Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Spring in winter...



  The weather around these parts of the prairie has been so odd. We meandered out of January with temps up to 70 on a couple of days. We have started off  February with temps in the 60's. Today it is grey and rainy and peaceful. And warm. Way too warm for February. Strange stuff...supposed to have a little cold spell and then warm back up into the 50's. Mother Nature is being a bit petulant.  The good news is the chickens are still laying full force, mostly, and the bad news is that the trees are starting to bud. If a big freeze comes back it will wreak havoc. But...nature will have it's way and there's not much we can do about it. Except maybe to learn to roll with the punches...


 Not much to report on this end.  The world rolls along as is it's way..times change and people come and go. My sister-in-law is still hanging in there.  The cancer that ravages her brain circles around and around. She is losing her cognitive skills and her muscle activity.  No word yet on my surgery scheduling. la la la la la...

 Was reading something this morning about a young doctor who left the profession because he aid he couldn't bear watching people being made poorer and sicker by the commonly used medical treatments.  So now he is a permaculture farmer and works in a free clinic giving medical care. Wouldn't it be a grand thing if that happened more often ?  Think of how it would feel to live in a society where people followed their consciences and had the integrity to stand up to the money changers ?  I heard last night on NPR that several big cancer medications are coming to the end of their patents and the result will be a BIG decrease in cost of these drugs. Like 30% (is that big??)  So now the particular drug they were talking about will only be 180.00  A PILL.   ONE PILL.   It made me want to scream.  It made me want to rise up and cry out to the profiteering makers of these things, and to the doctors who prescribe them. It made me want to...

 ...plant an organic garden. Keep drinking pure spring water.  Pay attention to what I put in and on my body and where I live and watch the stress and do whatever in the hell else I can to be healthy.  And maybe I need another dog. A puppy. And start writing again and doing some more creative artsy things. And praying more. And loving more.  And doing whatever I can, wherever I can and whenever I can to make this world a safer better place.  What was it Mother Teresa said ?  Not all of us can do great things,  but all of us can do small things with great love.  So my goal for the new year is to do all the small things I can. And to love more and judge less. And to listen more and talk less. And to share whatever I can with whomever might need it.


 Like most people probably, I know what I should do. I know that the thing that stops me often is inconvenience or fear or indifference. I don't want to be that person who is afraid of not having enough for myself so I don't share what I have. I don't want to be that person who looks the other way when others are being mistreated or hurt. I don't want a life in which I feel inconvenienced by someone in my path .   

  I want abundance. I want prosperity. I want to share this world with everyone in it. And be secure in my place too. I want the sick cared for, in a compassionate and reasonable manner. I want the hungry to be fed. I want children and adults alike to know love. And security. And peace.


  Imagine....



Namaste

10 comments:

DJan said...

Amen. Everything you said in here resonates totally with me. Thank you for being there on the prairie, loving away with all your heart. :-)

Mama Pea said...

I could feel the peace and love flowing from your heart as you wrote the last half of this post. Beautiful.

I just read an article saying that doctors who specialize in oncology get a kick-back (in actual dollars from the big drug companies) from particular cancer drugs, including chemotherapy, they prescribe. Can it get any sadder or depressing?

Celia said...

May all your wishes come true. I'm wishing for peace as well. Thanks for the reminder about doing the small things.

Akannie said...

And thanks for being here with me, DJan...

Akannie said...

Mama Pea--that sickens me, even though I knew as much. It's a travesty...

Akannie said...

Celia...I need the reminder myself. All the time... good to see you. Hope all is well.

Anastasia Chastain said...

I love how eloquently you are able to express your heart and feelings. Actually, I just love you, because of your heart and feelings and how you treat others, and everything you do. I personally have tried to cut back on thinking a pill is going to cure all my illnesses. Not to say that there aren't those I need, but doing what I can in diet and the way I live to help myself. Like quitting smoking over two years ago. I should read this blog more often. Blessings!

Mary LA said...

And out here Big Pharma keeps testing toxic drugs on poor Third World people who can't sue them.

So with you, Annie.

Akannie said...

Thanks Stacy...It's hard when there are physical issues and all doctors want to do is throw pills at you. It's even harder when we trust them..and they seem to know less than we do sometimes. You've made some serious changes in your practices and attitudes and I'm so proud of you !

Akannie said...

Oh Mary... I know. They do that here too...pay people a couple of thousand dollars to be part of a "drug trial" and make them sign waivers that they can't sue and the company is not responsible for anything. Poor people do it because..well..they're poor. I know someone who's done it a lot of times. And she's paying for it now. She mentioned it to me a few times and I was like--are you crazy ? After all the work I put in trying to be healthy ?? lol But as we know,, Big Pharma has no conscience nor heart. Loving you, my girl, from waaaaaaaaay over here.