The Good News


Welcome to the Good News for Tuesday, March 24, year of our Lord 2020.

If you’re just tuning in, this is called The Good News and it’s all about good news. There’s plenty of it about, so we’re netting it and presenting it to you here every day except Saturday, the day I listen to the music of Leo Rojas while exploring my body with a hand mirror by candlelight. Let’s check out that GOOD NEWS!


Bubble O Bill has a sister. Her name is Jill. Bubble O Jill. She will be available everywhere Monday. If you’re not Australian and you’ve never been to Australia, you more than likely have no idea what I’m talking about, which is probably a good thing because you’d go mad if you knew what you were missing. Bubble O Jill. What a time to be alive. Good news!

This photo from 1918 during the Spanish Flu pandemic has emerged. That’s all I have to say about it really.

A Frenchman named Elisha Nochomovitz has run a marathon on his balcony in Toulouse, France. Nachomovitz signed up the Barcelona marathon on March 15 and the Paris marathon on April 5. But when both were cancelled he decided to do it on his seven-metre balcony while self-isolating. A marathon is 42.195 kilometres (26.2 miles). Nochomowitz did laps of his balcony for six hours and 48 minutes to complete the Barcelona marathon. Amazing effort. Good luck on April 5, Elisha!

 

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“LES DEMI-FONDEURS, PRENEZ EXEMPLE, ÇA FORGE LE MENTAL” ! ✌ ——————– Après le défi fou de @nassim.yns qui consistait à courir un 5km autour d’une table, c’est un défi complément INIMAGINABLE qui a fait son apparition… 🙈 Elisha Nochomovitz, résidant à Balma et en plein confinement, a eu l’incroyable idée de courir un marathon (42km195)… sur le balcon, long de 7 mètres, de son appartement ! 😱 UN DÉFI RELEVÉ EN 6H48 ! 😍 ——————– MERCI ELISHA ! ❤ @elisha_nochomovitz ——————– #athletisme #trackandfield #running #run #polevault #highjump #runner #runners #longjump #triplejump #hurdles #sprint #instarunner #instarunners #diamondleague #nikerunning #triathlete #nikeplus #trailrunning #instarun #swimbikerun #runhappy #tracknation #strava #stravarun #footing #courir #runstoppable #happyrunningcrew #runaddict

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Turns out this legend exists, which is very, very Good News. If nothing else, this fellow (The Balmorian King) is a window into where things can potentially go when you’re home alone for a really long time. Doesn’t look so bad, right? He’s happy!

@thebalmoriankingThe nephalem is born as the angelic side calms the demonic. ##f4f ##roadto1k ##shadowisland ##origin ##balmorianking ##falconbalmore ##newvamperia♬ orijinal ses – ensaralyüz

Speaking of being alone, if you’re struggling with anxiety or depression or just feel out of sorts, you should check out this list of meditation apps Elle.com published—even if you’re a big strong man who doesn’t cry or visit chick websites like Elle.com. Also, Beyond Blue has released the following recommendations:

-Remind yourself that this is a temporary period of isolation
-Remember that your effort is helping others in the community
-Stay connected with friends, family and colleagues via email, social media, or phone
-Engage in healthy activities that you enjoy and find relaxing
-Keep regular sleep routines and eat healthy foods
-Try to maintain physical activity
-For those working from home, try to maintain a healthy balance by allocating specific work hours, and taking regular breaks
-Avoid news and social media if you find it distressing

Good tips. And good to keep in mind that you are not alone. I lost my shit about it all yesterday, but then I took my medicine: that cat in a shark suit riding Roomba in 2013.

And our final bit of Good News for the day: Bill Gates saves the world. In the last 48-hours, the news media has been pushing the ‘Here Comes Another Great Depression’ headlines harder than ever, which amounts to financial terrorism if you ask me. Fortunately, Bill Gates—one of the most intelligent people who ever lived—has penned an excellent open letter that will make you think differently about what’s happening. Here’s the whole thing. Be sure to read the lot. really worth it. I’ll see you guys tomorrow for more red-hot GOOD NEWS!

Subject: What is the corona/Covid-19 Virus Really Teaching us?
 
I’m a strong believer that there is a spiritual purpose behind everything that happens, whether that is what we perceive as being good or being bad.

As I meditate upon this, I want to share with you what I feel the corona/Covid-19 virus is really doing to us:

1) It is reminding us that we are all equal, regardless of our culture, religion, occupation, financial situation or how famous we are. This disease treats us all equally, perhaps we should to. If you don’t believe me, just ask Tom Hanks.

2) It is reminding us that we are all connected and something that affects one person has an effect on another. It is reminding us that the false borders that we have put up have little value as this virus does not need a passport. It is reminding us, by oppressing us for a short time, of those in this world whose whole life is spent in oppression.

3) It is reminding us of how precious our health is and how we have moved to neglect it through eating nutrient-poor manufactured food and drinking water that is contaminated with chemicals upon chemicals. If we don’t look after our health, we will, of course, get sick.

4) It is reminding us of the shortness of life and of what is most important for us to do, which is to help each other, especially those who are old or sick. Our purpose is not to buy toilet roll.

5) It is reminding us of how materialistic our society has become and how, when in times of difficulty, we remember that it’s the essentials that we need (food, water, medicine) as opposed to the luxuries that we sometimes unnecessarily give value to.

6) It is reminding us of how important our family and home life is and how much we have neglected this. It is forcing us back into our houses so we can rebuild them into our home and to strengthen our family unit.

7) It is reminding us that our true work is not our job, that is what we do, not what we were created to do. Our true work is to look after each other, to protect each other and to be of benefit to one another.

8) It is reminding us to keep our egos in check. It is reminding us that no matter how great we think we are or how great others think we are, a virus can bring our world to a standstill.

9) It is reminding us that the power of freewill is in our hands. We can choose to cooperate and help each other, to share, to give, to help and to support each other or we can choose to be selfish, to hoard, to look after only our self. Indeed, it is difficulties that bring out our true colors.

10) It is reminding us that we can be patient, or we can panic. We can either understand that this type of situation has happened many times before in history and will pass, or we can panic and see it as the end of the world and, consequently, cause ourselves more harm than good.

11) It is reminding us that this can either be an end or a new beginning. This can be a time of reflection and understanding, where we learn from our mistakes, or it can be the start of a cycle which will continue until we finally learn the lesson we are meant to.

12) It is reminding us that this Earth is sick. It is reminding us that we need to look at the rate of deforestation just as urgently as we look at the speed at which toilet rolls are disappearing off of shelves. We are sick because our home is sick. 

13) It is reminding us that after every difficulty, there is always ease. Life is cyclical, and this is just a phase in this great cycle. We do not need to panic; this too shall pass.

14) Whereas many see the corona/Covid-19 virus as a great disaster, I prefer to see it as a *great corrector*

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