COVID-19 Is a Bummer – It Can’t Stop Good Things From Happening

COVID-19 Is a Bummer – It Can’t Stop Good Things From Happening

Here are a few of the good things I witnessed or experienced today:

  • A friend text me a beautiful photo of her yard and how she is creatively using her time to make it a peaceful setting.
  • My fig tree is showing lots of sign of growth this spring. I’m anticipating a bumper crop of fresh figs and so are the mockingbirds.
  • A hummingbird flew very close to my window as to say, “Ray, it’s all going to turn out okay.” Thanks, hummingbird.
  • I listened to Feeling Good Again by Robert Earl Keen and thought, ‘yah, it will feel so good to feel so good again.’

What I share are seemingly small and inconsequential things, but they are priceless to me.

Grateful for all the above.

If you’d like to share the good things you’ve witnessed on my blog, Email me ( a short list (1 to 5 things.  I’ll post and attribute them to you in the way you choose to be acknowledged (e.g., anonymous, name, Word Press blog (etc.).

🌞 Today’s Inspiration ~ Want to take it to the Next Level?

“To get better you have to step out of your comfort zone. You can’t do the same things you’ve always done & improve.” ~ Jordan Burroughs

👊 Today’s Power Thought ~ Take the Next Step

One step, one hour, one day at a time. It’s all it takes.

Moving forward, never quitting.

Today’s Poem ~ Desiderata


Max Erhmann 

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story. 

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. 

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism. 

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass. 

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself. 

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. 

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. 

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy. 

✒️ Writers’ Wisdom ~ Writing from the Heart

Wherever my story takes me, however dark and difficult the theme, there is always some hope and redemption, not because readers like happy endings, but because I am an optimist at heart. I know the sun will rise in the morning, that there is a light at the end of every tunnel.

~ Michael Morpurgo 

🍎 Today’s Health Tip ~ Is It Safe to Eat Raw Fruits and Veggies?

Here’s What You Need to Know

Amanda J. Deering, an assistant professor and expert on fresh produce food safety with the Department of Food Science at Purdue University, told TODAY that the produce section at most grocery stores is a high-touch area, so the virus could potentially be transmitted if one were to pick up a piece of fruit (which had been previously touched by someone who had coronavirus) and then consume that piece of fruit without washing it.

However, while Schaffner said produce is just as safe now as it was before the pandemic, he explained that proper washing is even more important today. If the item has a tough skin, like a cantaloupe, it can be scrubbed with a brush, too. He does not see any harm in eating raw fruits or vegetables, as long as they have been washed well.


😃 Feeling Good Hack ~ In Spite of Everything, It’s Still Good

“With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.”

Max Ehrmann

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