How You Make An IMPACT! (PERSONAL)

๐“๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ก๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐ง๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ ๐ž๐ญ๐ฌ. โค๏ธ

In 2008 I started working at a Boy Scout camp in Wisconsin. For 8 weeks every summer, I worked alongside dozens of other camp counselors to create a fun and memorable summer for Scouts, Leaders, and Parents alike! It was nothing like I had ever experienced before! ๐Ÿ˜„

๐๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ค ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ ๐ข๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ– ๐ˆโ€™๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ง๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ ๐ž๐ญ! ๐Ÿ™

It was the week I was assigned to work with a Troop, and I met a young Scout named Evan. At 11 years old, it was his first time attending camp, as well as his first time ever being away from home for an entire week!

Many Scouts typically see their week up at camp as an opportunity to be away from home and to be free from daily responsibilities. But for Evan it was a different story. By the time Day 2 had arrived, he ha become really homesick. ๐Ÿ˜”

I remember seeing him cry outside the camp’s main office. I remember Scouts from his Troop being dismissive of his behavior: โ€œHe always does that! He just cries a lot!โ€ And I remember talking with him. ๐Ÿ‘ฅ

Through his sniffles he explained to me how he was afraid of being away from home for so long. In fact, he was more worried about his parents and how they were back at home. He worried if they were truly okay with him being up at camp. ๐Ÿ˜ฐ

I had never experienced a situation like this before with a Scout, let alone anyone. But he was looking to me for support. ๐Ÿ™Œ

I remember putting my arm around him and offering him a new perspective. I asked him to consider his parentโ€™s point of view, that perhaps his parents didn’t actually want him worrying about them. ๐Ÿ‘€

“๐˜‹๐˜ฐ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅโ€™๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ? ๐˜ž๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ซ๐˜ฐ๐˜บ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ง?” ๐Ÿ™‚

๐ˆ๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฎ๐œ๐ค ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ก๐ข๐ฆ. ๐Ÿ’ฌ

We had a conversation or two after that, but by Day 4 he had become a lot more comfortable being at camp. I saw him taking merit badges, talking with Scouts from his troop, and enjoying himself in camp activities. ๐Ÿ™‚

I rarely spoke with him the rest of the week. But I was glad the situation with him had ended on a positive note. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

๐ˆ๐ง ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ˆ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ก๐ข๐ฆ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ. ๐…๐จ๐ซ ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฃ๐จ๐› ๐ˆ ๐ฎ๐ง๐๐ž๐ซ๐ญ๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐š๐ฌ ๐š ๐œ๐š๐ฆ๐ฉ ๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐จ๐ซ.

…A few weeks after his troop left camp, I was at the main office when I was notified I had new mail. Typically I was receiving mail that summer from my family in the form of care packages and handwritten letters telling me how they missed me. โค๏ธ

๐๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ๐ง’๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฒ. ๐ˆ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐„๐ฏ๐š๐ง. ๐Ÿ‘ค

He sent me a handwritten letter thanking me for helping him that week. And along with the letter he enclosed a photo taken of us during a camp activity. ๐Ÿ“ท

I read the letter multiple times, unexpected tears filling me up with gratitude. ๐ˆ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐š๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž ๐ˆ ๐œ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ญ๐ฎ๐๐ž. ๐ˆ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ณ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฆ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐š๐œ๐ญ ๐ˆ ๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐จ๐ง ๐š๐ง๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ก๐ฎ๐ฆ๐š๐ง ๐›๐ž๐ข๐ง๐ , ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐œ๐ก ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ฐ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐ฆ๐ž ๐š ๐ฅ๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ข๐ญ. ๐Ÿ™Œ

This happened over 10 years ago. Not many people know this story. Not many people know about Evan. And not many people know about the impact they can have on others.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐›๐ž ๐š ๐ฌ๐ฆ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ฅ๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐š๐ง๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐›๐ž ๐š ๐ฌ๐ฆ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐š๐œ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐๐ž๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐š๐ง ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ซ๐ž ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง’๐ฌ ๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž. ๐๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž ๐๐จ๐ง’๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ. โค๏ธ

His letter and photo now sit in a scrapbook atop my closet shelf, and I don’t plan on ever getting rid of it. While I worked at camp for another 5 summers, I never saw Evan again.

I don’t where he is or how he’s doing or if he even remembers writing this letter, but what I do know is that this moment left a solid mark on my heart. โค๏ธ

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Why Opinions DON’T Matter!

An opinion is worth a dime a dozen. ๐Ÿ’ฒ

Everybody has them, good and bad, and now more than ever opinions can be shared instantaneously! ๐Ÿ’ป

Think about it: ๐›๐ž๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐ž๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐๐ข๐๐ง’๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ฅ๐ž๐ ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐จ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐š๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐จ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐๐จ ๐ง๐จ๐ฐ. ๐Ÿ’จ

If you wanted to write an opinion to a newspaper article, there was no guarantee your comment would even be featured in the newspaper. These days we can easily see them all in online comment sections. ๐Ÿ“ฐ

If you wanted to write an inflammatory message to someone, you’d have to get out a pen, paper, envelope, and stamp. You’d have to write it, and then drive to the post office to mail it. ๐Ÿ“ฎ

The beauty of this was you’d have plenty of time to think twice before you sent a message you may later regret. Online you can send it instantly and never look back. ๐Ÿ–ฑ๏ธ

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐จ๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐š ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ฅ๐ž๐ ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐š ๐ฌ๐จ๐œ๐ข๐ž๐ญ๐š๐ฅ ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง: “๐ˆ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐š ๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ค ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐จ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐ข๐จ๐ง!” โš–๏ธ

Again, opinions aren’t “good” or “bad”. Some are and some aren’t. Some are constructive but many, if not most, tend to be destructive. ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

๐€๐ง๐ ๐ˆ’๐ฏ๐ž ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฆ ๐ญ๐จ๐จ! ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ

Read many of my posts and you’ll see I have many, so this is not about pointing fingers here! Just take a look at the first sentence in this post! ๐Ÿ˜‚

It’s not about blaming social media or the internet for opinions. They’re both tools, and any tool can be used for better or for worse. With every advancement in technology will always come a new set of problems to consider. This just happens to be one of them that we’re still figuring out solutions for. ๐Ÿ‘

So what is 1 solution to these excessive opinions? Like the beautiful quote by Paulo Coelho says below:

๐๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ž๐ฑ๐š๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž, ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐จ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž. ๐ƒ๐จ๐ง’๐ญ ๐’๐€๐˜ ๐ข๐ญ; ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐๐„ ๐ข๐ญ. ๐Ÿ‘ค

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Why Our Inner REBEL Matters!

๐Ÿคฌ ๐ˆ ๐ƒ๐Ž๐โ€™๐“ ๐‹๐ˆ๐Š๐„ ๐๐„๐ˆ๐๐† ๐“๐Ž๐‹๐ƒ ๐–๐‡๐€๐“ ๐“๐Ž ๐ƒ๐Ž! ๐Ÿคฌ

When someone tells me to do something, the first question I often think is: โ€œWhy?!โ€ โ‰๏ธ

The inner rebel in me instinctively takes over in defense. ๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ

โ€œ๐‘พ๐’‰๐’š ๐’”๐’‰๐’๐’–๐’๐’… ๐‘ฐ ๐’๐’Š๐’”๐’•๐’†๐’ ๐’•๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’”๐’๐’?!โ€ ๐Ÿ˜ก

โ€œ๐‘พ๐’‰๐’ ๐’…๐’๐’†๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’”๐’๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’Œ ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’š ๐’‚๐’“๐’†?!โ€ ๐Ÿ˜ก

โ€œ๐‘พ๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’Œ๐’†๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’”๐’๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’Œ ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’š ๐’„๐’‚๐’ ๐’•๐’†๐’๐’ ๐‘ด๐‘ฌ ๐’˜๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’•๐’ ๐’…๐’?!โ€ ๐Ÿ˜ก

In a desire to assert my power, Iโ€™m quick to assume the worst intentions of the other person. In an instant, Iโ€™m ready to protect my desire to be free from the chains which possibly await me. โœŠ

Can you relate? โฌ‡๏ธ

๐Ÿ‘ You donโ€™t like being told what to do unless you feel respect for the other person?

๐Ÿ‘ You donโ€™t like being told what to do unless you feel you can trust the other person?

๐Ÿ‘ You donโ€™t like being told what to do unless you feel the other person treats you like a human being and not like an object?

If so, youโ€™re not alone! I have felt the same way! ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ

But fortunately, these feelings of rebellion tend to be temporary. ๐Ÿ™‚

Typically after a moment of self-restraint and introspection my emotions fall back on solid ground. ๐Ÿ™Œ

๐๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐›๐ž๐ฅ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐›๐š๐œ๐ค ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž. ๐Ÿ‘ค

I know heโ€™s just doing his job to protect me from perceived threats. Like any natural instincts we have (Fight, Flight, and Freeze), they’re all just here to help us survive. If we didnโ€™t have them, we wouldnโ€™t be alive for very long! ๐Ÿ˜…

In other words: ๐“๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐›๐ž๐ฅ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐š ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐š๐ซ. ๐‡๐žโ€™๐ฌ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฅ๐จ๐จ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฆ๐ž, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ˆ ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐ข๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ก๐ข๐ฆ ๐๐จ๐ฐ๐ง ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐ก๐ข๐ฆ ๐จ๐ง ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ.

But what happens when our inner rebel doesnโ€™t go away? What happens when he overstays his welcome and takes control over everything we do? ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

When untamed, how does our inner rebel handle situations heโ€™s faced with? โ‰๏ธ

๐Ÿคฌ Perhaps he responds with cynicism.

๐Ÿคฌ Perhaps he responds with resentment.

๐Ÿคฌ Perhaps he responds with hostility or even violence.

Because if I know how stubborn my inner rebel is when being told what to do, I canโ€™t imagine how hard it is for someone else dealing with an inner rebel they aren’t even aware of! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

But hereโ€™s the thing…๐ˆ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐œ๐š๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐›๐ฅ๐š๐ฆ๐ž ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐žโ€™๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐๐จ! ๐Ÿ‘

Hear me out! ๐Ÿ›‘

Iโ€™m NOT justifying violence. Iโ€™m NOT justifying people acting upon their inner rebels like this either. ๐๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ˆ ๐š๐ฆ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ฒ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ž๐ฆ๐ฉ๐š๐ญ๐ก๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ก๐ฎ๐ฆ๐š๐ง ๐›๐ž๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฉ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐œ๐ž๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ž๐ง๐ฏ๐ข๐ซ๐จ๐ง๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ. ๐Ÿ˜จ

A LOT has happened in the past year. Weโ€™ve all been experiencing a level of uncertainty and discomfort most of us would never think weโ€™d become accustomed to. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

Not only have we experienced the effects of a global pandemic, something most of us have never experienced in our lifetime, itโ€™s also happened during a time when our country has never been more politically divided (https://pewrsr.ch/3v9o6uK)! โš”๏ธ

What shouldโ€™ve been a moment in our countryโ€™s history to come together and fight this virus instead became a breeding ground for hysteria, denialism, and hypocrisy. What shouldโ€™ve been a moment where effective leadership and cooperation in the highest positions of government was needed the most did not appear. ๐Ÿ˜”

So I get it. โค๏ธ

THESE are just some of the reasons why I canโ€™t blame peopleโ€™s inner rebels for coming out of the woodwork lately and feeling the way they do.

โš ๏ธ ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐›๐ฅ๐ž๐ฆ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐งโ€™๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐›๐ž๐ฅ ๐ฐ๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ; ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐›๐ฅ๐ž๐ฆ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ๐ง ๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ ๐ž๐ฑ๐š๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐ฉ.

โš ๏ธ ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐›๐ฅ๐ž๐ฆ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐งโ€™๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐›๐ž๐ฅ ๐ฐ๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฆ๐ž๐๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ; ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐›๐ฅ๐ž๐ฆ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฆ๐ž๐๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ก๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ญ๐ก ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐š๐ ๐ข๐ง๐ , ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ง ๐ก๐š๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐จ๐ค๐ž๐ ๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ค๐ž๐ฉ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐๐ข๐›๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ.

โš ๏ธ ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐›๐ฅ๐ž๐ฆ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐งโ€™๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐›๐ž๐ฅ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ โ€œ๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐ฌ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž๐ง ๐š๐ฐ๐š๐ฒโ€; ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐›๐ฅ๐ž๐ฆ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐›๐ž๐ฅ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐จ๐ง๐จ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ ๐›๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐›๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐š๐ญ ๐ก๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ญ.

To clarify, I am NOT placing all the blame on authority figures. I am NOT saying we as individual citizens donโ€™t also have a responsibility for the choices we make. And I am NOT denying that misinformation, conspiracy theories, and scientific illiteracy hasnโ€™t made it much more difficult for those in authority to communicate with the general public. It certainly has. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

๐Ÿšจ ๐๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ˆ ๐š๐ฆ ๐ฌ๐š๐ฒ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฅ๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐žโ€™๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐จ๐›๐ž๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ. ๐€๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐œ๐ฒ๐ง๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐›๐ฎ๐ข๐ฅ๐ ๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ.

๐“๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐š๐ฒ ๐›๐ž ๐จ๐›๐ž๐๐ข๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ญ-๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ, ๐›๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐จ๐ง๐ -๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ญ ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐๐ž๐ง๐ฃ๐š๐ฆ๐ข๐ง ๐…๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ค๐ฅ๐ข๐ง: “๐€ ๐ฆ๐š๐ง ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ ๐š๐ ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐ฆ๐ž ๐จ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ.” ๐Ÿšจ

My point is: your inner rebel is NOT crazy for feeling the way he feels! ๐Ÿ™Œ

Itโ€™s because I know my own inner rebel that I know shame, condescension, and ridicule from others isn’t going to settle him down. In fact, ๐ข๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐ก๐ข๐ฆ.

๐Ÿคฌ ๐ˆ ๐ƒ๐Ž๐โ€™๐“ ๐‹๐ˆ๐Š๐„ ๐๐„๐ˆ๐๐† ๐“๐Ž๐‹๐ƒ ๐–๐‡๐€๐“ ๐“๐Ž ๐ƒ๐Ž! ๐Ÿคฌ

๐Ÿคฌ โ€œRIGHT ON, DONALD! MY IMMUNE SYSTEM DOESNโ€™T NEED ANY VACCINE!โ€ ๐Ÿคฌ

Well, actually…โฌ‡๏ธ

Letโ€™s take the example of a car. A car has a body and a set of car parts inside the body that makes it function. Indeed, the car has a greater chance of lasting longer the more maintenance thatโ€™s done on it like oil changes, rotating tires, and replacing brake pads. ๐Ÿš—

But just because the car is in great shape doesnโ€™t mean the car is completely immune from the environment. It may have a better chance of survival hitting a small animal, but thereโ€™s no guarantee the carโ€™s going to survive hitting a tree head-on! ๐Ÿ’ฅ

Now, take this analogy and think of us. We each have a body and a set of parts inside our body that makes it function. Indeed, we have a greater chance of living longer the more maintenance we do on our bodies like eating healthy, exercising, and getting enough sleep. ๐Ÿ˜ด

But just because our body is in great shape doesnโ€™t mean our body is completely immune from the environment (or our genetics). It may have a better chance of survival with the common cold, but thereโ€™s no guarantee our body is going to survive being exposed to smallpox. ๐Ÿค’

In other words: ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐  In other words: ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š ๐ก๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ญ๐ก๐ฒ ๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฒ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐๐Ž๐“ ๐š ๐œ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž-๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ, as much as I’d NOT like to tell you this. ๐Ÿ˜”

There are MANY infectious diseases in the world which our immune systems are not sufficient to save our lives from, no matter how healthy we eat, how much we exercise, and how much positive thinking we do. ๐Ÿ™Œ

Don’t get me wrong, it can definitely help, but to assume our immune system works as a cure-all mechanism for everything lacks a bigger perspective. ๐ŸŒŽ

๐Ÿ’‰ For those of us who have had the privilege to never experience or die from smallpox, an infectious disease where you would have lesions of blisters and puss all over your body…we can thank vaccines for that.

๐Ÿ’‰ For those of us who have had the privilege to never experience or die from polio, an infectious disease which could render you paralyzed (Franklin Roosevelt being one of them)…we can thank vaccines for that.

๐Ÿ’‰ For those of us who have had the privilege to never experience or die from diphtheria, where gray matter covered up the back of your throat and your lymph nodes swelled up making it hard to breathe…we can thank vaccines for that.

And what do all these infectious diseases have in common? โฌ‡๏ธ

They are very contagious. ๐Ÿ‘ฅ

They can spread through airborne particles and droplets. ๐Ÿ’ฆ

And they have been practically eliminated in the US thanks to mass vaccination efforts. ๐ŸŽ‰

The fact is, infectious diseases are NOT new to human history; ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ฐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฎ๐ฌ. ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹

The fact is, anti-maskers are NOT new to human history either (e.g. Anti-Mask League of San Francisco during the 1918 pandemic); ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ฐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฎ๐ฌ. ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹

And the less we remember about our history, the more likely we are to repeat it. โŒ›

So if youโ€™ve never heard of these diseases, Iโ€™m not surprised.

๐Ÿšจ ๐Œ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ง ๐š ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š๐ ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐ฐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ž๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐œ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ. ๐ˆ๐ซ๐จ๐ง๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ, ๐ข๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐œ๐œ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฏ๐š๐œ๐œ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง ๐๐ž๐œ๐š๐๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง ๐›๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ โ€œ๐๐ž๐›๐š๐ญ๐žโ€ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ.

๐–๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ฅ๐ž๐ ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐š ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š๐ ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ง๐จ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ซ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž ๐œ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐š๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ข๐ง๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ๐ž๐ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฏ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž.

๐“๐จ ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ฒ: ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐š๐œ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ž’๐ซ๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ฅ๐ž๐ ๐ž๐ ๐ก๐š๐ฌ ๐ ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ง ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐ฒ ๐จ๐ฉ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ข๐ ๐ง๐จ๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ฅ๐ ๐š๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐ฎ๐ฌ (https://bit.ly/3CEYhXI). ๐Ÿšจ

Again, Iโ€™m NOT saying there arenโ€™t legitimate reasons for why people are hesitant to vaccinate. As I noted earlier, thereโ€™s been a multitude of problems which have exacerbated this issue, not the least of which has included authority figures. ๐Ÿ‘

But on the flip side (and Iโ€™m going to be frank):

โš ๏ธ ๐ˆ ๐๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ๐žโ€™๐ฌ ๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฏ๐š๐œ๐œ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ž ๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐žโ€™๐ฌ ๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ข๐œ๐ค ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ.

โš ๏ธ ๐ˆ ๐๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ๐žโ€™๐ฌ ๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฏ๐š๐œ๐œ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ž ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ก๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ญ๐ก ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ง๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฒ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ฆ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐œ๐š๐ง๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐›๐ž ๐ฏ๐š๐œ๐œ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ž๐.

โš ๏ธ ๐ˆ ๐๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐ž ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐งโ€™๐ฌ ๐ข๐ ๐ง๐จ๐ซ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐›๐ž ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐š๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ž๐ช๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ ๐ญ๐จ ๐š๐ง๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐งโ€™๐ฌ ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ๐ฅ๐ž๐๐ ๐ž.

๐ˆ ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐ž๐ž๐๐จ๐ฆ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐œ๐ก ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐๐จ. ๐๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž๐ฆ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ž’๐ฏ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ ๐จ๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ง ๐ฐ๐ž ๐œ๐š๐ง’๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฅ๐ข๐›๐ž๐ซ๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ฎ๐ง๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž’๐ฌ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฉ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐›๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ.

๐ŸŒŸ ๐™‡๐™ž๐™—๐™š๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™ฎ ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ง๐™š๐™จ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™ž๐™—๐™ž๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™˜๐™๐™–๐™ค๐™จ. ๐ŸŒŸ

And for any of my friends reading this post whose inner rebel has come to the surface I can assure you…

Iโ€™m not here to tell you what to do. Iโ€™m not here to point a finger at you and say: “Shame!” All I’m sharing here is just a second opinion you are welcome to take and leave as much as you please. ๐Ÿ˜Š

๐Ÿ˜ก “DONALD! WHAT’S YOUR POINT WITH ALL THIS?!” ๐Ÿ˜ก

The whole point with me writing all this was to say: ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž ๐š ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ ๐€๐๐ƒ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฏ๐š๐œ๐œ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ž๐. ๐Ÿ™‚

๐Ÿ™Œ ๐™„๐™ฉ ๐™™๐™ค๐™š๐™จ๐™ฃโ€™๐™ฉ ๐™๐™–๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™—๐™š ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™Š๐™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง; ๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™—๐™š ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐˜ฟ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง. ๐Ÿ™Œ

To provide one of my favorite phrases: Donโ€™t throw out the baby with the bathwater.

๐Ÿ‘ฎ ๐‰๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ฐ๐ซ๐จ๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ซ๐จ๐ง๐  ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž.

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โš•๏ธ ๐‰๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ก๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ญ๐ก ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐š๐ ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐š๐ฒ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ๐ž.

๐Ÿ‘ค ๐‰๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐Ÿ๐ž๐œ๐ญ, ๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐š๐ฐ๐ž๐ ๐ก๐ฎ๐ฆ๐š๐ง ๐›๐ž๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ค๐ž ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ซ๐ž ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐›๐ž ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐.

So, it is with this nuanced perspective in mind that I did my own research, looked at the scientific studies with my own eyes, and came to the conclusions that I did around the COVID-19 vaccines. ๐Ÿ‘€

Because let me tell you: ๐˜ ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฏ’๐˜ต ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ ๐˜ช๐˜ง ๐˜ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฏ’๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ง๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ณ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ด! ๐Ÿ’ฏ

And best part is, I didn’t come to this conclusion because I blindly listened to some authority figures. ๐Ÿ‘ค

I won’t! โŒ

Why? Because we all need healthy skepticism in our lives. Because we all need to be open to multiple perspectives. ๐Ÿ˜

Because, just like you…

๐Ÿคฌ ๐ˆ ๐ƒ๐Ž๐โ€™๐“ ๐‹๐ˆ๐Š๐„ ๐๐„๐ˆ๐๐† ๐“๐Ž๐‹๐ƒ ๐–๐‡๐€๐“ ๐“๐Ž ๐ƒ๐Ž! ๐Ÿคฌ

So I made the choice on my own! โค๏ธ

โ€œ๐„๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐š๐ง ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐๐ž๐œ๐ข๐๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฅ๐ค ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐š๐ฅ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐š๐ซ๐ค๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ.โ€

~ Martin Luther King Jr. ๐Ÿ’ฌ

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Why Mental Health MATTERS!

๐Ÿ“… MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH! ๐Ÿ“…

For my well-being as a whole, Iโ€™d say Iโ€™m a pretty optimistic person with dashes of realism. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

But for the Intellectual in me, I’m more of a pessimistic optimist. โ‰๏ธ

To clarify: I prepare for the worst, and I hope for the best! ๐Ÿ˜…

As weโ€™ve entered a new decade, I am pleasantly surprised to look out at our society and see how far weโ€™ve come.

๐Ÿ’ง We have water we didn’t have to filter! ๐Ÿ’ง

๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ We drive on streets we didn’t have to pave! ๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ

๐Ÿ“š And we read books we didn’t have to write! ๐Ÿ“š

๐ŸŽถ We listen to music we didn’t have to produce! ๐ŸŽถ

๐Ÿ’Š We use medicines we didnโ€™t have to create! ๐Ÿ’Š

๐Ÿ™ And we have so many things we can be grateful for! ๐Ÿ™

๐Ÿคฌ “DONALD, DON’T BE NAIVE! WHAT ABOUT…?!” ๐Ÿคฌ

Of course! The history of our humanity hasnโ€™t been all sunshine and rainbows, no doubt! ๐ŸŒˆ

Big shifts in our world included mass plagues, wars, and violent revolutions, things most of us have never had to experience in our lives! ๐Ÿ‘

I agree with you; thereโ€™s no point in denying the dark points in history! ๐Ÿ’ฏ

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜โ€™๐˜€ ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜โ€™๐˜€ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜ ๐˜€๐—ผ ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป’๐˜ โ€œ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜” ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—š๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฎ ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ฑ. โœ๏ธ

But, in spite of all that, in spite of all the negatives I could tell you about in history, we as humans have nevertheless continued to move forward. Consider this: we have not yet allowed ignorance to completely destroy us and our neighbors to oblivion! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Looking at our current society, from modern agriculture to medicine to artificial intelligence, I see us continuing to make great strides forward in science and technology! ๐Ÿค–

To give you one stunning fact: the average life expectancy in the past century has gone up from age 30 to 70! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

๐Ÿคฌ “DONALD! HELLO?! COVID-19!” ๐Ÿคฌ

Of course! We’re all currently going through a crisis right now with the COVID-19 pandemic. And indeed, there’s a ton of things I can tell you I feel very concerned about during this time. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

I could tell you about my concerns for loved ones who are very susceptible to this virus. I could tell you about my concerns for those who think the virus is a downright hoax. I could especially tell you about my concerns of mental health and the impact our lockdowns have had on it. ๐Ÿ˜จ

…and speaking of which, that’s why I share this post with you today! ๐Ÿ™Œ

In honor of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, my hope in sharing this post is we continue expanding our understanding of mental health and focusing on long-term solutions to improve it. โค๏ธ

โค๏ธ ๐‘พ๐‘ฌโ€™๐‘น๐‘ฌ ๐‘ด๐‘ฐ๐‘บ๐‘บ๐‘ฐ๐‘ต๐‘ฎ ๐‘พ๐‘ฏ๐‘จ๐‘ป ๐‘ด๐‘จ๐‘ป๐‘ป๐‘ฌ๐‘น๐‘บ!!! โค๏ธ

While I personally can acknowledge the progress above and am grateful to be living in this day and age, I’ve noticed many people, even before COVID started, are more pessimistic and cynical than ever! โ‰๏ธ

Factually, we’ve come so far as a civilization. But for many people emotionally, it doesn’t “feel” like it has. ๐Ÿ˜จ

Why is that?! If we live in such affluent times with more resources than ever for us to be happy, why are so many still unhappy?! โ‰๏ธ

If so many of us have more than our basic needs for food, water, and shelter, why have we seen suicide rates rise?! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Yeah! ๐…๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ— ๐ญ๐จ ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ–, ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐”๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐’๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ! (Source: https://bit.ly/3eCcMkJ) ๐Ÿ“ˆ

๐ŸŒบ How, if thereโ€™s so many flowers in our gardens, do we still feel like we’re missing something? ๐ŸŒบ

Are we just so ungrateful that we canโ€™t see whatโ€™s right in front of us? ๐Ÿค”

Are we just not reminded enough about the facts and how great we have it compared to our ancestors? ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

Are we just simply more open these days about our emotions, hence the increase in depression and anxiety diagnoses? ๐Ÿ“„

I think these answers may be part of it, but I also think it’s multifaceted. So if you are looking for a simple answer to these questions, you’ve come to the wrong post! ๐Ÿ˜…

But while I don’t have all the answers, I will propose at least one big contribution I believe our society greatly neglects. ๐Ÿ‘ฅ

To explain, Iโ€™m reminded of the words of Palmer Joss in the 1997 film “Contact”: ๐ŸŽฌ

โ€œ๐‘จ๐’“๐’† ๐’˜๐’† ๐’‰๐’‚๐’‘๐’‘๐’Š๐’†๐’“ ๐’‚๐’” ๐’‚ ๐’‰๐’–๐’Ž๐’‚๐’ ๐’“๐’‚๐’„๐’†? ๐‘ฐ๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’˜๐’๐’“๐’๐’… ๐’‡๐’–๐’๐’…๐’‚๐’Ž๐’†๐’๐’•๐’‚๐’๐’๐’š ๐’‚ ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’•๐’•๐’†๐’“ ๐’‘๐’๐’‚๐’„๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’„๐’‚๐’–๐’”๐’† ๐’๐’‡ ๐’”๐’„๐’Š๐’†๐’๐’„๐’† ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’•๐’†๐’„๐’‰๐’๐’๐’๐’๐’ˆ๐’š? ๐Ÿค”

๐‘พ๐’† ๐’”๐’‰๐’๐’‘ ๐’‚๐’• ๐’‰๐’๐’Ž๐’†. ๐‘พ๐’† ๐’”๐’–๐’“๐’‡ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’˜๐’†๐’ƒ. ๐‘จ๐’• ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’”๐’‚๐’Ž๐’† ๐’•๐’Š๐’Ž๐’†, ๐’˜๐’† ๐’‡๐’†๐’†๐’ ๐’†๐’Ž๐’‘๐’•๐’Š๐’†๐’“, ๐’๐’๐’๐’†๐’๐’Š๐’†๐’“, ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’Ž๐’๐’“๐’† ๐’„๐’–๐’• ๐’๐’‡๐’‡ ๐’‡๐’“๐’๐’Ž ๐’†๐’‚๐’„๐’‰ ๐’๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“ ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’ ๐’‚๐’• ๐’‚๐’๐’š ๐’๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“ ๐’•๐’Š๐’Ž๐’† ๐’Š๐’ ๐’‰๐’–๐’Ž๐’‚๐’ ๐’‰๐’Š๐’”๐’•๐’๐’“๐’š. ๐‘พ๐’†’๐’“๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’„๐’๐’Ž๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‚ ๐’”๐’š๐’๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’”๐’Š๐’›๐’†๐’… ๐’”๐’๐’„๐’Š๐’†๐’•๐’š ๐’Š๐’ ๐’‚ ๐’ˆ๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’• ๐’ƒ๐’Š๐’ˆ ๐’‰๐’–๐’“๐’“๐’š ๐’•๐’ ๐’ˆ๐’†๐’• ๐’•๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’๐’†๐’™๐’• ๐’•๐’†๐’Ž๐’‘๐’๐’“๐’‚๐’“๐’š ๐’”๐’†๐’๐’”๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’. ๐Ÿ’จ

๐‘ฐ ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’Œ ๐’Š๐’• ๐’Š๐’” ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’„๐’‚๐’–๐’”๐’† ๐’˜๐’† ๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’๐’๐’๐’Œ๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’Ž๐’†๐’‚๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ. ๐‘พ๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’Š๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’Ž๐’†๐’‚๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ? ๐‘พ๐’† ๐’‰๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’Ž๐’Š๐’๐’…๐’๐’†๐’”๐’” ๐’‹๐’๐’ƒ๐’”. ๐‘พ๐’† ๐’•๐’‚๐’Œ๐’† ๐’‡๐’“๐’‚๐’๐’•๐’Š๐’„ ๐’—๐’‚๐’„๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’๐’”. ๐‘ซ๐’†๐’‡๐’Š๐’„๐’Š๐’• ๐’‡๐’Š๐’๐’‚๐’๐’„๐’† ๐’•๐’“๐’Š๐’‘๐’” ๐’•๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’๐’ ๐’•๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’–๐’š ๐’Ž๐’๐’“๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’˜๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’Œ ๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’ˆ๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‡๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’”๐’† ๐’‰๐’๐’๐’†๐’” ๐’Š๐’ ๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’๐’Š๐’—๐’†๐’”. ๐‘ฐ๐’” ๐’Š๐’• ๐’‚๐’๐’š ๐’˜๐’๐’๐’…๐’†๐’“ ๐’˜๐’† ๐’‰๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’๐’๐’”๐’• ๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’”๐’†๐’๐’”๐’† ๐’๐’‡ ๐’…๐’Š๐’“๐’†๐’„๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’?โ€ ๐Ÿงญ

The words of Palmer Joss also remind me of the words from Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl: โ€œEver more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.โ€ โœ๏ธ

I want you to read Franklโ€™s words again but slower:

โžก๏ธ โ€œ๐—˜๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ, ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ป๐—ผ ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ.โ€ โฌ…๏ธ

๐ŸŒบ We have many flowers in our garden. But we have little meaning to WHY these flowers matter. Weโ€™re told to appreciate them, but we don’t understand WHY we should. ๐ŸŒบ

โค๏ธ ๐‘พ๐‘ฌโ€™๐‘น๐‘ฌ ๐‘ด๐‘ฐ๐‘บ๐‘บ๐‘ฐ๐‘ต๐‘ฎ ๐‘พ๐‘ฏ๐‘จ๐‘ป ๐‘ด๐‘จ๐‘ป๐‘ป๐‘ฌ๐‘น๐‘บ!!! โค๏ธ

The problem I see happening is:

Weโ€™re mastering Quantity at the expense of Quality. โš–๏ธ

Weโ€™re mastering the Objective at the expense of the Subjective. โš–๏ธ

And weโ€™re mastering Intelligence at the expense of Emotional Intelligence. โš–๏ธ

Weโ€™re mastering our Outer Worlds at the expense of our Inner Worlds. โš–๏ธ

Weโ€™re mastering what we Want at the expense of what we Need. โš–๏ธ

And weโ€™re feeding our Heads at the expense of our Hearts. โš–๏ธ

Or to use the Hopi word: Koyaanisqatsi, which means โ€œlife out of balanceโ€. โ˜ฏ๏ธ

I see no better time than this day and age we live in for more and more people to be experiencing an existential crisis, a serious contemplation on whether oneโ€™s life has any purpose or meaning. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

I can tell you from personal experience, having an existential crisis is VERY unpleasant! And sadly, I know some individuals who didn’t make it out of them alive. ๐Ÿ•ณ๏ธ

In a world filled with paradoxes and contradictions, a world weโ€™re told has absolute truth yet contradicting ideas keep filling us with doubt, a world which at times seems pretty absurd, what is a person supposed to believe anymore?! ๐Ÿคฏ

Think about it: If everything you were once told to believe and embrace about life was irredeemably challenged, and the ideals you once stood for were now reduced to a pile of rubble, what is the next rational step for a person to take? ๐Ÿ™‰

It’s why I can’t blame someone who has had these life experiences and has become so cynical because of it. As George Carlin put it: “๐˜š๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜บ ๐˜ค๐˜บ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ค ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต.” ๐ŸŽญ

But let me assure you: ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž’๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐จ๐ฉ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ง ๐œ๐ฒ๐ง๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ. ๐“๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž’๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐จ๐ฉ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ง ๐ง๐ข๐ก๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ. ๐€๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž’๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐จ๐ฉ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ง ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž. โค๏ธ

โค๏ธ ๐‘พ๐‘ฌโ€™๐‘น๐‘ฌ ๐‘ด๐‘ฐ๐‘บ๐‘บ๐‘ฐ๐‘ต๐‘ฎ ๐‘พ๐‘ฏ๐‘จ๐‘ป ๐‘ด๐‘จ๐‘ป๐‘ป๐‘ฌ๐‘น๐‘บ!!! โค๏ธ

I believe Johann Hari said it best when he said our society is great at doing many things, like the things I mentioned above with science and technology. ๐Ÿ‘

๐—•๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜โ€™๐˜€ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒโ€™๐˜€ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ ๐—ฝ๐˜€๐˜†๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐˜€. ๐Ÿ˜จ

We all need to feel like we belong in this world, the need to feel like our lives have purpose and meaning, the need to feel like we are seen and appreciated by others, the need to feel like we have a compelling future to look forward to. You could even call these “the needs of the soulโ€. โค๏ธ

And yet, how many people right now are actually getting these needs met? ๐Ÿ’”

How many people are instead just being told to โ€œbe happyโ€ or being told to just remember “how great our country isโ€? ๐Ÿ’”

๐ŸŒบ ๐—œ๐˜โ€™๐˜€ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐˜€. ๐ŸŒบ

And when you understand the problem in this way, it seems more than reasonable to me that we can’t just keep telling ourselves the story that Depression and Anxiety are only caused by a lack of brain chemicals. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Perhaps our emotions have been messengers trying to tell us something important. ๐Ÿ“ฌ

Perhaps our emotions have been signaling to us the way we’re living is making us ill. ๐Ÿ˜ซ

Perhaps we’re living in an environment which magnifies, reinforces, and exacerbates our psychological problems. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

To clarify, I’m NOT claiming any conspiracies here. I’m also NOT saying any of this is being done intentionally. What I am saying is that this may be the long-term result of a society which continues to turn off the alarm bells when the alarm bells keep going off for legitimate reasons. โŒ›

Weโ€™ve been so focused on external factors to โ€œfixโ€ these alarm bells, whether it was through drugs, alcohol, food, or needless distractions that we’re in the collective habit of inadvertently killing the messenger! ๐Ÿ’Š

โค๏ธ ๐‘พ๐‘ฌโ€™๐‘น๐‘ฌ ๐‘ด๐‘ฐ๐‘บ๐‘บ๐‘ฐ๐‘ต๐‘ฎ ๐‘พ๐‘ฏ๐‘จ๐‘ป ๐‘ด๐‘จ๐‘ป๐‘ป๐‘ฌ๐‘น๐‘บ!!! โค๏ธ

Iโ€™ve talked in the past about being very passionate about advocating what I call “the psychological development of the individual”.

โฌ†๏ธ ๐—ง๐—›๐—œ๐—ฆ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ต๐˜†! โฌ†๏ธ

THIS is the reason Iโ€™m so passionate about it. It’s why Iโ€™ve surrounded myself in the field of Personal Development. It’s why Iโ€™m such a fan of philosophy. It’s why Iโ€™m such a supporter of Tony Robbinsโ€™s work. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

๐—œ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒโ€™๐˜€ ๐—ฝ๐˜€๐˜†๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—œ’๐—บ ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฆ. ๐Ÿ˜”

Compared to where we were a few decades ago, weโ€™re now living in a much more complex world. Weโ€™re no longer going to be able to solve these complex problems with the same simplistic thinking which created them. ๐Ÿ‘

So what Iโ€™m advocating for is developing our Emotional Intelligence, developing our Cognitive skills, and encouraging the Psychological Development of the Individual. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

We’ve assumed for too long these skills would simply develop naturally with little effort. But again, look at where many people are now. ๐Ÿ˜”

Itโ€™s important I emphasize: โ›” Iโ€™m NOT saying to start neglecting or throwing out what science and technology has to offer! Not at all! โ›”

Iโ€™m not saying we need to choose one OR the other; ๐—œโ€™๐—บ ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—”๐—ก๐—— ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ. โ˜ฏ๏ธ

As science and technology moves forward with greater complexity, I want to ensure we as individuals move forward too, with a more complex understanding of “knowing thyself”. ๐Ÿ˜Š

But what will this require?

๐ŸŒŸ We need to appoint and elect more leaders of integrity, of emotional intelligence, who build trust in leading through their example; that’s how we decrease cynicism.

๐ŸŒŸ We need to create meaning where there’s meaninglessness to be found in peopleโ€™s lives; that’s how we decrease nihilism.

๐ŸŒŸ We need to teach people HOW to think and not WHAT to think; thatโ€™s how we develop cognitive and critical thinking skills.

๐ŸŒŸ We need to develop self awareness, to challenge our black-and-white thinking, and learn how to communicate civilly with those we disagree with; that’s how we develop empathy.

๐ŸŒŸ We need to learn to compromise, to promote societal order, to re-establish moral standards and mutually agreed upon truths; thatโ€™s how we decrease anomie.

And I won’t be so naive as to think implementing these ideas will be easy, that they will be some quick fixes, that people will be so easily convinced they are necessary endeavors. โœ…

I know that me just saying this here doesnโ€™t mean people are going to take any action to do these things. But at the very least, I hope I planted some seeds in people’s minds to think about. โœ…

These initiatives will require many more people to step forward and be a part of the change. This is not meant to be like some political statement; it’s just something Iโ€™ve been passionate about sharing for a while. I now have the words finally written out! ๐Ÿ˜

๐Ÿšจ Because I don’t want to keep seeing people needlessly suffer! ๐Ÿšจ

โค๏ธ ๐‘พ๐‘ฌโ€™๐‘น๐‘ฌ ๐‘ด๐‘ฐ๐‘บ๐‘บ๐‘ฐ๐‘ต๐‘ฎ ๐‘พ๐‘ฏ๐‘จ๐‘ป ๐‘ด๐‘จ๐‘ป๐‘ป๐‘ฌ๐‘น๐‘บ!!! โค๏ธ

These ideas I share with you now are NOT EVEN MY IDEAS! They are not original! These ideas have been around a very long time! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

The problem is weโ€™ve either forgotten how important these ideas are or we were simply never introduced to them in the first place. And if you have never before, consider yourself introduced now! ๐Ÿ˜…

You wonโ€™t learn these ideas browsing social media posts, I can guarantee you that! ๐Ÿ˜‰

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒโ€™๐˜€ ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐˜€๐—ผ ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ป’๐˜ ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—น๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€. ๐ŸŽฎ

I can assure you: there’s a profound sense of humility which comes when you realize how little you know, how far we can all expand our understandings of the world, if we all make the conscious choice to. โค๏ธ

Iโ€™ll leave you with wisdom from the philosopher Bertrand Russell. When asked what advice he’d give to future generations, he said this in 1959: ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

๐Ÿ’ฌ โ€œ๐‘ณ๐’๐’—๐’† ๐’Š๐’” ๐’˜๐’Š๐’”๐’†; ๐’‰๐’‚๐’•๐’“๐’†๐’… ๐’Š๐’” ๐’‡๐’๐’๐’๐’Š๐’”๐’‰. ๐‘ฐ๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’˜๐’๐’“๐’๐’…, ๐’˜๐’‰๐’Š๐’„๐’‰ ๐’Š๐’” ๐’ˆ๐’†๐’•๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’Ž๐’๐’“๐’† ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’Ž๐’๐’“๐’† ๐’„๐’๐’๐’”๐’†๐’๐’š ๐’Š๐’๐’•๐’†๐’“๐’„๐’๐’๐’๐’†๐’„๐’•๐’†๐’…, ๐’˜๐’† ๐’‰๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’•๐’ ๐’๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’ ๐’•๐’ ๐’•๐’๐’๐’†๐’“๐’‚๐’•๐’† ๐’†๐’‚๐’„๐’‰ ๐’๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“. ๐‘พ๐’† ๐’‰๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’•๐’ ๐’๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’ ๐’•๐’ ๐’‘๐’–๐’• ๐’–๐’‘ ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’‡๐’‚๐’„๐’• ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’”๐’๐’Ž๐’† ๐’‘๐’†๐’๐’‘๐’๐’† ๐’”๐’‚๐’š ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ๐’” ๐’˜๐’† ๐’…๐’๐’โ€™๐’• ๐’๐’Š๐’Œ๐’†. ๐‘พ๐’† ๐’„๐’‚๐’ ๐’๐’๐’๐’š ๐’๐’Š๐’—๐’† ๐’•๐’๐’ˆ๐’†๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“ ๐’Š๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’˜๐’‚๐’š.

๐‘ฉ๐’–๐’• ๐’Š๐’‡ ๐’˜๐’† ๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’•๐’ ๐’๐’Š๐’—๐’† ๐’•๐’๐’ˆ๐’†๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“, ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’๐’๐’• ๐’…๐’Š๐’† ๐’•๐’๐’ˆ๐’†๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“, ๐’˜๐’† ๐’Ž๐’–๐’”๐’• ๐’๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’ ๐’‚ ๐’Œ๐’Š๐’๐’… ๐’๐’‡ ๐’„๐’‰๐’‚๐’“๐’Š๐’•๐’š ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’‚ ๐’Œ๐’Š๐’๐’… ๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’๐’๐’†๐’“๐’‚๐’๐’„๐’†, ๐’˜๐’‰๐’Š๐’„๐’‰ ๐’Š๐’” ๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’”๐’๐’๐’–๐’•๐’†๐’๐’š ๐’—๐’Š๐’•๐’‚๐’ ๐’•๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’„๐’๐’๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’–๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’๐’‡ ๐’‰๐’–๐’Ž๐’‚๐’ ๐’๐’Š๐’‡๐’† ๐’๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’‘๐’๐’‚๐’๐’†๐’•.โ€ ๐Ÿ’ฌ

Thanks for reading! Let me know if you found this helpful! โค๏ธ

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