I dedicated some time to discuss this idea of bridging the gap. I believe it is a must here in 2021, but it won’t go viral to say the gap and divide seen in Washington and America must be narrowed.
Yes, everyone talks about it. The term ‘bridging the gap’ is getting worn out and quite frankly over-used and politicized. Yet, the talkers aren’t always highlighting the DOERS that work to bridge gaps in today’s society. It is frustrating when you think about it. Why would the talkers not be DOING? Because if one solution was found, there would be an erosion of profits first and foremost.
There is no doubt this gap keeps existing without any bridging because division makes money, right? Maintaining the division profits so many different sectors of society! News networks profit off continually highlighting the divide while claiming to want to bridge the divide! To do that, you’d actually have to invite those making waves in their community on to various shows. 90% of the time during the week, talking heads talk with other talking heads and the feel good ‘in the community’ segments air on a Sunday when no one really is watching. LET’S STOP BURYING THE BRIDGE GAPPING LEDE!
Can legislation be a bridge-gapper? I would love to hope our tax dollars go to finding solutions, but gridlock STILL plainly exists in Washington, Albany and the Mayor of New York’s office. That’s not by accident. Our elected leaders answer to lobbyists, who fund them. If they actually came together agreeing AGAINST their interests, the lobbyists would turn on them and the donations would stop. I would say, let’s forego focus on the donors and focus on the issues to bridge our divides, but that’s why I wouldn’t make it in politics either. I don’t ever feel meant to be tied down to outside interests in this life!
If this platform, Adapting With Alex Garrett, can’t make it in the media world or politics, that is fine by me! I’d rather welcome those who have solutions and fixers. I want to direct you to places in NYC specifically like the Downtown Alliance (https://downtownny.com/); NY Hospitality Alliance (https://www.thenycalliance.org/) and Upper West Side Together (https://www.facebook.com/groups/3199698486785596/). Find out the organizations doing good in your neck of the woods and let me know of them at email@example.com!
I implore you to utilize your platform to highlight the doers and the bridge-gappers, not the talking heads!
Every day, on podcasts, on Tik Tok, and on Instagram , the creativity is exploding!
I’ve blogged about this before, the idea how creativity has lifted us up during this pandemic. Yet, who lifts up the uplifting minds of social media?
It’s a question I’ve been wondering since I found a photo by Ben Ko (@benkophoto) that really inspired me. Now , I don’t open up about being inspired because I just want to spread a positive message and not make it about me.
Let me take you behind the curtain though. I firmly believe God has given creative brains to everyone, and so many take advantage of it! I believe God can and does inspire us!
He does inspire us through others . I may smile, I may have fun, but I do have down days (shocker , right?)
This pandemic sometimes ‘kicks the teeth in’ to my mindset because I do want to believe there is an end in sight, and we will see each other again!
When reality sets in that it will take a while longer, I just start remembering the ‘good old days’ in 29 years . Yet, there are moments where I find others keep going that tells me I TOO CAN KEEP GOING. YOU TOO CAN KEEP GOING!
So, creatives and anyone reading this, who inspires you? Who uplifts you? For me, the fact my immediate family are all here through this pandemic is inspiring and uplifting! It’s amazing how close I’ve become with my mom, dad and my stepdad Vic!
If you have an inspiration let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Let’s stay inspired as we hope and look to inspire!
President Trump’s social media de-platforming is God putting all of us under reconstruction as the health of the soul of the country hangs in the balance. I’m hangin tough and thinking before I speak, we’ve got to reconstruct before we destruct! For the Good of The Country!
This Christmas Eve, fresh off watching a version of ‘A Christmas Carol’ (the Muppets version for nostalgia’s sake) I’ve pondered what continuing the story of Tiny Tim Cratchit would look like. After all, as Charles Dickens exclaimed, ‘Tiny Tim, who did not die!’
During his time, sickness was rampant in England and across the world. Our medical developments of a vaccine just were not there. I ask myself, how would Tiny Tim Cratchit stay upbeat as he battled his illnesses and saw sickness in others as he grew up?
I always hoped that ‘Tiny Tim’ would stay upbeat, as spirited and as smiling as ever before. I always hoped nothing could hurt his precious soul that Scrooge came to love so much. Yet, if I were to write his continued story, I do believe the reality would be he persevered through hard times. As a child, he didn’t seem to care about his sickness, he just wanted to have an amazing time and share his love. It’s easy for people to get depressed about their condition around this time, and I often wonder if Tiny Tim as he got older ever soured or worse, got addicted to something. Growing up, he probably would become cognizant of his differences, and I would write that he would find the positives of the day amidst a world that likes to drench us in negativity.
I probably would write his story through my eyes, and he would be a thriving 29 year old, who in the midst of this pandemic, still keeps wits about himself. I think he may be down at times, but never out!
As a kid growing up, my dad would carry me on his shoulders to St. Thomas Church Christmas morning, my crutches flanking both his shoulders as we walked across Park Avenue from E. 44th and then up the spirited 5th Avenue to 53rd and 5th. With his encouragement, after the service , I used to greet everyone in the aisles and wish them Merry Christmas. After church, we’d come home to a beautiful turkey and beautiful set up my mom had made for the whole gift-opening craze of the day.
Would you believe, last year at age 28 , I still wished parishioners a Merry Christmas like I did at age 6? It is a tradition thing but it also felt GOOD. It keeps the adult me in line with the Christmas spirit instilled through the love of my parents and family over the years at Christmastime. I definitely miss church this Christmas season. I also would write that Tiny Tim kept his sentimentality through the years, and I hope you out there have kept sentiments along the way during this very tough time.
When watching the Muppets version this time around, I have come to feel a bit more cynical than I’d like to admit. I’ve had relationships fail, I’ve felt lonely and sometimes have felt that lost feeling. Yet, when I see Tiny Tim’s smile , I am reminded HOPE IS NOT LOST! I would write that Tiny Tim as he got older gave a shot at love and friendship every chance he can! The disability community doesn’t have to hide, and Mr. Scrooge carrying Tiny Tim on his shoulders is a prime example, I would certainly write that Tim Cratchit would not hide himself as he got older!
I’ve also come to grips that the snapping a finger and everything working out mentality doesn’t work always and this Christmas, I realize the gift is that my family snapped the fingers with me to make things work!
That’s not a bad thing this Christmas, however, because I’m thankful to be able to work and keep a job while millions have sadly lost theirs due to COVID. I’m thankful that all three of my parents are here to see Christmas 2020! They have taught me to speak up for myself, to fight for what I deserve and to most importantly put my head down and keep going!
I see a parallel of that same love with the Cratchit Family, which is why I feel so akin to the character. The Christmas lights brighten my spirits just as much as seeing Tiny Tim’s smile and tenacity. Watching his story again, I firmly know hope is not lost, and I would certainly encourage Mr. Dickens that hope is not lost for the adult Tiny Tim Cratchit.
PS: A real-life friend named Carlos ‘Tiny Tim’ is thriving and a couple years ago had a baby with his beloved! So Yes, Mr. Dickens, there are thriving adult ‘Tiny Tim’ figures in this world!
We must all realize that sensible New Yorkers are banded together AGAINST the looting and fire-setting.
At the same time, distinctions should be made clearer there are peaceful protesters and those are the protesters, period.
The rest is anarchy, from what I can see. We must realize some that participate in the anarchy are not strictly agitators, but are so angry in their heart because they see the same headlines and wake up worried every day sadly. Should they be held accountable and arrested for committing crimes? Yes! However, It is not up to us to use this platform to judge their life’s choices.
We get rid of agitation and change hearts of those looting and destroying buildings by recognizing the outbreaks of peace we have seen as well and saying THAT is your model to go by.
The co-ordination of this through technology must be intercepted by those who want peace. I pray someone in these group chats start telling messages of a different kind.
This weekend started with a rattling sensation in my bones. Did you feel it too? Did you feel shaking after watching anarchy on our TV screens? You are not alone!
The question only became, what to do with rattling sensation. Having never thought of myself as empathic, it became clear I needed to channel the energy. That channeling has lasted all through the weekend. Through podcasting and Facebook and trying to find some hope out of these anarchist moments, I channeled my way through this entire weekend. (https://www.spreaker.com/user/agsportshournyc/oh-restoring-the-humanity)
I surely hope you did too! If you are an empath, I have this idea for you. Start sharing what you feel, it’s the only way to move us forward. It might also be cathartic for you, to just put your thoughts out there in some fashion. Empaths also tend to have a voice of reason, I experience that daily in my own home with my parents. My friend, Danny , also has expressed his empathic feelings to me and I love that he’s working through it often! My friend, Keenan, also divulged to me this weekend he is empathic! All four of them are my saving grace during this tumult of a quarantine time.
Empathy could inevitably be the whole country’s voice of reason right now. POTUS has finally come around to speaking out against this killing of George Floyd and the subsequent riots. Ultimately, it is up to us to repair relationships within communities. Empaths could be that repair mechanism. All they have to do is speak up. We can start by saying we understand the pain of being bullied. While we can’t put ourselves in the shoes of victims of police brutality, just writing our feelings could heal. Saying we the people also view the cops as humans and that not all of them are bad is the strongest thing we could do.
Have you ever felt the world shake your body so much and yet could not find a way to express it? Or ashamed to embrace empathy ? Now is not the time to be ashamed! Now is the time to share your feelings because it will show others, ‘I’m not the only one’.
Why do I also call on empaths? They , or maybe I can say we, have this creative streak that could put a message across to change an entire mind and heart. My step-dad , Victor Furhman, interviews on this very basis of empathy on his podcast every week on ‘Destination Unlimited’ through OM Times Radio. (https://omtimes.com/iom/shows/destination-unlimited/) I asked my friend Danny if empaths can truly be the voice of reason here, and he noted, “for sure empaths can be the voice of reason! Not only do we listen to both sides without judgment, we feel what both sides feel.”
To be candid, I always thought that the term ‘police brutality’ painted a broad brush of all cops. In talking with those who are always fighting these battles, it hit me hard that truly that term is only meant for actual cases of brutality. When we make that distinction, when we credit people for making that distinction, we move forward. We move forward because the feeling of division can be lifted when we understand those who protest, don’t hate ALL cops, just the the bad cops. In this way, I’ve felt the conversation even deeper and a much more appreciation for the peaceful protesters, not the rioters, who are tired of what is going on.
Empaths also have done amazing works. From Rousseau to Kant, the Enlightenment writers changed everything about the way we think and act. The ends justifying the means is always a hot philosophical topic. With the anarchy on our streets, the ‘reason’able people know the means of rioting for the issue of select cases where there is police brutality and government enforcement are not justified for eradicating ongoing problems our country faces. Empaths truly are struggling through this.
Why? Because they have this love of life and people, that they don’t want to see the suffering continue. Again, we cannot put ourselves in shoes of others, but monitoring our reactions to the tragedies on our screen are just as important! To ease struggles, I highly encourage writing down the feelings you have in that moment. It would be helpful to others, I believe, and it could change the narrative. of the bigger picture.
I don’t know how or why, but Immanuel Kant came to mind. His main purpose in his philosophy was to give readers an idea of ‘Categorical Imperative’. This quote stands out to me from Kant, “Act that your principle of action might safely be made a law for the whole world.” (https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/immanuel_kant_152161) Are we truly safe when places are burned? When projectiles are thrown at cops? Or even when cop cars drive into protesters? That isn’t safe either!