The way I usually approach Five Fact Friday is I have a ton of energy and I try to bring something really engaging and entertaining in these videos that we do every other week. We think the links are fun and they’re a good diversion away to anything that we normally talk about which is legal planning, estate planning and retirement planning. We just try to get something fun to watch and for you to read and follow all those links.
The thing about it is that right now I’m not feeling that. As you’re probably aware there’s a ton of unrest that’s happening across the country and it’s visited me pretty significantly. I mean my heart is fairly heavy with what’s going on in the world and while I see bright spots that are out there, I’m sort of troubled by the fact that I had to have conversation with my son this week about why attending a protest may not be the best or safest thing for him. Even though it’s being, something that’s advertised as peaceful that the people there may not keep those intentions. It wasn’t a conversation that I was expecting to have with my 16 year old. I’m really touched that he is so interested in demonstrating but the kind of conversation I needed to have with him about why he might end up being a specific target off of a crowd or police that didn’t want him there, brought it home in a way that wasn’t what I expected to. Certainly not at his age and certainly not at this time.
So I’m wrestling with this idea about how to show up in the world. Here I am I’m living in this great town and yet I’ve still been a victim of profiling and people’s ideas about whether or not I belong here, whether or not I belong doing what it is that I do. And it’s not something that I let define me but it exists in a way that has to be navigated around fairly routinely. And I’m balancing that with this idea that my faith informs that I got a fight oppression wherever I see it.
So I’m balancing all of those things, the safety of my family, my own safety, fighting oppression and those ideas are all jumbled together in a way that really doesn’t make me want to record a happy video and send it to you. So I guess what I’m trying to say is this, if you find yourself in a position where you have the opportunity to correct some beliefs around people and fight some of the issues that around there take this opportunity to do that. This movement all of the fighting that is going on against what is been accepted as a norm requires a groundswell of additional help in order for it to be properly defeated. I think that defeat is a common goal and should be shared and so we need to join in that fight.
So look, I have links here that I want to share with you. They’re good links about how quarantines affecting couples and what reopening looks like. Having a Hulu Watch Party which I think could be a lot of fun to have people come together and watch a single movie together using a Watch Party even though they can’t be in the same room the way they were before, how things are affecting nursing homes, really, really great links and I think they’d be great for you to read.
But I want to sum up with this: I have a birthday coming up in a couple of days. It’s one of the round ones, it’s not one of the tens but it’s one of the fives. And I never really expected that this is what I would be doing at this time. It’s sort of like I want to hit the reset button on 2020 altogether between the pandemic and everything else that’s going on, it’s really not what I expected that I would be doing but I wanna use this as an opportunity to take positive steps forward and looking around there. And I wanna invite you to do the same thing.
My wish for you is that you stay safe and that you stay just balanced, emotionally off of it and if there’s anything that I can do or my team can do to assist you on anything on that front, I’m not just talking about the services that we provide but I’m being into mindfulness, I have other pursuits interests that I do and if you’d like to share those with me and see if there’s something that we can do to help you in that, I’d love to be able to serve in that manner but, yeah, stay safe this weekend. Come at it with an optimism that the future is brighter than anything you might be feeling right now and I’ll be back in a couple of weeks and don’t be outside and I’ll be hooting and hollering and doing whatever I can to try and make an entertaining video but hope you like this one, enjoy the links they are really good.
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