Erin's Journals

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Just a thought… You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. [Jane Goodall]

You can watch a video version of this journal on my Facebook page, or here on YouTube.

It’s been easy to miss that today is Earth Day. There’s been so much going on this week: the Derek Chauvin conviction, the sadness and elation that accompanied what should have been an obvious outcome, the disappearance and then possible Covid exposure of Doug Ford in Ontario, a snowstorm affecting so many there. And then, there’s what’s going on in our lives.

My dad has taken two falls and was found on the floor, unconscious, by a staff member in his residence in Kelowna. He’s not in long term care; he happened to be discovered when staff was delivering meals to him. He’s okay, fortunately, but he’s in lockdown, because now there are five cases of Covid in the place.

95% of people there have been vaccinated (why not 100% I don’t know) so the disease will present more like a cold, but again, there’s the isolation, the loneliness and, of course, the inherent danger when someone like Dad falls, and then no one finds him. It’s been a very stressful and worrisome week here in our family: tears, anxiety and more sleepless nights. Last night, I awoke to find myself dreaming of really stale Twizzlers as I chomped on my drugstore night guard. When I next go to the dentist, a real one is on the To-Do list, I think.

Of course, there are a lot of positives, too, and I always try to focus on them – especially here. You’ve got your own worries and heartaches. So, hopefully you saw the beautiful sunrise I posted at my Facebook page on Tuesday.

Okay, so tonight I’ve got something else for you – and that is a chat, just with you. About everything, about nothing. Why? I’m practising my tech skills (or lack thereof) for an event next Tuesday, but it’s not about that. What we’re going to do is meet up on Facebook Live (link above) and have a chat together.

My friend Taylor (who’s doing it long distance from Toronto) will bring up your questions and nothing’s off limits. So it’ll be 100% live and I’ll be here with you tonight. Why? Aw, hell, why not? If you have a show you like to watch at 8pm EDT (or even hockey) just run the PVR and that way you’ll miss commercials when you fast forward through your show later – right?

Set an alarm now and we’ll see you later. It’ll just be me on screen, so come as you are and Taylor will be typing in your questions to me, or comments – whatever you want.

If you were in my head or saw my calendar, you’d probably be thinking, Jeez, Davis, you’ve done a live virtual keynote this week (a 6am alarm), you’ve got a whole new podcast you’re scrambling to assemble content for before it launches in the next month or two, you’re posting these journals, you aren’t getting enough sleep and you’ve just joined TikTok (erindawndavis). What the heck is wrong with you?

Congratulations! Those are the questions I’m asking, too! But the answer is, we’re all just getting through these times one day at a time. Right now, April is very busy. So adding one more item to our Apple calendar really isn’t a thing. Besides, it’ll be nice to connect. See you tonight and let the tech gods be kind to us. ‘Cause if you’re in Ontario, I know the weather gods definitely have not!

Whether or not I see you tonight, I’ll wish you a gentle weekend with lots of sleep and a very peaceful Earth Day.

Rob WhiteheadThursday, April 22, 2021