The Power of One

“The amazing thing is that chaotic systems don’t always stay chaotic,” Ben said, leaning on the gate. Sometimes, they spontaneously reorganize themselves into an orderly structure.” ― Connie Willis, Bellwether


Kingsway and Nelson

All it takes is one to start a commotion or chaos on the street when this elderly man driving his scooter in a busy street. I can only imagine what other drivers were thinking or, better yet, what the elderly man was doing. He must be thinking that he is a pedestrian and has the right of way. This reminds me of a butterfly effect.

Oppenheimer Park

Oppenheimer Park

The snow has melted, and Oppenheimer Park is always ground zero in homelessness, mental health and addiction. I am always careful to walk on the other side of the street to be on the safe side. As I was taking the chaos after the snowstorm, taking a photo, I heard a voice screaming at me. I was startled. Do I have to run for safety? My heart was racing. But, it was a woman shouting at me, getting my attention. She wants to be in the picture! Needless to say, I calmed down. She was happy when I obliged her request. Joy is contagious.

Time Flies Chasing Dragon

Time Flies Chasing Dragon

In Chinatown, the wall of a building in one alley is covered with street art, if you can call this art. Time flies chasing dragon implies inhaling the vapour from heated morphine, heroin, oxycodone or opium that has been placed on a piece of foil. There is no need for a needle to inject the drug into a vein. Chaos is a norm in this area. The epicentre of a growing epidemic in Vancouver.


Stay Clear.

Granville Skytrain station is one busy hub. Mass of people was concerned looking at this man down and out in the middle of the stair. I could hear someone shouting call 911. Some good samaritan wants to get closer to the man. Stopped! I shouted. Stay clear from him. The paramedics are coming. The samaritan wants to help. What is she thinking, I thought. Listen, I have to explain to her about first aid. Rule No. 1, your safety. We do not know how this person will react should you touch him. If you are injured in the process, the paramedics have to deal with not just one person but with you as well. It is tough, I know what is the right action when it comes to helping.

Forest Bathing

A bird on guard for thee.

Amidst this mass hysteria, I need to get away and stay in nature. One activity that calms me down is forest bathing. And into the forest, I go to lose my mind and find my soul.



7 thoughts on “The Power of One

  1. Perpetua you covered many topics in this one. The homeless and the addicted are going to be even more victimized as this virus spreads. You were absolutely right to caution the good samaritan to stay away for all of the reasons you mention. I agree, nature can be very restorative in situations like this one. Let’s hope they don’t eventually warn us away from that as well.

    • I did, Tina. Most of the addicts and homeless have mental health. I don’t know how the soup kitchen I volunteer is handling this since I excused myself. So far, nature is what I spent mostly. Even in these areas, plenty of room for social distancing. Thank goodness, we have blogs, iMessage, text, phone calls, FaceTime, etc to reach out. Take care.

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