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.
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