“Faith is taking the first step even if you don’t see the whole staircase” — Martin Luther King Jr

What a week this has been. One of death, destruction, rage and sorrow. It is hard for me to put into words how I feel or what are the next right steps to take at home and globally on how to stop systematic racism. Having marched as a young adult with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I cry out to all the lives and livelihoods that have been taken this past week irrespective of color. I feel for the families whose loved ones were shot killed or otherwise harmed this week. The innocent bystander, the policeman, the immigrant shopkeeper, the mother and father whose livelihood was ripped apart.

I wonder how we will address the pervasive trauma bubble we all live in with armed tanks sitting fiercely in our streets and stores once fresh with goods boarded shut and painted black in solidarity. 

One can always replace property not human lives. How one though begins to live without fear will be the task for all. What will we teach our children in a world under siege? How the next generation reacts and votes will shape how compassion kindness, empathy and generosity the our world.

I don’t pretend to have any of the answers. Buzzfeed offers an action lists for how to fight racism: https://www.buzzfeed.com/jessicaprobus/resources-for-white-allies-fighting-racism?utm_source=dynamic&utm_campaign=bfshareemail

And this YouTube video explains beautifully systemic racism. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrHIQIO_bdQ 

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The worries however of Covid 19 continue. We will know in the next two weeks the effects of mass gatherings have had on the health of our nation. The pandemic has held us housebound, sheltering in place and  at times becoming fearful while at other times reflective. 1.9 million people filed for jobless benefits last week indicating our economy is bottoming out totally 43 million Americans unemployed. Synthetic opioid deaths continue to increase, and alcohol is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Both alcohol and marijuana sales have increased as has the advertising. How marijuana dispensaries were categorized as essential business still dumbfounds me.

Service delivery systems have emerged in the addiction and mental health field of which I am proud to be a part of. We are experiencing  an alarming growth in suicides and suicide attempts. Domestic violence, child abuse and neglect are on the rise. Depression and anxiety and insomnia are bedfellows. We have much work to do. The workers that serve on the front lines are exhausted, stressed and require our attention for they are heroic leaders.

In the microcosm of things our world goes on. People marry, have babies ,celebrate birthdays, attend funerals, go to school etc Random Kindness still exists and many are volunteering to help their community rebuild and repair  . In a time of negativity, The Daily Good offers positive stories about life and society.

On a personal note, my recovery as an adult child of an alcoholic and as a member of Alanon has never been stronger. There has been  more Facetime with family and even time to watch birds hatch and learn to fly.

There is time to attend to clients with thoughtful consideration and wise deliberation. And time to be creative and collborative. Sometimes it involves calling friends at 6 in the morning and 6 at night.

I continue to do family intensives, clinical interventions, and solution focused coaching. I continue to speak across the country.

Just as we mentor our youth to foster a brighter tomorrow, I appreciate the opportunity to mentor young professional, as as they will be healers of tomorrow.

Thought of the Hour: My Texas colleague, friend and one of the co-hosts of our professional meetings that I helped create, Kyle Infante — Chief Marketing Officer Cypress Lake shared this with me.