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There is Good and There is Evil

This beautiful Saturday Morning, the sun is shining as spring approaches ever closer. Somehow this morning as I sat to sip my first coffee it or I seemed to be much more aware of how wonderful it tasted. Maybe it is in part because I feel so very centred, I watched the updates on Putins invasion of Ukraine. I put my Casting Crowns Music on and took myself to that place deep within, staying centred is so important to me at this time, it should be all the time, but like everyone else we get busy with the things that are important to us and in our business we forget to stay centred. It’s easy to do, it’s not wrong, it’s just something that happens. But this morning and all this week really, being centred has been at the top of my list, being grounded in what is really important. This song by the casting Crowns, reminds me of all the lives being lost needlessly in Ukraine, hoping that the people of Ukraine can someone find peace again, that soon the horrors facing them will be over.

Listening to this music helps bring me to my centre. It reminds me to think about how much I have to be grateful for, I can go to bed each night with no worry of bombs raining down on me, I have food in my cupboards, I can go walk about each day freely, without worrying about bombs falling from the sky.

I am hearing people complaining about the price of gas, the price of food, the price of everything on the rise and now on the rise more because of Putins actions. One man, along with his inner circle, creating havoc world wide. People need to complain I guess, it’s human nature. But we all need to take a step back and understand until Putin is stopped, all of the ways it effects us will only grow. We live in a time when the world is connected, that what happens anywhere effects everywhere. And although, it is in our nature to want to place blame and complain, we need to be mindful, and perhaps give ourselves a pinch and remember, that yes maybe we have to alter how we do and what we do, but we are not starving, we don’t have bombs dropping, we are not fleeing the horrors of war. Its ironic that we complain about our governments what they are doing, what we think they should be doing, but then when something like the invasion of Ukraine happens we want that same government to fix everything so we are not inconvenienced, so we can go about doing what we want to do. But what is happening right know is going to inconvenience us, it is going to be tough for the coming time.

We must all understand that we must all work together to stop this man and his reign of terror. This man cares not about his own people, he cares not about you or me, he cares about power, he is dangerous, I struggle to understand how he has been allowed to continue being in power. I am convinced he will not stop at Ukraine, he will and does want all of Europe, this is just the start unless he is stopped. I do not like violence, but sometimes there is a struggle between Good and Evil, and I believe this is one of those times, and I hope Good can prevail. Before we end up in another Great Depression, before we end up in world war 111, I have heard it said that it can’t happen, I don’t believe that to be true, it feels like we are at a tipping point.

These are just all my own thoughts, not all will be aligned with my thoughts and thats ok, I own them, they are mine, I stand by them. I pray, I cry, just like everyone else, and then I remind myself to be grateful. To centre myself, to be supportive in any and all ways I can to all those who are so deeply effected. I don’t have much, I have had to deal with many losses, give up and readjust my life, many times since I received my diagnosis of dementia, but I am fully and acutely aware of how fortunate I still am. If I had a way fo getting someone here to safety, I would happily give up my bed for them, feed them. My family survived Hitler’s reign of terror they came here and build and gave us a life that I am grateful for, so I understand that saying it can’t happen, is not what history teaches us. I am a realist, I don’t run and hide from things, I acknowledge them, I can talk about them, I can admit to my own fears about them. I work hard to stay grounded, to be aware, do to whatever small part I can and I pray. I know many don’t want to have to talk about it, or how its effecting them, but talking and sharing things is a wonderful way to help each other through difficult times, so support each other, and to remind each other its ok to look for and find the laughter and the joy in little things. I am hoping for brighter days ahead, and, hoping we can all dance in the streets and rejoice that this invasion has ended and the people of Ukraine can be home and safe once again and the healing and rebuilding can begin. I hope when that day comes the whole world plans a day of celebration. I hope as you go about your weekend, you keep a good perspective, walk instead of drive if you can, stretch the meals, help your neighbours. Sending much love to everyone everywhere. It’s time for my morning walk, to remember how grateful I am to be able to do something so seemingly simple.

Heres a little history:

The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that took place mostly during the 1930s, beginning in the United States. The timing of the Great Depression varied around the world; in most countries, it started in 1929 and lasted until the late 1930s.

The Depression affected virtually every country of the world. However, the dates and magnitude of the downturn varied substantially across countries. Great Britain struggled with low growth and recession during most of the second half of the 1920s. The country did not slip into severe depression, however, until early 1930, and its peak-to-trough decline in industrial production was roughly one-third that of the United States. France also experienced a relatively short downturn in the early 1930s. The French recovery in 1932 and 1933, however, was short-lived. French industrial production and prices both fell substantially between 1933 and 1936. Germany’s economy slipped into a downturn early in 1928 and then stabilized before turning down again in the third quarter of 1929. The decline in German industrial production was roughly equal to that in the United States. A number of countries in Latin America fell into depression in late 1928 and early 1929, slightly before the U.S. decline in output. While some less-developed countries experienced severe depressions, others, such as Argentina and Brazil, experienced comparatively mild downturns. Japan also experienced a mild depression, which began relatively late and ended relatively early.

There is much we can learn from history, here is just a few dates:

World War II Major Events Timeline

  • November 11, 1918. World War I Ends. …
  • January 30, 1933. Hitler Appointed German Leader. …
  • September 1, 1939. World War II Begins. …
  • September 17, 1939. Soviet Union Invades Poland. …
  • September 27, 1939. Warsaw Captured. …
  • December 13, 1939. UK Wins War’s First Sea Battle. …
  • April 8, 1940. …
  • May 10, 1940.

History has much to teach us.

By WWW.Chrissy's

I am an advocate for people with dementia in Canada and globally, having been diagnosed with younger onset dementia myself a few years ago.

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