Recrafting our World

Recrafting our World

dreams, rebirth

It’s impossible to avoid the news and impact of coronavirus.

I’ve progressed from denial to concern, to acceptance and opening to new ideas. I’ve been sick for the last few days wondering if I have the virus, flu, a cold, allergies, or am simply run down. I’m considering whether to go to a doctor and be tested for the coronavirus. The virus is forcing us to slow down and live differently, at least for a while, Maybe asking us to consider how we can become healthier, more resilient, and more helpful in a connected world. Here’s a related post I wrote about resiliency a few years ago called Happy or Resilient?  From that post; the essence of a good life is how well we pay attention, compassionately accept our situation, take action toward meaningful goals, learn from our choices, and move on, with as much trust and love as we can.

Now is a good time to nurture our souls and reflect on our lives. 

The time at home has given me the opportunity to reflect on my life, and how I might live closer to my credo. On a larger scale, it seems this virus is giving the world an opportunity to re-evaluate and change the way we live, work, produce, and distribute goods and services. Travel, work, food, and manufacturing may have to dramatically change. The good news is we could shift away from mindless consumerism, and begin living for higher purposes, mindful of our impact on other people and the planet. I’m seeing many wise souls share similar reflections about using this time to remember what is important. Clarifying and aligning with our priorities. Mine are love, family, friends, connecting, and helping one another. The pandemic has spread both fear and the virus, demonstrating how fast things can change in an interconnected world.

The key is how we respond to this new challenge. 


“All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting.
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way.
All over the world, people are waking up to a new reality.
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes, there is fear, but there does not have to be hate.
Yes, there is isolation, but there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes, there is panic buying, but there does not have to be meanness.
Yes, there is sickness, but there does not have to be disease of the soul.
Yes, there is even death, but there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic.
The birds are singing again.
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul and sing.”

-from Richard Hendrick (Brother Richard) in Ireland, March 13th, 2020

Stay open dear souls. Ask what you can do to help. Let’s be the change the world needs. Together we rise. 

#TogetherWeRise, #HelpTeam, #PandemicLove

85 thoughts on “Recrafting our World

  1. Get well Brad….Hope you just have a cold. I think the people most freaked out are those who haven’t taken the time to educate themselves and instead just drink in the garbage in the media spits out. Sad really….Stay in the light, think positive, don’t buy into fear and all will be well….Sending you prayers of healing. Fingers crossed. for you….VK 🙂

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      • This might be helpful Brad…A friend who is head of Emergency Room nursing sent it to me. Suprisingly it is filled with facts NOT fear for once. Good luck 🙂
        From member of the Stanford hospital board. This is their feedback for now on Corona virus: The new Coronavirus may not show sign of infection for many days. How can one know if he/she is infected? By the time they have fever and/or cough and go to the hospital, the lung is usually 50% Fibrosis and it’s too late. Taiwan experts provide a simple self-check that we can do every morning. Take a deep breath and hold your breath for more than 10 seconds. If you complete it successfully without coughing, without discomfort, stiffness or tightness, etc., it proves there is no Fibrosis in the lungs, basically indicates no infection. In critical time, please self-check every morning in an environment with clean air. Serious excellent advice by Japanese doctors treating COVID-19 cases: Everyone should ensure your mouth & throat are moist, never dry. Take a few sips of water every 15 minutes at least. Why? Even if the virus gets into your mouth, drinking water or other liquids will wash them down through your throat and into the stomach. Once there, your stomach acid will kill all the virus. If you don’t drink enough water more regularly, the virus can enter your windpipe and into the lungs. That’s very dangerous. IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT – CORONAVIRUS 1. If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold. 2. Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose. 3. This new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by a temperature of just 26/27 degrees. It hates the Sun. 4. If someone sneezes with it, it takes about 10 feet before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne. 5. If it drops on a metal surface it will live for at least 12 hours – so if you come into contact with any metal surface – wash your hands as soon as you can with a bacterial soap. 6. On fabric it can survive for 6-12 hours. normal laundry detergent will kill it. 7. Drinking warm water is effective for all viruses. Try not to drink liquids with ice. 8. Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes, but – a lot can happen during that time – you can rub your eyes, scratch your nose unwittingly and so on. 9. You should also gargle as a prevention. A simple solution of salt in warm water will suffice. 10. Can’t emphasis enough – drink plenty of water! THE SYMPTOMS: 1. It will first infect the throat, so you’ll have a sore throat lasting 3/4 days. 2. The virus then blends into a nasal fluid that enters the trachea and then the lungs, causing pneumonia. This takes about 5/6 days further. 3. With the pneumonia comes high fever and difficulty in breathing. 4. The nasal congestion is not like the normal kind. You feel like you’re drowning. It’s imperative you then seek immediate attention.

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  2. Thank you Brad for the lovely words and quote. Yes, it makes me ponder too, how a crisis always works as a catalyst for change, and as a mirror for truth – the deepest truth on ourselves, on what are deepest fears are, and how we face them. The deepest truth about life, on what is truly important. Love, unity, compassion, courage… Stay well! hope you feel better soon. Lots of vitamin C seems to be the most helpful! ♥

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  3. Take utmost care of yourself dear Brad and I loved your positive take on this virus that has taken our World at large like a big wave. All will be good and we all need to be giving lots of love and calmness in this moment and a prayer to Trust and keep Faith in He who knows what he is doing.

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  4. This is the perfect time for everyone to take a step back and reset their priorities. We need to remember what matters most in life. Hopefully, something positive will come out of all of this.

    Brad. I hope you are better now. The world needs people like you. I will pray for you my friend.
    Please take good care of yourself. 🙏

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  5. I believe that on the other side of this experience we will be living differently. I hope we can use this time of slowing down to reflect and learn then reach out to each other in love. You are doing this with your message. Thank you for sharing the poem too. Please take good care of yourself. The world needs your light.

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  6. Brad, I’m relieved to see in a comment that you were feeling better. I hope you are feeling happy and sassy today. Thanks for sharing those lovely words. “Open the windows of your soul and sing.” That took my breath away (in a good way). What a powerful, wonderful sentence. Hugs on the wing!

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  7. This touched me, Brad. All of it is truth. What if this pandemic actually is the major shift that the world so needs right now? What if people see the way we have treated our environment and the way we have treated our fellow beings is not the way that we COULD! I so want this to be over soon, I just hope that we all learn something from this time…something that can help to cure of world.
    Take good care of yourself, Brad. Don’t be paralyzed with fear, but be prudent.
    Much love ❤

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  8. I hope you weather whatever ails you, Brad, without too much discomfort. This is such a weird time, and yes, the lack of control and uncertainty is certainly disconcerting. I love your positive spin. And really, it’s the only way to go if we want a better future at the end of this virus. The words of Brother Richard are beautiful and remind us that we still do have choices. Sending you healing thoughts, my friend. ❤

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  9. Your personal adversity has prepared you for this Brad! Your wisdom shines through in every photo & in every word.. “Stay open dear souls. Ask what you can do to help. Let’s be the change the world needs. Together we rise.” Thank you for this. And thank you for being apart of my community. I am so grateful for you.

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  10. Brad, so good to be catching up after my own withdrawal for the chaos for a time… Your post is spot on in its advice and inspiration my friend.. Its wonderful to see you experiencing this in your positive Light dear Brad… There is hope that many more will do the same as they go within and reevaluate their own lives and what is really important…
    I have great hope that we shall come out the other side of this with a better understanding of who we are as we realign ourselves back in our positive time line of experiences…
    Much love your way dear Brad… Thank you for all you share, I feel the love you send in each and every word you write ❤ 🙏🌈

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  11. Wonderful post! I agree with everything you say. I believe this whole thing is shifting us away from consumerism, or at least many of us. Homesteading was already a growing trend, but I believe it will be huge now. I just ordered seeds from a person on eBay that said she had to give 10 days to fill the orders because there has been an overwhelming amount of orders that she can barely keep up with. Not that it’s all about gardening, but I think becoming more self-sufficient and/or supporting local organic farms rather than relying on big company systems is an important change that needs to be made among many others that this may be bringing about. Bartering may even become a thing – who knows, but this is definitely changing the way we’ve been living.

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  12. With social distancing in place, I have taken the time to reconnect with my children. I suffer from allergies, because I am sneezing all the time I have been in doors a lot. Lol one to many dirty looks my way when I sneeze and cough.
    Take care if yourself!

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  13. slowing down has been a huge message to me too brad. in so many ways i’ve had to become ever-present and mindful. i really hope all of this quiet time will have some inspiring surprises for us as a whole so that life will be more vibrant in all ways

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