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Civility and Moods of the Times


For two days in succession, I saw friends of mine being maligned on Facebook with vitriolic, hateful words, completely devoid of empathy. Most distressing of all, the verbal abuse came from members of our idyllic town of Safety Harbor.

We are living in unsettling times with the multiple stressors of the coronavirus, resurfacing racial unrest, and unprecedented political polarization. 

Can we lose our health, and maybe our lives at a sneeze from the wrong person? Are Black men and boys still the hunted species? Are our executive and legislative leaders unable to place country over politics?

These stressful times call forth disturbing feelings: powerlessness, uncertainty, fear, rage, disappointment, revenge. How can we better manage the frustration? In my case, I acknowledge that not all of my thoughts are positive. But I know that not everything that’s in my mind needs to come out of my mouth, or through my computer to social media.

We can step out of attack mode. No matter if expressed by people with opposing views, or people with whose opinions we agree, hatred is hatred and no good can come of it. We need not always concur, but instead of publishing our rants, we can guard our humanity by expressing opposing views with civility.

We have the opportunity to choose.

Choose respect

Choose understanding

Choose compassion

Choose acceptance

Choose inclusion

Choose love, in all its many forms

written by Amy Bryant, Safety Harbor Resident Blogger
Author of “You Can Go Home Again“


  1. Excellently said. Brava!
    That said, not everyone has the emotional or spiritual maturity to digest and follow your wise direction. Those who do are blessed and fortunate. May I be one of them. As always, you deliver a strong message in a soft velvety way. patricia

  2. Hi Amy! Anjoyed your article. I’ve been tuning in to Mary Lou Houllis from New Beginning Oneness Community. She is the minister there at which I was attending when I left Florida. Working on digesting what’s going on with her help and wanted to share a couple of her recent articles with you as follows:

    Mayan Prophecies for Today!
    The Mayans did not speak of the “end of the world” but they pointed to a transformation into a New World!
    According to the Mayans, around 2012 a portal was opened for man to enter a “room of mirrors” so we could begin to realize the multi-dimensional nature within us.
    They said beams of light energy would be coming from the center of our galaxy that would increase the vibration of our planet and shift mankind into new higher frequencies. These frequencies would enable our consciousness to perceive new realities and establish new behaviors based on love instead of competition.
    At this pivotal moment, man would have two paths they could choose: One towards understanding, tolerance & love – One of fear and destruction! Both would teach lessons needed by man to evolve into higher consciousness.
    The prophecies reveal man is moving toward a new era of harmony, but in order to do this we must each confront our greatest fears. We must also have a realization that every difficult challenge is there for us to learn from and to develop an inner peace no matter how difficult the challenges in our life.
    All systems based on fear will transform simultaneously with the planet and humanity, to take a new evolutionary step toward the reality of peace, harmony & Oneness!
    They say we will enter a society in which money will cease to be used as a form of exchange and this is already happening in many places in our world today.
    An internal transformation will open new realities, enable us to break old limitations and begin to step into a new sense of the powerful being we are. During this time, those that are able to connect to their inner peace and light will be able to shift their energies from fear to LOVE and will become mid-wives to help usher in a New World!
    MaryLou ❤

    And also:

    A New World Is Emerging!
    Change, change, change and still more to come!
    The way we have viewed things in the past is fading as we enter these frequencies of powerful new realities! What are you changing in your individual world? What beliefs have you found don’t fit any more? How has the way you look at reality changed?
    You have signed up for this moment and it’s all about Letting Go!
    It’s about releasing old beliefs which no longer serve humanity, letting go of the way you “think” things should unfold & standing in your Power as a Divine Beings of light!
    The Challenge – Everything happening is to bring greater separation & division! We have come to individually do what our heart is guiding us to do! The future is calling for those who possess the courage to “Let Go” of the past and “the way things were” so a new future can begin to emerge in our life personally and those of our brothers & sister all over our planet!
    Remember: WE Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For!
    MaryLou ❤

    I miss you and not being able to share visits with you. I keep up with your exploits via your Facebook page! Mary Lou’s posts have been helping me understand what’s going on. The world as I’ve never seen it! Stay safe! Love you!

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