Perfect vision is 20/20. Looking at something clearly and representing both sides is 20/20. This year was expected to come in like the Roaring Twenties by some of us. Get your fashion polished, your music rocking, party down, enjoy life.

2020 did not get the memo. I can see that persona looking at 2019, which we thought we would get the better of in 2020, and grinning, saying, 2019 just watch closely now because it is going to get real.

The coronavirus came in early, and it wanted large portions of our populations. It was not content with one locale; no, it became a worldwide pandemic. Its effects go so much further than the lives it has stolen. The economic ramifications are apt to last several decades. We have learned to live in isolation, but that is not really a rational way. We crave companionship, touch, conversation. So much we have been robbed of in our lives over these months.

In the USA, we are now facing riots, mobs, caused by the ongoing abuse of power by sectors of government, most particularly police brutality and use of lethal force against minorities. There is still a pandemic, and people are taking to the streets to protest. The protest is justified. Damage of property and bodily injury, not so much. However, I do understand the frustration, and if anything can end the injustice, that too may be justified. I worry for those on both sides of the stand-offs.

I am praying for the world. I am writing from my heart. I want to see every life cherished and loved. I want every person, everywhere, to feel that they are worthy and have a future. We are all precious and Black Lives Matter. Prejudice, violence, bullying have no place in our world. We are human, and all of us are creations of God.

The idea that this could have been a year for dressing up and enjoying the company of others, 2020, still sticks in my head. I hope that at some point soon, that may become our reality.

God bless us all. May each one of us stay safe and be guided by love in our dealings. May the coronavirus disappear from Earth, or we find treatments and vaccines. For everyone who is discriminated against may several come forward to ease their plight. May we watch our words and actions and do those things that convey love, kindness, tenderness, compassion to each one we encounter.

I do not often come here with current events. My heart aches, and I must speak out. I am concerned that things may grow worse if we do not try to make a difference.

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan – 2020

2020.06.01 Aquatic shot

My Hope

I support life, people doing what they like, and living lives that please them as long as they interfere with no one else. I recommend love because I believe we are in this world together to be gentle, kind, generous, and caring toward one another. I believe our differences make us unique and should be embraced and celebrated. We are all the children of God, and He makes no mistakes. I think freedom should extend to everyone, no matter who, where, what, how, when, we live.

When things go out of control, and people are injured, killed, mistreated, it hurts my soul. I cry for the loss. I want to fix it, make it right, take the place of someone hurting. I am not able, but I pray, and I write. I try to bring the message that all of us are precious to the attention of others. I hope each person knows they are worthy, that they were created in love.

There are cruelty and injustice in our world, but each of us must stand for freedom and love. The little things, like letting someone ahead in line, opening a door, saying a kind word to someone who is working hard to help, being a positive force in a world of depression and despair. These things will not end the problem immediately, but if enough of us do them over time, through space, the force for goodness will build, and there will gradually begin to be a change.

We must try, or at some point, the human race will self-destruct. We must catch ourselves when we think of being rude, and instead be kind. If we start to lose our temper, we must govern ourselves and instead be calm. If we see someone hurting, we must step up and offer comfort. This world will not change through our giving in to baser emotions. This world, every human being, the planet, needs attention, compassion, and love. We need to fight the darkness and light up the dim places.

We are the change, you and me. We cannot wait on another to step up, because they may not have our heart. They may not think it is doable. We can, I know we can. Good people working together in love can start a revolution that blankets the world with such tenderness that cruelty, neglect, depression, suicide, violence, hate cannot continue. I urge you to be love in the world. We are the world, and we must make it safe for living. Only you and I have the power to do it and we must exert the force of love to make a better situation for everyone, everyone.

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan

My New Normal

I cannot really say a lot, but I will say things have changed and I believe for the better. I have a computer that works so well I can do creative work I have only dreamed of before. I have been to Wal-Mart, where I had quit going because I was afraid; a few times. Today, I was given a gift, picture below. I went to MicroCenter and got a new holster for my phone because mine was three years old and worn out.

Someone cares enough to talk to me regularly, I get hugs, and I do not know, we shall see.


The Wealth Of You

Yesterday has faded past,
The present not long shall last,
Tomorrow’s promise may not hold fast;
So be faithful to live in every moment
Meet each challenge with courage
Share your love as if the world depends
Upon the outcome of all you do,
Because dear one you are meant
To be a blessing, many dreams come true.
Walking where we have
Never explored before we
Meet ourselves maybe
In a freedom prior unknown
Understanding depths unseen.
© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan – 2020

Inquiry Into Idiosyncrasy

Sometimes I wonder
Being a curious sort,
Do we know people
Or do we know them only
As we imagine they are?

The explanation
Of how we wrap others up
In our thoughts, hopes, dreams,
May explain relationships
Being awkward to maintain.

When the hologram
Stored with mental notes in mind
Is inaccurate
Compared to the true person
Acting out in present time –

Worlds begin to clash
Configurations may crash,
Curtains pull away
We are all left gaping on
The bare stage; reality.

Perhaps endeavor
To better acquaint ourselves
With who we may be;
Encourage others to see
Us in actuality.

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan

2020.05.28 Rain Coated Bloom

As a prompt, can you relate something out of the future or fiction to some mundane question and create a work that embodies it? There, you have your assignment, go multiply your thoughts, and enhance your talents.