“We just can’t shut down the world. So our job is going to be in the face of this coronavirus problem of making sure we also provide for the basic necessities for everyone until we get through.” ~~~ WCCO, Mar 3, 2020, referring to COVID-19
It is not time to panic – yet. Oh wait! Too late! Panic has already set in, yeah?
Reaction and panic created a toilet paper shortage. This fact alone surely shows the irrationality that goes with reacting in a panic, yeah? The symptoms for COVID-19 are fever, cough, shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, bluish lips or face. None of which require any toilet paper. No runny nose and no diarrhea … I am not sure what else we would need toilet paper for – not to mention in those quantities.
Do you need any more evidence of insanity than toilet paper, or masks that do not actually protect us, or disinfectants? Ugh! More panic and reaction. The irony is that the majority of the disinfectants that are now no longer available can cause as much harm as good. Here is what Alex Scranton from Women’s Voices of the Earth has to say about disinfectants, note: “quats“ are quaternary ammonium compounds
From Women’s Voices for the Earth
Director of Science and Research
“In addition to harming germs, quats are lung irritants and can contribute to asthma and other breathing problems. They irritate skin too – and can lead to rashes. (This is one reason why packages of antibacterial wipes strongly recommend washing your hands after use. A factor that really takes the convenience out of using a wipe in the first place!)
And so it goes. Why are we are putting Band-Aids on before we are cut! Straight up fear, yeah? This is how we have been and are being conditioned – to react out of fear and believe anything that is put in front of us. Hopefully, this episode is embarrassing enough for those that reacted so strongly to maybe now slow down and get the facts before running off half-cocked and spending the mortgage on toilet paper.
For myself, I always look for the blessings in everything that happens. Sometimes they are hard to find; however, I have learned over my lifetime that for every curse there is an equal blessing, and often the blessings make the suck worth going through. My wife says it best, LoL – “Learn to embrace the suck!” When we do that we are more apt to appreciate it for what it is teaching us.
Maybe if we looked at it from a different perspective we can glean some blessings out of what is happening.
First – stop reacting! Every time you feel yourself getting stirred up with what is going on, take a few deep breaths and repeat ho’oponopono a few times:
I love you
I am sorry
Please forgive me
Now, from a more relaxed state of mind, think about what is happening. Do not take one source’s word for it, check it out in multiple places. Nowhere is there any indication that toilet paper would be a necessity.
Enough about toilet paper, there are plenty of other more important things going on. Many of us like to go right to the conspiracy theory arena. That is kind of a joke, too, is it not? I mean if it is happening right before your very eyes, is it really a theory?
And here we go around and around, watch television news, scroll Facebook, and we get so much rhetoric, no wonder we do not know which way is up. Again, when we get confused with too much information overload, repeat ho’oponopono a few times and take some deep breaths. It is very calming and we make much better decisions when we are calmer.
Instead of joining the panic and the problem, let us get into the solution. If you want information about COVID-19, go to the sources:
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov and your State government web sites.
In the meantime, amidst all the cancellations – which is pretty much any and every public event as well as schools, universities, and colleges, and many workplaces, restaurant, bars, and stores, accept it for what it is, find the blessings and take this time to re-unite, to get to know your family again. We are being given an opportunity to check in with self and realign our priorities.
I love you
I am sorry
Please forgive me
I encourage you to take advantage of this time for inner reflection rather than joining the mass fear and doubt. As we know, the more we feel and feed into these feelings, the sooner we attract them into our lives. (See Chapter 5 – Come to Me in The Magic Words)
We have fewer distractions now, so we have more time to focus on ourselves and our families and heal.
I have 2 more books in the works. Coming soon, the first is a The Magic Words Companion Guide to help you delve into your past and identify your limiting beliefs to better understand why you make some of the choices you make today that do not seem to work any longer. Once we can identify those blocks, we can clean and heal them and they will no longer stop us.
The next, due to be released late summer/early fall is The Magic Words and the 12 Steps. This book has a two-fold purpose – to help the alcoholic and addict traverse the 12 steps more effectively and with less fear through the use of ho’oponopono. Secondly, it explains how we can apply the 12 steps in our ordinary lives – you do not have to be an alcoholic or drug addict to benefit. While they have been the mainstay of Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step groups, they no longer have to be limited to them – the 12 steps are a valid guide to anyone’s life. I will show you how the steps can be your guidebook to life, regardless of whether you have an addiction problem. Hint: we are all addicted to something. 😊