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The Price of American Lives in March of 2020

Apparently valuing human life more than money is now a political view. Read that again: the sanctity of human life as driven by our biology and as literally directed by God is up for debate in 2020.

Our President has changed his mind about COVID-19 and not for the health and safety of American citizens. First, it was a terrible disease that required people to sacrifice and stay home, but now the country should be back open for business by Easter for the economy’s sake. This about-face occurred after reports that some of his business locations closed and his company was now facing financial hardship. Suddenly, our economy became more important than American lives, including our cherished elderly, healthcare workers, civil servants, and many others. The re-branding of this callous message is that the ‘inevitable’ collapse of the US and world economies will cause more death and suffering than following in China’s or Italy’s footsteps with COVID-19. I call bullshit.

As a nurse, I will go to work to provide care for others and consider it not only an honor, but a calling. I am also acutely aware of reports of American medical professionals, young and old, who have died or are in critical condition after caring for COVID-19 positive patients. Nurses are trained to understand disease pathology and epidemiology, giving us the discernment to understand that COVID-19 is most definitely not the flu and is a true emergency of drastic proportions. This medical training is helpful to make an educated judgement, but anyone with internet access can see the media coming out of other countries affected by this virus. This virus turns hospitals into apparent war zones rather than places of healing, which will worsen and intensify if the President pushes through policy based on egocentric desires for economic self-preservation.

Never more than today have I missed President Obama and the security I felt having a rational, progressive leader in the White House. Never more than today have I been concerned for the moral compass of our great country. Never more than today have I looked upon my daughter’s face and hoped that this current trial will not be the one that separates us.

For those who doubt that God commanded us to value human life, open the Good Book and see for yourself, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35

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Someone Said it Better

As a writer, I often get the gist of something and am compelled to re-explain it from my perspective. A few times in my life and again recently, I had the joy of reading the work of another writer and all I wanted to do is either read more or share what they wrote. The book I am introducing has my wholehearted recommendation. I will not go on because Cheryl Strayed said it better when she wrote Brave Enough. Here is the book on Amazon and also on GoodReads; check it out, enjoy, and feel free to comment below.

This is Amanda Marie and reading this book is an idea for a good time on earth.

If you buy the book after clicking on the Amazon link, I receive funding. This is my otherwise unpaid, unadulterated, and unsolicited opinion. 

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Step into the Light

A close friend eloquently paraphrased an idea I was fumbling to articulate, “I won’t turn down my light for you.”  To do this, brace yourself, step into the light, take a deep breath, and take up some space.  Accept the good things life has to offer.

Imagine a small child cowering in a shaded corner, arms crossed and shoulders hunched, protecting their little neck from assaults imagined and real.  The compassion you feel and encouragement you lend them is true, now realize that child is you.

It is wonderfully simple and immensely challenging to see yourself as the child, worthy and resilient; Love yourself.

I am open to the good things life has to offer, I am enough, and the question is not a matter of what I can handle.  The question is how gracefully I will handle the opportunities that life presents to me.

This is me, Amanda Marie, stepping further into the light, unafraid of being seen and this is an idea for a fulfilled time on Earth.

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For a delight in bustling about is not industry – it is only the restless energy of a hunted mind.

-Seneca (Letters from a Stoic, Book I, Letter III)

Bustling about

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Reverence

Often we are inspired by great thinkers of another time.  Do you wonder who they were, how they lived, or how they came to be referenced generations and centuries later?  To help others come to reasonable conclusions regarding how to live well, meanwhile living well oneself, is a worthwhile endeavor of any time.  Those great and called upon writers of times long past were just humans who took time to think, write, and reach people.  It matters less that they are revered than they are worth revering.

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“Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.”

-Aristotle

“Education is a…

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