Stunningly gorgeous, Marielle Franco could have easily grasped her physical beauty/wellness and lived out her days as a model or in some other occupation that idolizes outward beauty. Undoubtedly her days would have been much longer than the 38 years worth of days her life was afforded as a social justice and wellness advocate and politician.
But, that would have never worked for her and who she was to be.
You see, each of has a life matrix that when optimized allows us to be well, and subsequently healthy. And while we each need every dimension of wellness (occupational, social, intellectual, financial, emotional, environmental, spiritual, and physical) to have some kind of balance in order to be healthy, no two people's matrices (or matrixes) are exactly the same-not even twins. Councillor Franco's matrix , therefore, required that she seek not only her own social wellness, but the social wellness and its equity for the the people most frequently marginalized-LGBT community, favela (poor, shanty towns of Brazil) inhabitants. and blacks/mixed race citizens.
Those that are perceptive enough will realize that the history and present day of Brazil and the United States have served to create an almost identical caste-like system that metes out access to health and ability to create wellness according to a complex mixture of race and class.
But Marielle Franco, herself a child of Brazil's deep-rooted discrimination, violence, and fractionated communities, navigated her way to her own wellness, health and power.
Franco was a rarity in Brazilian politics: a powerful black woman.
And a powerful woman is someone and something that many, sometimes, even other women, struggle with.
The day before her (Franco's) death, she mourned the loss of Matheus Melo, a young black favela resident who was shot while coming out of a church with his girlfriend, just the latest victim of the multifront conflict among drug traffickers, militias and police in Rio state that has left casualties on all sides. “How many more people need to die before this war ends?” Franco tweeted.
The next day Marcella Franco was assassinated .
Her killers have not been caught. But the federal prosecutor’s office in Rio says that the evidence, including the highly professional killing, points to a hit by corrupt police officers.
It's unlikely that Marielle's killers will ever be found or that they will confess. But truthfully, even if they were to confess or be found, it's really the (political) environment that refuses to tolerate an outspoken woman of color representing the rights of all people, that stole the life force of
Marielle Franco, July 27, 1979-March 14, 2018
How many more MARIELLE FRANCOs, how many more PEOPLE need to die before this war ends?
We only dispense wellness because wellness is the key to health, and health opens the door to life.
#mariellepresente #sayhername #hojeesempre #socialwellness #health #life
Our inability to see (or refusal to admit) that chronic diseases are:
among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems
is key in what separates us from wellness and health.
"Telling people, as I was told by my doctor, that depression is caused by a problem in your brain is, firstly, untrue and it is also really problematic because it cuts people off from finding the real causes of their depression and anxiety. We’ve been telling ourselves this chemical story for 35 years and every year depression and anxiety gets worse."
To stop illegal drug use, we typically punish, isolate and shame addicts. Journalist Johann Hari explains how these methods perpetuate addiction, and how human connection can be an effective antidote.
I am certain that February 14th 2018 will become a pivotal day in the history of the U S. As a visionary, an earth angel, and wellness facilitator-advocate, I have felt this coming for some time, now. Those of us similarly appointed and gifted surely agree-understanding that good must rise out of bad, challenging, perhaps even evil. Believe me, I know what I am talking about, because it's been happening to me. Many times I found myself saying, what the frankfurter (WTF) (teehee) and similar as I tried to navigate the seemingly endless losses, betrayals, and b.s. that lined the inside of close to three years.
Maya Angelou, 1928-2014, is frequently quoted-when you know better, you do better. And when I realized that as a western-trained pharmacist, simply dispensing medication did little to create health, I knew that I would have to figure out a way to actually do better. Not even certain it could be done, the serendipity of the loss of everything familiar (Quest Physics) and the belief (though questioned frequently) that all is for reason allowed me to experience much of what contributes to disease, unhealthiness, and lack of wellness. After all how do you speak to anyone, help anyone facilitate their own wellness, when you have no clue what it feels like to be homeless, jobless, scared out of your gourd, and continually considering opting out early from life? Many times I laid in my bed or reclined the seat in my car when I didn't have a bed, and just prayed to Great Spirit, remembering, of course, to say thank you for all good and challenges, but also asking that if I was to be one to lead transformation in the way health is measured and delivered, let me be be effective, strong with a voice-not just for a group of people, but for everyone.
I wouldn't say the night is over; but, I feel positive that the evening before light is present. We would be well-advised to remember that we will continue to have challenges in life, though. I remember my mother reminding me that as there are valleys, there are also hills. (Dang mommy, that can make for a bumpy ride I replied-to which I got the side eye and caution not to be too fresh, lol! But she was right-ups and downs, downs and ups-life)
This Valentine's Day, February 14th, Nikolas Cruz walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL and turned his terror from much of his 19 years onto his former classmates and teachers, killing 17 and injuring 14. I express deepest sympathies to the all of the families and friends of the injured and deceased. There are just no words adequate enough to express the grief, the terror, the loss.
But, in truth, there were 327,192,385 victims (the U S population on February 14, 2018 according to Population Clock) on that day. The failure of so many systems, organizations, individuals to see, act, coordinate on behalf of what Nikolas Cruz had been clearly saying and acting out for years, cannot be ignored. each of us know that one problem is rarely the result of just one issue-rather it's due to multiple failures-including the drugs that had been prescribed for autism spectrum disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
I have much respect for the students that marched to Broward County Federal Courthouse today, declaring, "We Want Change." It's clear even to the unsighted, especially in light of more than 400 people being shot in over 200 school shootings since Sandy Hook, that gun violence, and school shootings cannot be ignored. As Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School junior Kai Koerber said, "We're all here because we need to strive for change."
Unless, however, we get to the bottom of the pervasive unhealthiness and lack of (social, environmental, financial, occupational, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical) wellness, lack of access to health care (not sick care), the 80/20 (Pareto distribution of income) ratio, and so many other gaps and lacks in social justice, environmental assaults, lack of transparency in all of business, government, racism, gentrification... gun reform will be only a band-aid and a soiled one at that. Transformation, change will happen when we fix all that is ailing our collective.
We have to get this right, before there is no time left. It sounds a bit corny; yet, if we could only put a little love and empathy in all of our steps, at every level, at every profession (is what I do or am doing harmful to another, for example) we could be all that we are supposed to be individually and for each other.
Let's be vigilant before we have to be.
No matter which one. They are all inappropriate.
But at least you can hide in high grass.
There are times that before you even ask a question, you already know the answer.
This is such a time.
Q: Do sexual harassment training videos work?
A: Assuming that "work" means change behavior of grown people that feel licensed to violate another's personal space with inappropriate conduct and uninvited lewdness...then the answer is clearly and absolutely not. No.
But we already knew that.
Yet, in holding fast to our "3rd dimension sensibility locks," we give away our understanding of the severity of turning a blind eye to "...taking her furniture shopping...and because he's a star, he's able to kiss any woman he wants and grab them by the pussy" type of behavior.
You see, it's not even a question of whether these sexual harassment training videos "work." They shouldn't even be considered a tool in the arsenal against such behaviors. Grown folks ought know that the only time pussy grabbing is acceptable is in the privacy of the space of two consenting adults.
Considering that The Council of Europe 's Underwear Rule is taught to children between the age of 3-7, pussy grabbing at age 71 (or even at 58 years of age when the lewd comment was captured on tape) is unacceptable.
Yes, we already know the solution. Teach, model, and expect appropriate behavior at all times, beginning at age 3-give or take. So like Einstein indicated and like our higher level of consciousness and healthy selves dictates, it's the questions that we need to examine, consider, and take take time to ponder. We already know the answer.
Well. This just in-perhaps, there is an option growing for baby boomers displaced through ageism or by retirement No matter-reinvention by returning to college via an advanced career initiative fellowship has taken root at the the University of Minnesota’s Advanced Careers initiative. And there are more programs growing according to Baby Boomers Looking for Reinvention Try College—Again.
“There are 10,000 baby boomers retiring every day and we need them; we can’t let them just be on the sidelines.”
(Let's Do It Again , written by Curtis Mayfield and performed first by the Staple Singers in 1975, was part of the soundtrack for the Bill Cosby/Sidney Poitier movie of the same name, Let's Do It Again.)
Stanford Opens School For Retirees Who Don't Think A Career Ends At 50
Advanced Leadership (Harvard)
5 Popular Second Careers for Baby Boomers
Phyllis E. Moen, Sociology, UMN
Phillip Pizzo,MD | Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute
“Since the 11th century, universities have focused on young people. Now, with longevity being what it is, we need to expand the role to lifelong learning and intergenerational learning and teaching.”
Takeaway: Advanced Career Initiatives/fellowships may be the answer for baby boomers to reinvent or start a new career. This sector of 55+ folks have been traditionally marginalized and cast aside. Though the price point may be an issue, it's worth a look, particularly if income and family aren't issues of first concern. #socialwellness #emotionalwellness #intergenerationalteachingandlearning #advancedcareerinitiatives
It's not smart that people who can make great contributions to the life of Pennsylvania economically, socially, or however, that they have to hide in the shadows. -Gov. Tom Wolf, D-PA
Reportedly 70% of Pennsylvanians support legislation providing same protections for the LGBT community; yet, Pennsylvania remains the only northeastern U.S. state without a law that protects LGBT community from discrimination despite Gov. Wolf's October 2017 urging of the PA General Assembly to pass bipartisan legislation that extends anti-discrimination protections for LGBT individuals.
Accepting the eight dimensions of wellness as necessary for health, it is readily seen how the LGBT community of PA and other states that still discriminate against LGBTs, effectively impair LGBT basic human rights while contributing, ultimately, to the lack of their wellness.
Yet, NO one has the right to impair another's wellness .
The key to health is wellness.
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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
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