Greetings Jewel’s I hope everyone had a great weekend by staying safe wearing your mask also staying 6 feet away. I absolutely know that it is hard to do at times because this weekend, I was invited out to celebrate my good friends anniversary and a birthday all in one lol. We were in San Jose Ca downtown and it was crowded with people, and the restaurants had a 45min-2 hr waiting lists and to top it off it was cold lol. The streets were lit up with beautiful decorative lighting and every restaurant had thier light flame heaters lit and that made the wait comfortable. My point today I am making is we have to stay connected by sharing our experiences through the good times, challenging times, and through the many obstacles we endure on this journey called life.Life is a journey filled with lessons, hardships, heartaches, joys, celebrations and special moments that will ultimately lead us to our destination, our purpose in life. The road will not always be smooth; in fact, throughout our travels, we will encounter many challenges. Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote: „life is a JOURNEY, not a destination“. I think we need to be reminded of this once in a while instead of all the time running from one destination to the next, from one project to the next, from one report to the next, etc. We need to enjoy the company more than the journey and the destination. If we learn to enjoy the company and learn from all people around us , our life may be more enriched and fulfilling. We may have more people to be grateful to and learn from, and Along the way our journey will be confronted with many situations, some will be filled with joy, and some will be filled with heartache. How we react to what we are faced with determines what kind of outcome the rest of our journey through life will be like.

It brings me to this concern now that we are again faced with ongoing rasicm where our Asian brothers and sisters are on the front line enduring terrorist acts discrimination):There were at least 503 anti-Asian hate incidents reported between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28 according to the group’s latest report, released Tuesday. In recent months, advocates, actors and officials have come together to denounce violence following a string of attacks in California and New York that left several people severely injured and some dead. President Biden says attacks on Asian Americans ‘must stop'”Too often, we have turned against one another,” President Biden said. “A mask, the easiest thing to do to save lives, sometimes, it divides us, states pitted against one another, instead of working with each other, vicious hate crimes against Asian Americans, who have been attacked, harassed, blamed and scapegoated.”

“At this very moment, so many of them, our fellow Americans, they’re on the front lines of this pandemic trying to save lives, and still, still they’re forced to live in fear for their lives just walking down streets in America. It’s wrong. It’s un-American. And it must stop,” he added. Now there are Support groups fighting for change! Over the past year, more than 3,700 cases of discrimination, harassment or violence against Asian Americans have been reported, according to the advocacy group Stop AAPI Hate. We have to stand together against it, to support one another and to report these crimes from happening!! CIVIL RIGHTS, RACIAL JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS DECRY THE RACIST AND MISOGYNISTIC MURDERS OF ASIAN AMERICAN WOMEN IN ATLANTA and one Asian American man on March 16 in Atlanta. This attack against Asian American women is white supremacy and misogyny in action. The NAACP states We advocate for community-based solutions that advance collective safety and ensure that all workers, including Asian women, are treated with dignity and respect without an overreliance on law enforcement response and I Stand with the NAACP. I hope this information has enlightened each and everyone of you to understand that staying connected will come and go into our lives quickly and if we allow ourselves to focus on the negative we might miss out on some really amazing things that life has to offer. We can’t go back to the past, we can only take the lessons that we have learned and the experiences that we have gained from it and move on. It is because of the heartaches, as well as the hardships, that in the end help to make us a stronger person. Until next time readers do have a wonderfull day and I leave you with this quote:)