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Where We Stand As Omicron Hits America

(Listen to my conversation with Alliance Defending Freedom on these issues as well on Alex Garrett Podcasting : https://www.spreaker.com/episode/47417794)

New York State is about to enter another COVID state of emergency due to Omicron found in NYC.

Must I remind our elected officials: Firstly a lockdown doesn’t make sense if more people continue to get vaccinated! A vaccine should be a protector, so locking down defeats that purpose,

Secondly, Mayor de Blasio and President Biden urged CALM and told us again NOT TO PANIC. Underneath those sentiments, are they trying to install new lockdown measures behind our backs?

What we are all seeing is that AMERICANS ARE SUFFERING. If prolonged lockdowns didn’t shutter biz, cause people to quit their jobs in record numbers, and didn’t cause so much stress and anxiety , more people would be vaxxed. This also does involve God, because He is overseeing all of us every minute! Religious exemptions still have to be fought for with this vaccine. What happened to the first amendment? Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion anyone ? I don’t believe it’s the vaccine itself that is being fought .

As mandates and proposed new measures come about, it becomes clearer that no one in leadership gives a damn about the American male or female today, especially during COVID where the healthy were told to stay home or be fired for not being vaccinated.

I see society rallying for those coming here illegally possibly carrying the virus while everyday Americans are frustrated and are being ignored! My biggest fear still is hearing Americans scream for help and going insane because their business has been forced to close and they have been locked down. We are not an insane asylum and the sane that want to be open should be allowed to be 100% now!

It’s the control aspect of government in New York, California and even 1600 Penn that people are protesting, not so much the use of science!

New Sameness

Published originally on Medium : https://medium.com/@AlexGInNYC/new-sameness-91d2ac17a4af

This concept literally flowed from my lips this past week at my local Starbucks and in conversation with a colleague at work. Don’t ask me why I’m so driven to write this blog, but I am.

Some Americans have been shaking that quarantine rust off and headed back to work. Some Americans still are tragically unemployed this Labor Day week. Some Americans are literally doing what they have been doing since this pandemic started and before, which is staying essential to keep this country going. Kudos to all in these categories, as one way or another you are a fabric in this country working hard to stay at work!

Every day for many has become this sameness we can’t get out of. I would like to say, if you can’t get out of the sameness, find something NEW about your same routine and experience each day! The fact that our television screens are literally not offering any new hopes, any new silver linings means we can’t rely on just staring at a TV or Netflix any more. We have to rely on finding something new. How? By exploring! Getting out of that basement and taking on the world again, is a start. Whether it be just your own backyard or a dense metro city, let’s get outside again!

For me, it was exploring Washington Square Park (with a mask on) that made me realize people are out and about trying to make new experiences, new moments in 2020. My buddy, Instagram influencer Mr. NYC Subway, encouraged me to go and check out and actually have some fun! Yes, as crazy as 2020 has been, there is still time to get rid of the sameness you might be feeling!

Museums in New York City have just re-opened at limited capacity, so we are seeing that. Malls in NYC have just re-opened this week as well to explore. The biggest WIN so far this week at least here is that indoor dining will commence at 25% capacity on September 30th! 2020 is far from over, and the sameness, the same day every day feeling is dissipating, can’t you feel it?

Personally, I am working on sticking with a couple of ways to maintain newness alongside the sameness. Experiencing one exciting adventure a day is a huge health benefit for me. It’s NEW, it’s something to bring back normalcy again. I used to try many different adventures in one night, which did run me down. To stick with at least one adventure every few days and then going home to relax is a win-win theory for me, I hope that could work for you too! Second, I also am believing that exerting a stable energy can also bring newness into our lives.

If you feel your pattern has got you down, working on a pattern that may not seem as chaotic will bring you a less chaotic outcome. For me, I’ve stopped wandering the streets of New York City. Nearly every night since returning, I wanted to experience the city again to keep my sanity. I’ve learned to keep my sanity by also going home earlier most nights to recharge the battery knowing GOD will bring a new and better day the next day!

This is the other idea I’d love to explore more and have you explore it to. What newness can and does God bring to you every day? God’s signs are around even in pandemic-type atmospheres, no doubt about it. Yet, if we do just one adventure at a time and not try and pack it in each day, I believe God generates a new day literally full of new possibilities !

Let me ask about this as a follow up to my ‘Stay-In-Place Habits’ blog. (https://medium.com/@AlexGInNYC/stay-in-place-habits-should-stay-in-place-post-quarantine-bee6f81050a9) How have you been keeping up with the habits you’ve developed during this whole time? Have you regressed or seen progress? Have you been able to maintain a same successful routine? If so, this blog is for you!

Let me just end with a quote from Paulo Coelho’s ‘The Alchemist’, that fueled this blog post. Coelho writes “when each day is same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize good things that happen every day that sun rises!”

Let’s go from same old, same old to ‘same new, same new’!

Stay-In-Place Habits Should Stay in Place Post-Quarantine

Before I really dig in. I want to say a HUGE thank you and much love to the Doctors and Nurses unable to stay in place or safely out of harm’s way. These doctors and nurses are the ones on the front-lines treating the COVID crisis are to be honored and thrown a parade down the Canyon of Heroes, as NYC Council member Eric Ulrich suggested. Seeing the USNS Comfort roll in shows me relief is here for 66,000 suffering New Yorkers in New York Harbor.

We will get through this, and I pray for those suffering, families of lost loved ones to COVID. I also pray that the positive habits written below can help those who are able to stay at home realize the habits we do now , can last with us beyond this pandemic.

Believe it or not, I’m used to the stay at home life. While I, myself, have been out and about, I’ve been fortunate and blessed to see my hard-working mother , Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway, be the rock of our little Queens family from home as a writer. Don’t get me wrong, she has been there for the amazing moments in this life, but she has also struck an amazing balance between working from home and being a mother.

Seeing this balance should have prepared me for this inevitable working from home status, right? This pandemic has de-wheeled me and I’m still in shock even thought we all ideally should work from home! I did truck in most of March as an essential employee to work my radio shift and get drive-time on the air. Now, the chance to work just as hard from home has been given.

I’ll admit that while I was ‘under foot’ of my mother as kid while she wrote romance novels, my rollerbladin’ foot is getting ancy. In addition to being in lockdown, the energy I’m putting into my content makes me wonder if I’m doing too much to stay occupied or if I’m doing EXACTLY what I need to be doing in this moment.

There truly is a fine line between overproduction and producing quality content! I podcasted nearly every day last week just because I felt I had the free time even after coming home from the city. It got me thinking whether or not it was necessary to produce all this podcast content ! In the end, I think it was meant to be!

Starting this week , it’s also become balancing my on-the-clock Radio work vs. podcasting and blogging from home. Have you been finding that balance of striking your own creativity on and off the clock?

I’ve been coming to that balance during this whole process we are in together. My goal is to keep such balance after the quarantine is lifted and I can ride into the city sunsets again! I’m realizing that how we adapt to working from home isn’t meant to be a temporary adaptation .

This is God telling us to be mindful, healthy and to change all of our ways. While we pray this quarantine is only temporary, we should also explore ways to keep the habits learnt during this time a long-term routine. No one has really uttered the term, ‘budget your time wisely’ during this tragic ordeal. It’s an important reminder to continue to do so, if you have or haven’t started already .

Write what is and what isn’t working during your experience working from home . The adjustments you can make each day could work toward perfecting work life not only during this time, but the coming months and years after !

While I may not have children of my own, I know this time has put everyone in the same house , slowing all families to a near grinding halt. Remember how busy everyone was at the beginning of the month, that some commercials guilted us for not making time for loved ones? Well, this is that opportunity. It’s not just an opportunity to bond with family for the duration of this, I’m seeing this as an opportunity to truly stick together as family and loved ones long after this is past, even through Zoom or Skype or FaceTime for the ones afar!

This too shall pass, but the habits we make now doesn’t have to pass us by once we are all out of quarantine. Let’s let the adaptable , positive habits we make now stay-in-place for the rest of time!