The importance of protecting you

For many reasons in life, we are willing to sacrifice who we are as a person, to achieve things we desire. Most often we see this in social situations, I think we all know that person who’s interests and even their very personality changes based upon who they are dating. We all do this at some level, most commonly at work. I think almost all of us where a mask or two at work.

It’s an interesting dichotomy that exists in our society. We talk very much in this country about American individualism. We tell children to follow their dreams, that they can be anything they want. We have great little sayings like, let your freak flag fly. But do we really mean it? In fact, we look down on people who don’t conform to societies norms. We tell children chase your dreams, but it’s not too much longer before we start saying things like, you can’t make a living as an artist or any other none mainline gig and push our kids to be a lawyer, doctor or engineer.

Work may be the worst place of all. We are all in character almost all of the time. I was reminded of this recently in a workshop. The workshop involved talking about your childhood nickname, it’s origin and meaning in your life. At first I posted my actual childhood nickname, insane Kane. Then, quickly changed it to citizen Kane. You see even though this was a workshop where we were supposed to be dropping our walls and sharing deeply with each other, you know at work, you really can’t do that. You see there’s “professional life.” So in your “professional life,” you’re meant to be authentic, but only within certain boundaries. I watched several participants similarly pull their punches on their childhood nicknames by sanitizing their stories.

You see we love the fiction at every job that we’re one big family. That when we have meetings like this, that we often call retreats, that we are really sharing ourselves, growing closer and bonding. But the fact is we’re only comfortable with people sharing Leave it to Beaver-esque level stories. You can do some tragedy, a death in the family, a defect you outgrew, a mean-girl story. But if you had real hardship, if you took wrong turns in life, well those just make everyone uncomfortable.

You see at the end of the day, it’s only the special people in your life who are willing to take you as you really are, who won’t judge you for being different, that’s what makes them special. The fact is we all spend a lot of time wearing masks for the sole purpose of hiding the real person we are, because we don’t want to be judged, it’s a necessary but exhausting game.

So I have another workshop tomorrow, we’re supposed to do a narrative of the high and low points in our lives, those turning point moments. But were I too talk about the actual things that have happened in my life, I can’t even imagine the looks, the thoughts and the judgement I would face. I’ll be honest, at this point in life, I’m exhausted with the game. Exhausted by the pretense that we put forward that we want to know each other, when truly, for the most part, we really don’t. But we all know, except with those special people, you must play the game to protect the real you. ~ Rev Kane

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Desert Happiness

What makes the desert beautiful is that it hides a well. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I dealt with what they call languishing throughout the first 18 months of the pandemic, I’ve been making a real effort lately to jump start things. Particularly since work has been off the rails nuts. One of the things I had decided to do was to get more camping in this fall. There’s something cleansing about being in nature for a couple of days, I sleep really well when I’m camping. The one place that has become a surprising favorite of mine has become the desert. One of the many things my times at Burning Man has given me is a deep appreciation for the desert. Even more so desert mornings. There is little better than quiet desert mornings as the sun comes up. Cool, dry air, birds chirping, typically little to no wind and the world just seems calm and right.

So to satisfy missing my time in the desert at Burning Man and to do a little camping as I promised myself I would, I headed out to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. I was happily able to get into the campground on Thursday night before the weekend crowd rolled in. The first 24 hours were absolutely amazing, it was completely peaceful, I took a lovely easy two mile hike at sunset and made a friend.

I had been so excited about getting out of town I forgot a few things, and stopped on the way in to pick them up. Of course, as the sun went down I realized I also forgot my lantern. No worries, I had my flashlights and my headlamp. So as darkness fell I pulled them out and realized I had forgotten my batteries box as well. So all I had for light was my windup emergency flashlight. Luckily the market in town was open til 8PM and at 7:45 I cruised in to pick up batteries, let there be light. So I was fully geared up for the weekend following a really pretty sunset.

Day two found me up at dawn for the sunset pictured at the top of the post. I headed out early up into the mountains on a three mile hike up to real life desert oasis. It’s a hike I’ve done before, it’s not terribly challenging up through a number of canyons until suddenly brown and rocky turns into green and rocky with a little tiny oasis surrounded by lush palm trees. There are more pictures from the whole weekend at my Instagram account @reverendmichaelkane. The holy grail in Anza is to spot bighorn sheep and while there was a lot of sign on the trail, no bighorn. However, I did see my first bighorn sheep on this trip. As I was driving in I was slowly pulling into a vista pulloff and as I did I almost hit a female bighorn sheep. She was just five feet away and was absolutely beautiful, I was so excited to see her.

Once I was back from my hike I set up my hammock, it’s been so long since I’ve been in one of my hammocks, it had been warm the first night and I was annoyed I hadn’t set the hammock up as I would have absolutely slept in it the first night. After taking a nice little siesta after my hike I did my one standing ritual in Borrego Springs, I hit Pablito’s for their Spicy Enchilada Verde plate, they were delicious. Friday was such a beautiful day in the desert, overcast, about eighty degrees and the clouds started to breakup as the day went on and it gave me hope that I might have clearer skies for the Draconid Meteor Shower. Unfortunately they didn’t breakup enough, I saw only one meteor, but laying on a hammock, watching the skies, listening to music with a blazing fire pit made for a really fantastic evening!

I spent the rest of the weekend rolling up through California listening to football on the radio and doing a little exploring. Even found a Bigfoot.

Time in the desert always helps me clear my head, I’ve been completely off my game for the last two months, after this weekend I feel I’m more focused and ready to get back on track in a lot of ways. Definitely happy days this weekend, hope they were for you as well. ~ Rev Kane

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Don’t for the Simple Pleasures

Very often what it is that makes us happiest are the simplest things in life. One of those for me is the opportunity to have conversations with munchkins. I love the way toddlers think, they have not yet been jaded by the world, or even weighed down by normal logic. As part of my job I oversee a wonderful child development center with a great director and master teachers. So occasionally I get to pop over to the center and interact with the munchkins. Just last week I had the privilege of being run over by a Sponge Bob car.

I also have some munchkins in my personal life, my brother has three small children two, five and seven. I absolute love hanging out with them from the littlest who is completely in charge. Recently I point blank asked her who was the boss of the family, she without hesitation answered, “I am.” It was an answer everyone agreed with. Interacting with them doesn’t always mean they’re nice to me, her oldest brother actually thinks I’m not very bright. Whenever I say something intelligent he has this look on his face like, hmmm, how did the dumb guy figure that out, lol.

Often these simple things are also free, I’m a great fan of walking. From walks in the park to months long walking treks. Anytime I’m out walking I’m happy, anytime I post pictures of myself from my treks I seem to get comments about how happy I look in the image. I had a particularly happy walk this week, two good friends came through town and we walked along Pacifica Beach and out to Mori Point. Not a lot better than walking along the beach with good freineds as the marine layer comes into shore cooling things down, it was a wonderful walk with wonderful company.

Tonight a simple message, while yes, we want to work on the complicated and the big important things in our lives, don’t forget those simple pleasures that bring you so much happiness. ~ Rev Kane

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I Love the Fall

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ~ George Eliot

I love fall, there’s a smell on the air that always says to me it’s Fall. Sometimes I catch it on the wind before the official start, sometimes not until sometime after the official start of Fall. This year it happened right on schedule and so this weekend was the first weekend of Fall for me. I did some writing, watched some football but mostly I did some cooking. One of the the things I often make this time of year is gumbo, it’s the double bonus of a nice simmering pot on the stove and always puts my head in New Orleans.

Even the weather came in line this weekend, bright sunny days, cool, good sleeping nights. Life is always a bit better for me once the Fall arrives. My entire life this has been the time of year I spend the most time outdoors. Most people like the Spring or Summer, but I prefer the Fall. As such I’m heading out next week to the desert to do some camping, take in the Orionid Meteor Shower and just spend some time clearing my head.

A short post tonight, with no real message beyond revel in the times, the people and the things you love.

I’ll end with a funny story about the photo above. This is a shot I took on a campus I worked at about seven or eight years ago. It’s one of my favorite photos and was even published in USA Today. After I took the shot I decided to share it with friends who worked at the college. I sent an email with the subject “shot on campus this weekend.” Unfortunately in a world where school shootings are a reality, that particular subject line scared the hell out of people and they let me know, oops.

Enjoy the Fall the my friends. ~ Rev Kane

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Don’t lose the precious things

Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you. ~ Oscar Wilde

I wrote the poem below, Precious Things, last week and it’s what I want to talk about tonight. But I want to start by telling you about is a jade Buddha I bought in China. I have always loved two types of stone, jade and turquoise. I still haven’t found a turquoise piece that moved me enough to buy. However, when I was in China, I really wanted to find a jade Buddha. The one I ended up buying, I think more than anything else, I bought because of the way the salesperson talked about jade. He told me that if I buy a piece a jade I need to understand that jade is like a living thing, if it is ignored, it dulls and loses it’s value. As such, owning a piece of jade brings responsibility, it must be loved and polished regularly to keep is luster, quality and value.

I loved the way he talked about jade, it made me feel that the connection I always felt for that stone was a reflection of what the stone itself needs and in some way was asking for. It will now be obvious why I wrote about the feeling I was having the way I did.

Tonight I want to talk about the precious things in our lives. And yes, we have precious possessions, I have my jade Buddha, my Day of the Dead paintings, my Thankas, my grandfather’s rifle that he carried in World War 2 and my granny’s family bible. More important than those possessions though, are the precious relationships in our lives.

In our lives we have people that are incredibly dear to us. For many people, a lot of these people are the people that are closest to us both emotionally and geographically, people we see often. However, some are those who are emotionally close but geographically far away. This is especially accurate for a nomad like me. Those precious relationships are harder to take care of, it’s easy to let life get in the way and let weeks, months and sometimes even years go by. Regardless of near or far, we at times let life get in the way and we neglect these relationships. When we do, like precious jade, those relationships dull and begin to lose their value and worst of all can be lost altogether.

Not too long ago, I mentioned to my brother that I felt a bit like unpolished jade. As I mentioned in my post, nobody is happy all of the time, I recently went through a tough time, and some of the people who I support, who I felt like were precious people in my life, were not there for me. And this is where that feeling, and the poem came from.

So my message tonight is a simple reminder to pull open that drawer and polish your relationship jade. Make that call, write that letter, text or email, go visit that person and give them a hug. You’ll have happier days for the effort my friends. ~ Rev Kane

Precious Things                                                    9/15/21

We all have precious things
we keep them tucked away
hidden from the world
just for us
but sometimes
we neglect that which we love
not out of love lost
nor lack of caring
but because the world, our life
just gets in the way
we allow that which keeps us busy
to neglect that which is truly precious
it dulls
it fades
then losses its value
again found,
we wonder
how did this happen?
time goes on

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A Day of Rest

So, if you’ve been following this blog you know that recently I’ve been talking about some of the struggles I’ve been having. As I continue to climb out of the well of depression, there are simple things that I always do. Mostly these involve getting back to basics, making sure you are eating well (I’m getting there), make sure to exercise (doing good on this) and make sure you are getting enough sleep (I am).

Along with the basics one of the things I always try and do is give myself a pause, do something I enjoy and so that’s what this weekend was all about for me. I like watching football and am a die hard Pittsburgh Steeler fan. So this was a big weekend, week 2 of the college football season and week 1 of the NFL season. So I watched a lot of football this weekend and best part of all, the Steelers, who were underdogs against the Buffalo Bills, pulled out a most excellent victory on Sunday. It’s always a slightly better week when your team wins.

Another thing I truly enjoy is cooking and so this weekend I did a little cooking. Part of eating better is getting back to a more blood sugar friendly diet, so essentially reducing carbs. I’m easing back into it so one thing I made this weekend that will be serving as meals for the week is a chicken stew. Think chicken soup, thickened into a stew with potatoes, carrots, peppers, scallions and corn. Not the most blood sugar friendly dish but not terrible and really, really tasty. Tonight when I ate the first full bowl of it, it just needed something extra. What that extra turned out to be was cinnamon, adding a couple of dashes of cinnamon to that bowl was absolutely fantastic. For the first day that really feels like fall, it was perfect.

A little more blood sugar friendly dish I made for the week was my no noodle lasagna and it’s exactly what it sounds like. Meatballs, sausage, pepperoni, black olives, mushrooms with ricotta and mozzarella cheese and sauce of course. Baked up in the oven and just as satisfying as the lasagna with noodles. I typically add sun dried tomatoes but unfortunately I was out of them.

For the Steeler game I cranked up some typical game day snacks, and binged out on some buffalo wings, fried shrimp and tator tots with my last coke for a time.

I also took it easy this weekend, I worked out lightly and walked on Sunday, but I also slept in a bit and didn’t have any goals other than to take it easy. I also requested some vacation dates to do some camping in the Mojave in October during a meteor shower. All in all a nice mellow weekend and also why my typical Sunday post is coming out today on Monday.

So at a more general level, take care of basics, take it easy, breathe and do something that you enjoy and you’ll have a happier days my friends. ~ Rev Kane

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I Miss Burning Man

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Rev Kane in his first year at Burning Man

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru

So maybe because it’s the time of year that it normally happens, maybe it’s because I was in the Nevada desert last week and got the feel of the morning desert air. Maybe it’s because I’m feeling a bit trapped at the moment, a bit depressed, a bit judged. Whatever it is, although I’ll likely never go back if it happens again, I miss Burning Man.

For those of you who are unaware, Burning Man is a festival that typically takes place in the Nevada Desert outside of Gerlach, during the week leading up to Labor Day. It takes place on BLM land on an open desert patch known as the playa. It’s an amazing place, a festival that has been taking place for over thirty years, that has grown to an incredible near 100,000 people in the desert.

Burning Man is an amazing place, an ethereal city built out of and returned to the dust in about a two week period. Theme camps are built and provide the ultimate adult playground for a week. It’s a city and a culture that is beyond imagination, and truly is something that has to be experienced to be believed or understood. I’ve heard it, and described it, in a myriad of ways. It’s been described as a waking acid trip, and a naked pagan art festival in the desert.

But what I really miss about it is a couple of very specific things. First, I miss the ability to get completely out of my life for a week. Second, I miss the beauty of being in a place where no one is judged. As I’ve often said, if you look 360 degrees at Burning Man, you will never ever be the weirdest person, and if you are, I really want to meet you.

It’s a week, that while it’s hard desert camping, sometimes in extreme heat and heavy winds, it’s also an easy, stressless week where you can let things go. It can be a cathartic week in many ways.

For the last few years I’ve camped with Camp, Oh Know You Didn’t. The camp features a confessional bar, where you must confess a sin to get your first drink. The perfect place for a reverend to bartend. The stories that people tell are beyond your imagination, I promise you. But beyond the stories, there’s something magnificent about this set up. When you meet someone for the first time, and immediately confess a sin, you’ve bypassed all of the normal surface bullshit and small talk you usually engage in when you first meet. You immediately are talking at a deeper level and that makes for some truly spectacular conversations. I’ve had some of the best conversations of my life at that bar.

So I’m missing Burning Man this week, I’m missing freedom, community, deep connections with other humans in a place where I’ve never seen a fistfight, or an argument between anyone except people in a relationship and then even rarely. In our politically divided, Covid infested, literally burning world, it sure would be wonderful to step out for a week. ~ Rev Kane

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Nobody is happy all of the time

So I missed my Sunday night post for the first time in a quite some time. My apologies to those of you who look for that post on Sunday night or Monday morning. The fact is I was on the road to a funeral in Nevada. The thing is, the last 15 to 18 months are have been tough on all of us. It stacks up, COVID hits, work turned into a 70 hour a week marathon, you lose people to COVID. The pressure and stress get to everyone in one way or another. So in my job, I become the person who reaches out to the people I manage. Some were dealing, some were falling apart, so you get drained doing what you can for them. As a strong person, a person that many people come to when they are struggling, you get drained by being there for them. And after the last 15 to 18 months there has been a lot of that. I’ve been what they call languishing for some time. I’ve written about it here a bit.

This semester at the college has been, as predicted, the most difficult yet. We’ve seen an uptick in COVID case related quarantines and exposures, the faculty and staff have taken to laying a whole lot of blame on the deans, of which I’m one. The normal, half-joking “dark side” comments, have morphed into a full out regular assault at board meetings and anywhere else they can, to let everyone know how “evil” we are. There has been late and limited information that I need to do my job from above, my direct bosses are great, but above them, well, it’s been challenging.

I’m too far into my career, been doing this for too long, I’m worn out. Quite frankly, it’s time for me to find another gig. As a nomad I can tell you the Appalachian Trail is screaming my name right now, as is Antarctica, Scotland, New Zealand all of the places I’ve been or want to see are calling hard right now.

I’ve been blessed to have about three years of very little drama in my life, which has not been the norm in my existence. But the last year and a half has worn down my reserves and the last few weeks have felt like the universe decided to kick me while I’m down. I’ve fallen back into the well of depression for the first time in years. It’s at these times you find out important things about your world. As much as I’m their for so many people, you hope they’ll be there when you do need them. It’s partially my fault, when you take on so much on your own, people can forget that at times you need support as well. Times like this remind you of how alone you truly are in this life.

Now that’s all the bad news, there was definitely some good news in the last couple of weeks because there are some really good people in my life. Some of the people I manage bought me lunch for my birthday, a friend I grew up with and his wonderful family had dinner with me on my birthday. While in Las Vegas for the funeral, friends from New York had me to their house for dinner. That wasn’t the important part, it was the way I was greeted, both of them grabbed me and hugged me, they really and truly asked how I was doing, most importantly they meant it. We had a wonderful dinner and it was a great night. My brother and sister-in-law sent me a really amazing present, I got to Zoom with my littlest niece and nephews.

The other good news is that when I used to fall into this well, it was freefall and the walls of the well were smooth and black, there was no light, hitting the bottom hurt. Hitting the bottom hurt this time as well, the real difference though is the work I’ve done, mostly through writing the Ministry of Happiness. There’s a little light in the well today, and more importantly a ladder on the wall. For so long, when in the well I had no idea how to get out, that’s different now. I know the way out, this long weekend will give me the space to start that climb.

What I hope you take from this tonight is that since we all know these times will come, we have to understand how to be ready for them. We have to develop our own resiliency, whether that comes from building our own internal fortitude, or whether it comes from the careful building and nurturing of our support structures, even better doing both. Don’t wait until you’re in the well before you do the work, do the work now, and if you do that, you’ll sooner get back to happier days my friends. ~ Rev Kane

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A Critical Reminder

Forgive me tonight friends as I take a very circular route to get to where I want to go. About thirty years ago, Christ is it really thirty years?! I woke up one morning and headed for the kitchen in my apartment and there was a bum sleeping on my couch. I looked at him, he opened his eyes and said, “who the hell are you?” I replied, “I live here, who the hell are you?!” He smiled, “I liver here too.” That’s how I met my friend Keith, over the last thirty years we’ve certainly had some adventures, he’s one of the few humans who can truly get me to misbehave.

Turned out Keith, who’d just been deported from England, was my roommate Dan’s best friend from high school back in Las Vegas. Dan, being one of the nicest people I’ve ever met, had told him he could live on our couch. We would all go on to be roommates for a while, friends for much longer.

They must have done some kind of standardized testing in fourth grade because in fifth grade a couple of students got split out for advanced math work. There were three, the first two were of no surprise, everyone knew they were the smart kids. Hell one would eventually end up literally being a brain surgeon. I was the third and it was the start of a friendship that has grown and lasted for nearly fifty years. It started with John teaching me how to play chess, getting me into comic books and would continue through me being the best man in his wedding. He lived in the country and I was a street kid living with a single mom in the city. So we were school friends and in some ways led very different lives. As we got into high school he was a nerd, did his smart kid school thing and went home, collected comics, read, went to movies. I was a chameleon, during the day in class I was a nerd, after school I played a varsity sports in all three seasons, at night and outside of school I was a juvenile delinquent street kid. But I collected comics and read and went to movies and in high school John and I bonded around our love of science fiction, Dr. Who, movies including seeing this crazy new movie Star Wars together in the theater. We would see the opening days of the first 6 Star Wars movies together in two different states and three different cities.

The other night the phone rang, it was Keith, I couldn’t answer and he immediately texted call me, I knew something was up. Keith’s had a really tough last year or so and I was dreading what might have happened. Something had happened and honestly it was something that hadn’t in any way crossed my mind, Dan was dead. He died on vacation in Maui, while in the surf, they’re still not sure what exactly happened, but he was gone.

The next night, I was scrolling through John’s Facebook page and noticed a comment from a relative expressing condolences. I messaged him immediately, his mom had died.

At my age, pushing sixty, all of my friend’s parents, and mine are at least in their eighties, so it’s not a huge surprise when one passes. Although, as those of you who have lost parents know, no matter how expected, it’s still never easy. And honestly, I don’t normally get too impacted by these losses, but this one is a little different. John’s mom was one of the singly kindest humans I’ve ever met. She was someone who always made you feel welcome in her home, all ways seemed genuinely concerned about your well-being, always made time for you. There was a definite shortage of people who treated me like that when I was younger, so it meant a lot to me.

My friend Dan was similarly a truly nice person. He was a flaming liberal with a huge heart and more than anything was an incredibly moral person. We say nice guys finish last, but that never applied to Dan, he was highly intelligent and an incredibly talented and successful criminal defense attorney who led advocacy for clients at a level that changed the very system he worked in for the better. His loss has devastated so many people I know, it’s utterly heart breaking to watch all of this go down.

There’s an expression and a song by Billy Joel, only the good die young. If it’s true, you’re likely all going to be stuck hearing from me for a very long time. Whenever really kind, good people pass young I’m always brought back to my first experience with a really kind soul dying around my age.

Bowling was an important part of my life when I was younger. I remember my very first strike, on lane one at Hendrick Hudson Lanes. I was reminded of it often, the locker I shared with my mom was next to lane one. I bowled with a guy named David March, he was a tall, skinny kid with red hair. He was also the nicest person I knew at that time, a truly sweet and kind kid. He got terminal cancer, wasted away and died.

These are where my thoughts are right now as I watch friends grieve, as I grieve.

And there is a message in all of this, and it’s the quote by the Buddha that accompanies the image on this post, we think we have time. You never know, my friend a healthy 55 year old man went into the surf as he’d done a hundred times before and suddenly he was just gone.

You know that person you’ve wanted to call forever, that thing you’ve wanted to see or do, that relationship you need to mend, just do it. I know, we hear this a lot, but we don’t do it, the trouble is, we think we have time. ~ Rev Kane

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Breathe, Make the Best of Things

There isn’t a lot of good news available these days. The pandemic is ramping up again in the US with COVID rates, particularly in the Southeast hitting some of the highest rates we’ve seen. This has taken the joy out of what is normally a celebratory back to school time of the year. So while people are still posting images of children heading to school in their next grade, there is also a lot of nervousness around safety, controversy around parental choice and the need for vaccine mandates.

Massive fires are burning not only in the US, but across the globe including whole Greek Islands on fire. The US is leaving Afghanistan, and many feared this would mean the Taliban would come back into power, but no one thought in would happen in a week and Kabul has fallen today. To top it all off the worst IPCC climate report ever released has just come out the same time as the month of July was named the hottest month in recorded history. The cherry on top, two hurricanes are going to hit Florida this week.

It’s easy to spend time on social media doom scrolling yourself into anxiety driven paralysis.

So often the simplest advice is the best, breathe, relax. Even though the world may seem like a total shitshow right now. It’s important to remember that you should primarily focus on what’s under your control. You can’t fix Afghanistan, or solve global warming on your own, you can’t stop the entire pandemic.

So control what you can control.

Nervous about COVID, get vaccinated, wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, minimize your social contacts and don’t put yourself in situations where you will be in enclosed spaces with a lot of people for an extended period of time. You can’t perfectly protect yourself but you can greatly reduce your chances of getting ill, and particularly from getting seriously ill if you follow these certain steps.

Limit your news, social media and doom scrolling. Remember, almost all social media algorithms amplify what you look at the most. So, for instance, over the last year I’ve made a point of each day sharing a couple of pretty pictures off photo sites on Facebook. As a result, my Facebook feed’s suggested posts are mostly pretty nature pictures, by doing things like that your timeline becomes a less stressful place. I’ve also unfriended anyone who adds to my stress on my timeline, yes, even family members.

On Instagram, you only get posts from who you follow, so don’t follow anyone who posts things that increase your anxiety in any way. Also, limit the time you just cruise videos through reels on Instagram, Tik Tok and You Tube. The algorithms track what you stop on, so when you’re on those sites only stop on things that make you happy and as soon as something goes the other way, move on.

On Twitter, anytime I read a post that triggers bad feelings I unfollow the person. If the post is from someone you don’t follow, but liked by someone you do, you can unfollow that person and it will help improve your feed. Also, over the last few months, I’ve been liking and following poetry and writing prompt posts, like the pretty pictures on Facebook this has turned my feed into 80% writing posts, much more enjoyable, far less doom and gloom.

Then of course, as I’ve mentioned many times before, when you feel out of sorts there is some Taoist philosophy I have always found to be profound. It simply says if you feel out of sorts, then return to the basics. Eat good food, get enough sleep, exercise, make sure you feel safe. Make sure the basics are solid and it’s easier to bring everything else in line and have happier days my friends. ~ Rev Kane

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