Published On: Thu, Apr 16th, 2020

Day 5 of my #21DayJournal

Pausing within the pause.

#21DayJournal is a series of sometimes unedited tweets, blog posts, podcasts, Facebook / IG lives and Linked In posts written between April 11th and May 1st during the COVID-19 quarantine.

Nogales, Mexico – Photo: Zulema Rodriguez

So yesterday… I opted to connect directly with loved ones. I decided that I did not want to be consumed by my timelines. The 24-hour news cycle is draining… the conspiracy theory cycle is as well. This all seems like a mix of 5 different movies I have seen.

but your calls, texts, dms, video chats, written postcards and care packages have given me life these past few days… you know who you are.

In an effort to make myself feel better… I decided to give you the gift of WEPA… literally. Two weeks ago I created an ebook to suggest ways people can make themselves feel WEPA all the time. I also decided that I would not let the $5 price get in the way of each of you owning it so I set it up as a “pay as you wish” download. Download it here, subscribe to my newsletter… and if it brought you any value and you want to pay it forward – in the back page I have included my Cashapp – $UrbanJibaro / Venmo – @UrbanJibaro info for you to contribute to the Siembra Initiative so I can continue to inspire people with projects that create value for community builders.

My heart is with anyone whom this quarantine is impacting disproportionately but especially those in abusive / toxic situations that they cannot escape from.

Last night, I found my peace in a night at the museum.

My daughter Angelica shared this on her Facebook feed today. It is an amazing idea to help someone in this situation.

If you’re stuck in quarantine with a toxic or abusive partner, message me about my handmade soaps and ask if I have shampoo bars (I don’t have any) and I will know to continually check in on you. If you ask me about BUYING my soap (I don’t sell any) and include your shipping address, I will know to contact the police for you.

There has been an increase in domestic violence cases since this quarantine. Please don’t be afraid to reach out. If it’s safe for you to tell me the real situation through a message, please do. If not, we’ll talk about soap.

If you’re willing to do the same, post this or something similar. Strength in numbers.

(This is a friend’s status copied and pasted.)

I love love love this!

Unfortunately, abusers have been seeing these posts online and have been tracking their partner’s activities online- sigh. 😔 so be careful.

Here is an additional resource created by Asia at the agency below. I will be including this and other resources on our COVID-19 Community Live Doc

I wonder, when this is all said and done… how do we honor the lessons learned? how do we heal? Do we keep some of what we experienced and create new traditions? Does this change how we love? Especially when quality time is important and physical touch is absent? Does this make us reflect and repair relationships that we miss now that we are reminded of the fragility of life? Do we walk away ready to face life differently and take the chances to do all the things we dreamed of?

Somebody answer me… even if just one question.

Email me at…

I can share your response anonymously. I just want to know what people are thinking out there. <3

Abrazos desde lejos.


Compai George

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Day 5 of my #21DayJournal