Mental Wellness Challenge – 2020, July 24

Two weeks ago challenge you to:

  1. Continue kindness. Look for ways in your experience to “Pay it forward.”  That could be holding a door for someone, acknowledging someone’s efforts, picking up the tab for a coffee or lending a hand to someone in need.
  2. Mirror time. Do my mirror time each morning and night – morning when you first get up and night just before bed.  In the morning… look that person straight in the eye and tell that soul that you love them and that you believe in them.  At night before bed, look that person straight in the eye and tell that soul that you are proud of them for the good things that they accomplished that they and that they are worthy.  Worth of love, kindness, respect and joy!
  3. Phone a family member or close friend. Take some time to make a call to someone in your family and let them know that they are an important person in your life.


I did my best to practice kindness.  Kindness, understanding and acceptance.


Mirror time for me seemed to be easier – maybe I’m learning to better love myself???


I fell short on phoning a friend or family member.  Life the past couple of weeks has been really busy, insanely busy really and I’ve been dealing with some tummy issues that have also sapped away some energy… so I didn’t do well here.  I’m not a “phone call” kinda person… I would rather meet and chat or write a letter than talk on the phone…  I’ll carry this forward and see how I do.

I know I missed last week… straight up – I wasn’t feeling well… I was very tired, tummy was bothered by the medications that I take, and I simply was NOT in a space where I wanted to write, to share, to open up much.

I’m still not feeling super… it’s the end of the teaching year for me, there were papers and labs to grade, exams to mark, scores to calculate – ya – you’re seeing it I think… its all that stuff that I have a tough time focusing on… So, I’m beat.  Its time for some time away – time to do other things…

I have lots of activities planned for my time away from work and the classroom – different things… VERY DIFFERENT THINGS… and while those activities are essentially physical labor, I’m looking forward to the change…

I’m hopeful that the physicality of the work will help me sleep better too… my sleep has been retched lately… I’m not doing very well… even with some sleep support stuff… and that doesn’t help my mind either.

So – with all that in works and in mind, I think that I am going to take a little break from Blogging too… while I enjoy it and its therapeutic, there’s a commitment to the doing of it that I am going to take a vacation from… so to speak… for six weeks maybe… I did the same thing last year and found that I was able to re-engage with my Blogging with a renewed focus.

This week I’d like to talk about what I perceive as the irrationality of the selfishness that I have been encountering lately with regard to protecting each other and ourselves from this COVID-19 virus.

It seems that more and more I am seeing young people – (OK, So – between 19 and 35 maybe) – totally disregarding physical distancing guidelines, mask guidelines, and all the rest.  I have been reading comments on CBC news posts about “impingement on my right to self expression and assembly” because the Public Health Officers are closing bars again and putting limits on group sizes.  Even politicians – who should be setting an example for the rest are not following the guidelines.

This is selfishness plain and simple.  These folks, in my book, are more concerned about their Friday night out at the bar than they are the lives of elderly and compromised individuals.  Its shameful really.

This IS more than just a cold.  The reporting that is coming out from those that have had the virus is that many are experiencing ongoing issues – with breathing, circulation, energy levels and so many more.

This whole “me – me – me” attitude pisses me off.  I don’t want to get the virus.  I don’t want my family or friends to get the virus.  So many people are or have simply ignored the severity of this pandemic… spouting conspiracy theories, nonsense and blather.

I do my best to try to counter that culture with the science and facts that I know… but it seems that the numbers of those who don’t care or who maybe have lost their caring over selfish wants are growing and growing.

At some point – the line will no longer stand and the virus is going to get away from us… and then – unfortunately, its not going to be the selfish peons that couldn’t care less that die – its going to be compromised and elderly that are going to die… and that’s just wrong.

I don’t know where this will end up – I have no idea.  I do know that this is a bother for me…  stressors.  I don’t want to see our country shuttered up again… but I also don’t want to see numbers like we are seeing from the US… and yes – LEAVE THE BORDER CLOSED!

This is just going to go round and round for me right now… so I am going to leave this be right here.

My challenge to your for the next 6 weeks:

  1. Be responsible.  OWN YOUR ACTIONS!  

    (Here’s what Merriam Webster defines responsible as:)

Definition of responsible

1a: liable to be called on to answer

b(1): liable to be called to account as the primary cause, motive, or agent

a committee responsible for the job

(2): being the cause or explanation

mechanical defects were responsible for the accident

c: liable to legal review or in case of fault to penalties

2a: able to answer for one’s conduct and obligations : TRUSTWORTHY

b: able to choose for oneself between right and wrong

3: marked by or involving responsibility or accountability

responsible financial policies

4: politically answerable

especially : required to submit to the electorate if defeated by the legislature —used especially of the British cabinet

  1. BE KIND
  2. GET SOME FRESH AIR – go for a walk, cut the grass, take a bike ride – get outside.

That’s it, I challenge you!

Have a great summer, wash your hands, wear a mask when you can’t physically distance and stay safe.

I’ll be back in September some time.

One thought on “Mental Wellness Challenge – 2020, July 24

  1. I can’t find it back but read a great quote on wearing masks and the very selfish idea that it is an impingement on our rights and freedoms – Essentially, we accept all kinds of restrictions, from not grocery shopping in our skivvies, to speed limits and wearing seatbelts, to not taking what belongs to someone else, all in the name of living in a safe, civil and caring society. Masks are no different – wear ’em.

    I’m coming to see that idea of responsibility for my own actions (and reactions) as such a key to living well. Been reading and thinking about some ancient but practical philosophy that suggests our actions and reactions as being the only things somewhat subject to our control – no matter what shit happens, how I respond is always my responsibility. Although seeing it and actually living it are two different things 😉

    Thanks Kevin, I look forward to you resuming the blog after a good break!

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