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Who is Your Enemy?

Justin Walter 17. The Seventeenth Year iStock New Articles News and Society_And More News and Society_World Pandemic

Things have changed drastically over the past couple of years and this week, once again, another turn in the road has appeared.  I have been surprised as I listen to clients, friends, and family who each have their own idea about who or what has caused the problems in our country.  Who do you blame? The virus – Any illness that can be spread throughout a population is scary! The COVID-19 shut down the whole world!  Now numbers are being released stating that approximately 97% who contract it don’t die from it and less than 1% of Canada’s population have...

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Emergency Measures

Justin Walter 17. The Seventeenth Year iStock New Articles News and Society News and Society_And More News and Society_World Pandemic

According to the Justice Laws Website of the Government of Canada, the Emergencies Act is: An Act to authorize the taking of special temporary measures to ensure safety and security during national emergencies and to amend other Acts in consequence thereof The Emergencies Act written by the Canadian Parliament received royal assent in 1988 and has never been used until this week.  It differs from the War Measures Act in two ways.  First of all, declaration of an emergency must be reviewed by parliament and secondly, any temporary laws made under the act must consider the Canadian Constitution, Charter of...

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Freedom

Justin Walter 17. The Seventeenth Year New Articles News and Society News and Society_World

Do you ever have the lyrics of a song stuck in your head?  This week, I have been thinking about the words of the song “Me and Bobbie Mcgee” and what they really mean.  Two of the lines form a riddle that need thought to untangle: Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose, And nothin' ain't worth nothin' but it's free,   I have also been challenged this week while watching a podcast where Jordan Peterson interviewed the former Prime Minister of Newfoundland and Labrador, Brian Peckford.  Mr. Peckford is the last living member of the committee who...

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A Message of Hope

Justin Walter 17. The Seventeenth Year iStock New Articles News and Society News and Society_World Self Improvement Self Improvement_Personal Growth Self Improvement_Positive Attitude

In the 1982 musical “Annie” the star of the show sang a very positive song that started with the following words:  The sun will come outTomorrowBet your bottom dollar that tomorrowThere’ll be sun.Now that’s faith that offers hope to listeners! During the past two years it seems that some people have forgotten that message.  They have been so imprisoned by fear and confusion that they’ve lost their perspective.  Mixed messages combined with inconsistent and changing restrictions have led to questions about who to trust and what to do. It’s been a tough time for everyone.  Some have faced illness, death...

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What Stage are you In?

Justin Walter 16. The Sixteenth Year iStock New Articles News and Society News and Society_World Pandemic

To state that the last few months have been unusual would be a severe understatement.   The world has never, as a whole, experienced the challenges caused by the pandemic. I have noticed that people are in different stages and tend to move from one to another.   Here are some of the categories that you might find your loved ones or yourself in: Fear – When we first heard about the pandemic and the catastrophic consequences that it could bring, everyone was fearful! Part of the problem was the “unknown”.   We didn’t know if or how it would affect us at...

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Respect

Justin Walter 16. The Sixteenth Year iStock New Articles News and Society News and Society_World

The word “respect” has different meanings and can be used in different ways.  Some refer to respect as admiration for a person because of their skills, qualities or achievements   Others use the word when describing relationship and how individuals treat each other.  The bottom line, I believe is that respect is about accepting others for who they are and what they believe even if you don’t agree.  Now this doesn’t mean that you have to move into agreement or put up with repeated messages that wear you down and kill your spirit. Having mutual respect always requires healthy boundaries. I...

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Are You Worried?

Justin Walter 16. The Sixteenth Year iStock New Articles News and Society News and Society_World Pandemic Self Improvement Self Improvement_And More

Over the past months there has been a great deal of fear and confusion associated with the COVID-19 and how legislators are dealing with it.  Some parts of the world are completely locked down by government officials while others have had very few restrictions.  Mixed messages abound regarding the importance of wearing masks and taking shots.  Some medical officials state these are vital while others claim they are experimental and even dangerous The media is quick to offer statistics and also to threaten consequences for those who do not comply with recommendations.  “Talking heads” who dominate twenty-four-hour television often speculate...

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May Long Weekend

Dr. Linda Hancock 16. The Sixteenth Year Home and Family Home and Family_Holidays Home and Family_Holidays_Victoria Day New Articles News and Society News and Society_World Pandemic

Well, we are in pandemic lockdown again but that doesn’t change the dates on the calendar.   No matter what happens, one of the favourite holidays, May long weekend with soon be here. Many people look forward to this date for a number of reasons.   Which one would apply to you?” CAMPING – When the weather is nice it is fun to head for a vacation spot with family and gear.   Perhaps a boat, kayak or bikes will add fun to the few days away from home.   And of course, there will be barbecue foods and marshmallows to roast. ROYAL FAMILY...

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Spiderman

Dr. Linda Hancock 16. The Sixteenth Year iStock New Articles News and Society News and Society_World Pandemic

  Most people like superheroes and one of the most popular is Spiderman. This month I have been thinking about the tagline for this cartoon character spiderman that states “With great power comes great responsibility”.   What an idea to ponder!    Now that we are in even more restrictions due to the pandemic threat than in the past few weeks, all of us in society have more responsibilities to fulfill.   Political and health officials are responsible to decide when and how to limit interaction between individuals while, at the same time, weighting how the economy and mental health of their...

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Mad, Sad or Glad?

Dr. Linda Hancock 16. The Sixteenth Year iStock News and Society News and Society_World Pandemic

Is water good or bad?   It depends on what you do with it.   You can wash your hair, have a drink or drown in it.

Is fire good or bad?   It depends on what you do with it.   You can cook your meal, heat your home or burn your house down with it.

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What's Going On?

Dr. Linda Hancock 16. The Sixteenth Year iStock News and Society News and Society_World Pandemic

A few years ago, I had the thrill of visiting Washington, D.C.   A “Hop-on-hop off” tram took me around the city while the driver served as tour guide.   What a thrill to see the places that I had only viewed previously on television.   I went to Congress, the Ford Theatre (where President Lincoln was shot), the Lincoln Memorial and stood in front of the White House.

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Loving During a Pandemic

Dr. Linda Hancock 16. The Sixteenth Year Home and Family Home and Family_Holidays Home and Family_Holidays_Valentines Day iStock News and Society News and Society_World Pandemic

  It is almost impossible to stage a traditional Valentine’s Day outing when everyone is locked up or wearing masks and distancing at least six feet apart.   The days of fancy dinners in exotic locations are out of reach.   But that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy and show love if you are willing to be creative and wise.    Let’s examine the three psychological aspects of love: Thoughts – So many times I have been touched by individuals who tell me that they have been thinking about me.   What a compliment!   Someone who invests time and energy into reviewing...

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Foolish Questions

Dr. Linda Hancock 16. The Sixteenth Year iStock News and Society News and Society_World Pandemic

I remember years ago hearing a silly song that was written and recorded by Johnny Cash in 1984.   Most of us can relate to the first two lines which are: “Well now you've all been asked foolish questions and I think that you all know That you're bound to run into them most, most anywhere you go.” I highly recommend that you find the lyrics and even a recording as the song will put a smile on your face. Throughout the years, I have also heard people say that there aren’t any stupid questions and that it is important to...

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Loneliness

Dr. Linda Hancock 16. The Sixteenth Year iStock News and Society News and Society_World Pandemic Self Improvement Self Improvement_Personal Growth

Winter can be a difficult time, especially when the weather steals our freedom.   It isn’t easy to travel when the roads are icy and the temperatures are plummeting.  Many people are afraid of falling and are therefore indoors more. The pandemic that began in 2020 has brought with it a number of restrictions that tend to isolate people.  Those who I have found to be most vulnerable are seniors who live in their homes.  They don’t have the advantage of interacting with others personally and frequently do not have computer skills to reach out.   Unlike those who live in a...

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Mary's Story

Dr. Linda Hancock 15. The Fifteenth Year Home and Family Home and Family_Holidays Home and Family_Holidays_Christmas News and Society News and Society_World Pandemic

We have had quite a year!   No one ever could ever have predicted the way that our whole world would change in a matter of just a few months.   Each of us thinks that our circumstances are so unusual and have never happened before. I have been thinking a lot about Mary, the mother of Jesus, and how she experienced so many parallels to us.  She must have felt similar to how we are feeling.   Ponder this: Shock – Imagine the shock when this teenaged girl found out that she was pregnant and yet hadn’t been with a man. We...

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Adversity Builds Strength

Dr. Linda Hancock 15. The Fifteenth Year News and Society News and Society_World Pandemic

There is an old expression that states: “Experience is what you wish was happening to the other guy!”.  None of us like to go through difficult times. Everyone states they want to enjoy good health but really don’t want to invest the time and energy needed to embrace it.  Finding the motivation to exercise can be an ongoing battle.  We know that going to a gym or taking a long walk when we have been sedentary, will cause sore muscles!  Learning to cook and planning menus will provide good, nutritious meals that actually are less expensive than eating out or...

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I Live in my Bubble

Dr. Linda Hancock 15. The Fifteenth Year News and Society News and Society_World Pandemic

Some people live lives that are like a football field.   They let everyone run all over them and then throw Gatorade on them at the end of the fourth quarter.  They are worried about the opinions of others – even people that they don’t know.   Unfortunately, their desire to please can leave them feeling resentful, knowing that they have worked to get everyone else’s needs meet while theirs are neglected. Others live as though they are surrounded by those big grey cement blocks that are used for building schools and hockey rinks.   They are so protective of themselves that they...

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Rights and Responsibilities

Dr. Linda Hancock 15. The Fifteenth Year News and Society News and Society_World Pandemic

I have never had any desire or intention to hijack or blow up an airplane.  Before boarding, however, I remove my jacket, take off my shoes, put my laptop in a tray and submit to other security procedures.  You see, I understand that someone else might want to blow up or hijack the plane.  It is my right to fly but my responsibility to participate in safety measures. I have a license that gives me the right to drive but also the responsibility to drive safely. Each of us has many, many other rights and responsibilities as citizens and individuals...

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Beliefs Drive Our Behaviours

Dr. Linda Hancock 15. The Fifteenth Year iStock News and Society News and Society_World Pandemic Self Improvement Self Improvement_And More

When a baby elephant is born, those in charge use a chain around one of its legs and a stake in the ground to limit its ability to roam.  Over time, even though the elephant grows to more than 5,000 pounds and has considerable strength, it has a belief that it cannot move beyond what the length of the chain allows.   It has been conditioned. As humans, we also are conditioned.   In childhood we are influenced by our parents who may pass on ideas that aren’t even rational – yet we believe what they say – even into adulthood at...

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Common Sense

Dr. Linda Hancock 15. The Fifteenth Year iStock News and Society News and Society_World Pandemic

A few weeks ago, I was doing a therapy session with a couple who was having a very loud argument.  The language was harsh, and they weren’t making any progress towards resolution of the issue. I jumped in with a piece of advice. The husband immediately turned to the screen and said “Linda, that is just too much like common sense.  I don’t know how to handle common sense because there isn’t any of it in the world anymore”.   Fortunately, we all laughed and that broke the tension. But what he said was also sad.  Common sense is NOT common,...

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Confusing Questions

Dr. Linda Hancock 15. The Fifteenth Year iStock News and Society News and Society_World Pandemic

There have been so many changes in our world this year and I frequently have questions that do not seem to have clear answers.  I wonder if you are also confused about things. Here are some topics that I have been pondering: PANDEMIC SEVERITY – I told you previously that I was very ill in January but that was before we started testing for COVID-19, so I really don’t know if I had it. I am confused about why some areas were hit very hard by the number of cases while others were not.  Statistics are being questioned by many...

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Conspiracy Versus Truth

Dr. Linda Hancock 15. The Fifteenth Year iStock News and Society News and Society_World Pandemic

In the past few weeks, I have been hearing a lot about “conspiracy theories” and “conspirators” so thought I would see if I could get a better understanding of what these terms mean. The Merriam-Webster dictionary states that a conspiracy theory “explains an event or set of circumstances as the result of a secret plot by usually powerful conspirators”.  Sounds to me like the stuff mystery novels are based upon.  Joy in the reading comes from seeing the “secrets” revealed as the plot develops and motivation of the characters is uncovered. Conspiracies are tied to beliefs that individuals hold.  I...

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Personal Choices in a World of Chaos

Dr. Linda Hancock 15. The Fifteenth Year iStock News and Society News and Society_World Pandemic

In the first week of January 2020 I became extremely ill from “something”.  My symptoms, which evidenced primarily between my chin and my waist were highly unusual and I didn’t believe that I had ever experienced anything so horrible in my life.  It was strange because I had been faithful in taking my vitamins, had my flu shot and made sure that I always followed through with medical checkups for dental, physical and vision. My first response when I got sick was to follow health practices of the past which I had used for years to fight illness.  I went...

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Are Things Worse Than Ever?

Dr. Linda Hancock 15. The Fifteenth Year iStock News and Society News and Society_World Pandemic

I find it interesting to discuss the state of our world and how it has changed.  Some people believe that it has gotten far worse over time.  Others focus on positive advancements.  A third group blends aspects from both of these stances. Let’s try to put things into perspective by acknowledging a few concepts:   There has always been trouble in the world. Those who have studied the Bible know that evil appeared to Adam and Eve in the form of a talking snake.  Their two children, Cain and Abel got into an argument that resulted in murder.  Only one...

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It's Not All That Bad

Dr. Linda Hancock 15. The Fifteenth Year News and Society News and Society_World Pandemic

The pandemic that arrived in late 2019 seems to have frozen much of our world.  Since it arrived there have been school closures, significant economic ramifications, government regulations to self-isolate, and restricted travel.  An attitude for citizens consisting of fear and confusion due to mixed messages is also evident. But it is not all bad.  There are many things in the world, in fact, that have improved or shifted because of the pandemic:   Business Innovation – Many owners have adapted to non-contact restrictions by offering options for take out or delivery. Some even changed the products that they were...

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