How COVID Might Transform Our World – A Historical Perspective – Dr. Alan Glazier

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Greetings,

I hope you are enjoying a lot of quality time at home with your family or alone with yourself. I believe that COVID-19 is an act of GOD to teach us another lesson and awaken us to surrender and let go of control and our attachments to the material world, to face our own inner darkness and fears, test our patience, our truths, our faith in Him, and our love for humanity and also for his beautiful Earth and its natural existence. Have you noticed the past month or so that the flowers and leaves are so rich in colors, the water and sky so blue and clear, and the sun so happy shining upon you? Even on rainy days, I think the rain sounds like it is singing outside of my windows instead of crying. We have been so greedy in the material world that we have disrespected the natural world of the Universe in which God had created for us all to share and to enjoy in peace and harmony. Well, enough about my thoughts, I will share more on a later post. In the meantime, below is an article written by one of my very fun and fearless masculine titan clients, Dr. Alan Glazier that I thought you might enjoy reading from a historical perspective.

Just over 100 years ago we dealt with the first major pandemic of the post-industrialized world, the 1918 influenza pandemic. This pandemic claimed 50 million lives or 2.5% of the world’s population at the time. The flu came in three waves, the first being relatively mild, then approximately 5 months later a second wave that was more lethal and a third and final wave in early 1919 that was intermediate in severity between the two. It was the worst pandemic since the black death, approximately 500 years earlier. Studying past pandemics and extrapolating social and economic changes that occurred post-pandemic offer some window into what our post COVID world might look like, for better or worse. Fortunately, there were many positive changes to society that came out of an even worse pandemic.

Thank you Mary Chrystalene for the beautiful photo from your bike ride!

From a health care standpoint, countries came out of the 1918 pandemic with recognition of the increased importance of the need to coordinate health care internationally. There were several international organizations founded to combat a future global threat including the now-defunct League of Nations which partially morphed into today’s World Health Organization (WHO). (1)  The 1920s witnessed a rebirth of interest in socialized medicine in many countries, but the US leaned towards instituting employer-based insurance plans. Although different countries took different directions, all nations took steps to consolidate and expand access to healthcare in post flu years. We are facing the reality of a fragmented health care system with a large, aging population and the likelihood of future pandemics we aren’t prepared for. It’s likely that the healthcare debate will be even more front-and-center than it has in the past and is likely to impact the upcoming election more than it may in a pre-COVID world.

Love my neighbor’s front yard on North 22nd Street.

Economically things fared somewhat better. Most of the economic effects of the 1918 influenza pandemic were short-term. Businesses in the service and entertainment industries suffered the greatest losses, but businesses that specialized in health care products experienced a net increase in revenues subsequent to the period of downturn. This bodes well for the eye care industry. Cities and states that experienced greater mortality rates experienced a greater increase in wage growth; states with larger mortality rates resulted in increasingly higher rates of growth in per capita income after the pandemic

Environmentally we already see some “clouds lifting” (pun intended) that hopefully will result in more permanent and positive medium-to-long-term changes. In Beijing and LA smog has lifted and air quality across the US has improved dramatically. Locals in Venice have noticed how clear the water appears perhaps due to the lack of motorboats and general crowds and pollution. These clearer waters have even led to wildlife appearing in the canals with swans, fish and more spotted in recent days. (2)

Beautiful photo of Lancaster, California from my beautiful niece Bella.

Socially, the recentering of family life seems to be occurring; general social trends such as people reconnecting with loved ones for an extended period of time for the first time in a long time. Citizens are coming together at their own risk to help the sick regardless of race or political party. Crime rates are down and looting, predicted to be a big issue hasn’t been a problem as of the time this article was published. When this is all over it is likely many people will have renewed appreciation for social contact. Business owners whose business survives will be better prepared to survive future crises and employees and business owners will have a newfound appreciation for each other.

From a medical and scientific angle, society is learning about the value of social distancing as a method of avoiding disease. It is possible that in hindsight this pandemic was a shot across the bow that saves us from an even worse pandemic, maybe even saves our society at some point. Social distancing was something most of society paid little attention to in terms of importance during previous epidemics and pandemics. The world-wide emphasis on the importance of social distancing is a lesson that’s likely to stick with our society, helping us to better survive pandemics in the future when they occur. The intense drive to find a cure will not only lead to a deeper understanding of virology of influenza viruses and the database of knowledge gleaned from these efforts will undoubtedly lead to new, improved therapies and advances in public health and biotechnology. People will be more aware of the importance of handwashing and other hygienic advice and incorporate them into their daily lives, increasing the general health of the population subsequent to this pandemic.

If past pandemics are any lesson, we can look forward to benefitting from what now are painful lessons for our society and take steps to mitigate damage from future pandemics. In the meantime, there are signs that while painful, there is hope that good things will come out of these trying and difficult times.

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My 4th Birthday and Anniversary!

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Dearest readers,

Today marks 4 years exactly since I published my first blog post. I am so grateful to all of you for your ongoing love and support – without you following me on my God-protected, angel-covered path, it certainly would not have been so magical. Nothing brings me more joy than hearing from you about how reading my posts and following my journey have transformed and inspired your life for the better.

I love how my audience comes back to me and shares how much happier and alive their longtime marriages have become; how much more productive and energized they are at work because of open and honest communication; how much more fun they are having in their lives by just appreciating the simple little things; how candlelight and essential oils bath experiences have melted away their tensions, helping them to release their fears; how meditation has made them more aware and more present to those they love; how keeping a gratitude journal has healed their souls and turned them into more vibrant and joyful people; how clean eating has done wonders for their bodies and their health; how travel experiences have enriched their lives; how they have discovered their inner truths…and how now every second alive is a fantastic and purposeful adventure!

I want my readers to desire and have a passion for life and its beauty the way that I do: to stop and smell the fragrant blossoming flowers, to lay on the lush green grass enjoying the sunshine, watching the birds fly with their sweet chirping songs, to take your nature healing walks and stop along the way observing the busy bees at work and the butterflies flirting their ways around the trees. When you tell me how incorporating spontaneity, dancing, writing, reading, prayers and meditation, therapeutic chakra balancing walks, playful time with children and animals have awakened your heart and soul in enchanting ways which you cannot even explain – well, that is when I know that my divine mission and purpose are being accomplished.

I am a big fan of self-improvement and self-healing.  And reading positive, inspirational books and listening to beautiful music cure so many of my stresses and worries. What excites me is when you share how having a passionate love affair with yourself has made a difference in all of your relationships, and you no longer play the blame or shame game. That is exactly what I would like to hear. And sometimes, you feel like you are living in a dream. But my dearest, I am hear to tell you that self-love is so powerful and the best gift you can ever give to yourself and to this negativity-filled world. Watch how your life will indeed become a dream come true! It is when we learn to take care of our minds, our bodies, our souls, confront our fears, accept what we cannot change or possess, and live in harmony with nature that we merge and become one spirit with God.  When we understand that God and the angels are always around to protect and shine their light on us, and that life has so many beautiful reasons to be happy, when we practice forgiveness and move forward in love with a spirit of generosity, compassion and gratitude, then we are truly living life to its fullest!

My dear readers, I am so happy to see that for the past 4 years, you have followed this journey with me and that little by little, it has transformed your lives. Thank you for continuing to share with me. For 4 years, I have shared with you my secrets, my light, my dreams, my sorrows, my inner darkness, my passions, and my goddess love with an open heart and mind, wishing you all to rise to your fullest potential and highest selves.

When I think about all the blogs I have written – open love letters describing my passions, experiences, my guidance, my curiosities, even my fears and sadness – I gush in delight because I see how far I have come, where I have been and how much more I want to explore and learn in this life. I am a creative enthusiast at heart and I am inviting you, if you are not already there, to embrace a relationship with your creative side. Sing, paint, draw, write, dance, cook, design, play an instrument, practice photography, and whatever else that brings pleasure to you. Get ready to experience the magic behind smiling and how much more meaningful and fulfilling your life will truly become.

When we spend our lives celebrating all the “little things,” our wounds will heal themselves, that spark in our eyes will shine through, and our lives will become more balanced and harmonious. I am dedicated and forever committed to providing you with the heavenly ingredients of attaining a life of love, beauty, grace, and happiness, which – as has been proven over and over again – has very little to do with how much money or material things we have and much more to do with living a peaceful and purposeful life.  I have gained this fascinating knowledge since childhood about how to live joyfully with nothing or with very little, and yet feel so rich, enlightened, happy, alive and blessed. Living our truth and spreading our love and light without fear are far more important than acquiring material wealth. This theme is repeated throughout my blogs and I hope to instill in you the willpower and zeal to achieve happiness and enlightenment.

This blog for me has been a remarkable testimony of self-love, self-expression, self-discovery, healing, growth, illumination, empowerment, resiliency, and welcoming of my goddess power from within to emerge and give rebirth to my life… one loving moment at a time. I have enjoyed giving you a glimpse into my whimsical world full of wonders and surprises, sharing my tips for peaceful, positive, and productive living, while happily exposing you to what romances me and to, of course, the most powerful force of all: Self-Love.

These past 4 years, I have read every single email, answered every question, and responded to all your comments, including those on my social media, with keen attention and a very open mind and heart because I learn so much from all of you and am wholeheartedly inspired by you. I appreciate all my intelligent, sophisticated, cultured, beautiful followers from all over the world, many of whom have now become kindred spirits and modern-day angelic presences in my life.

To all of you, I and Nini Love thank you from the bottom of our hearts and wish for you the greatest of love and happiness forevermore. Now at 45 and born again, I am so excited to share the beginning of my Queen-Goddess, divinely guided life with you. I invite you to stay with me during this expedition of unconditional love, beauty, self-discovery and celebration of life. The goddess within has fully risen, I am ecstatic to see what is next to come in this chapter of life and of course, will be sharing everything with you along this exquisite and awakening journey.

Thank you again for your support. Let us spread the power and joy together!

Love Always,

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La Casa Que Canta

Can you see the heart floating?

Greek Salad is my favorite

Nini loves to be around me when I am working.