debates with 1600 people around the country. My husband, Ron, also participated, and afterward, he said, “This is the first thing in a very long time that gives me hope that Republicans and Democrats can have civil conversations.”
I’ve been thinking about all the people out on the west coast who can’t go outside because of the fires, I’m so sorry. I just want to say that you’re in our thoughts. Stay safe. For the rest of us, much gratitude that you are able to get out and enjoy nature.
There’s no better time than now to get out in nature. Our world is stressful with COVID, home-schooling, politics, racial injustice, financial worries, social distancing, and more. Life is stressful, nature heals.
Lately, I’ve been finding that when I let myself be open and less rigid and judgmental, I’m picking up surprising wisdom from the universe. Continue reading Wisdom Found in Unexpected Places
We have all shared information that turned out to be wrong. In the old days, it was simply called gossip. Now thanks to social media, it’s dividing us as a nation.
Congratulations to Chelsea Phaire and Shirley Raines, each received $250 to fund their acts of kindness projects!
Once again, we are able to give out two awards because we have so many wonderful people who support us and believe in our mission. We truly appreciate all of the donations that make this possible.
About our August 2020 winners:
Everyone is waiting for the magic bullet, the Covid-19 vaccine, to bring some normalcy back to our lives. We all want to be able to get back to hugging our loved ones, inviting people over for celebrations, going out to dinner, shows, and sporting events. But for now, we’re in limbo trying to figure out the best way to stay safe, keeping our distance from loved ones, wearing our masks, and fearfully watching the number of cases and deaths rise every day.
Coronavirus, Black Lives Matter, peaceful protesters vs rioters, the economy, politics, masks, social distancing, it’s all stress-inducing.
THE POWER OF A SMILE
The power of a gun can kill and the power of fire can burn
The power of wind can chill and the power of a mind can learn
The power of anger can rage inside until it tears you apart
But the power of a smile, especially yours, can heal a frozen heart
– Tupac Shakur
These days, with everyone wearing a mask, I’m really missing the smiles.