We’re All Doing Time

17 Apr

Years ago I stumbled upon a most memorable book, We’re All Doing Time, A Guide For Getting Free, by Bo Lozoff. It was a best seller written to help prisoners, prison guards and those living in their own personal confinement (ie. all of us). The spiritual guide offered self assessment, a path to inner awareness and connection and had an introduction written by the Dalai Lama.

I used to fantasize what it would be like to live in a cell with endless time to meditate, read, practice yoga and write. How ‘holier than thou’ was I. Be careful what you ask for.

My mother with her older brother Jack

While my life today is far from a prison, I vacillate between feeling sorry for myself, scared and crying, to acceptance, faith and peace. Maybe the book should be renamed, “We’re All Living With Covid-19”


Uncle Jack turned 100 this past Wednesday

My middle of the night insomniac musings tell me that the only way through this nightmare is by truly caring for one another. We Americans in particular are a selfish lot, every man and woman for him/herself and no one’s going to tell ME what to do. In the coming days, weeks and yes, years, we will be called on to give beyond our present ability. It is time to stretch those atrophied caring muscles and find ways to put others’ welfare before our own. For me it is sometimes as simply as doing the damn dishes AGAIN, without complaining, even in my head.

I’d love you hear how YOU are stretching. Let’s inspire each other.



9 Responses to “We’re All Doing Time”

  1. Shirley Broussard April 19, 2020 at 8:41 am #

    Hi Alex! Glad you’re back- love ALL your stories! Wishing you both well. Looking forward to PCL- post-corona life😀



    • afish25 April 19, 2020 at 8:47 am #

      Hey Shirley, hope you are doing well. If sunshine and humidity are the antidote, then we are in the perfect place.


  2. Jack Scott April 20, 2020 at 3:05 am #

    Difficult times but hang on in there!


    • afish25 April 20, 2020 at 6:29 am #

      Thanks Jack. People in the US protesting because they want haircuts. 😫😫


  3. Karen Hodgens April 20, 2020 at 6:53 pm #

    Yes, this has made me see exactly how selfish many are in this country. I’m staying in my house except for walks close to home, wearing my mask to the grocery store, and taking an occasional drive to the recycling center (oh yaaay). Paranoid that I could be positive and not know it, no tests to be had for the general population unless you’re mostly dying.


    • afish25 April 20, 2020 at 7:03 pm #

      Our country needs a long look in the mirror.


  4. Terri Cordova April 24, 2020 at 9:20 am #

    Welcome back! So nice to read that you are still enjoying that beautiful view. 😷 stay safe. We were so looking forward to spending an extended stay in Mexico this summer…now who knows when we can travel. Thanks for sharing again.


    • afish25 April 24, 2020 at 9:35 am #

      Hello Terri, I’m with you, I can’t let myself even reach for the future yet. Out current situation requires me to stay here, today, in this moment. Yesterday my MIL fell. Lord, we have all we can do to stay put. Blessings.


      • Terri April 26, 2020 at 11:32 am #

        I am sorry to hear about your MIL, falls can be scary. Wish you all the best.


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