Finding Ourselves with Chika, Curfew and COVID-19

 

During COVID-19 quarantine, I have been reading many books especially my favorite authors like Mitch Albom. I have enjoyed all of his books especially Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson, The Five People You Meet in Heaven and The Next Person You Meet in Heaven: The Sequel to The Five People You Meet in Heaven.

Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family came out at the end of 2019 but I made time to read it during quarantine.

This story is about Chika Jeune who was born in 2010 just prior to the devastating earthquake in Haiti. As a three year old, she was brought to the Have Faith Haiti Orphanage that Mitch Albom and his wife, Janine opened and where they have helped many children. When she was five, it was discovered that she had a serious illness and needed treatment that could not be provided in Haiti.

Her disease did take her life within two years but Chika’s love, humor and personality shine through the pages of this book and Mitch Albom’s heart. What does it mean to be a family? Who do you fight for? What gives your life meaning?

Especially during this time of COVID-19, quarantine, curfews across many cities in America and senseless violence which has brought out the National Guard for assistance, I wanted to share these quotes below that inspired me from the book, Finding Chika.

To this day, it pains me. There are many kinds of selfishness in this world, but the most selfish is hoarding time, because none of us know how much we have, and it is an affront to God to assume there will be more.

“Dying is only one thing to be sad about, Mitch. Living unhappily is something else”

The most precious thing you can give someone is your time, Chika, because you can never get it back.

But none of us are assured of tomorrow. It’s what we do with today that makes an impact.

Chika filled every day. She drank it in. She lived it up. And always, always, she affected someone, most often by making them smile.

Families are like pieces of art, they can be made from many materials.

All flower photos by Lisa Niver with #LGV60ThinQ
during COVID-19 walks around the block.

Human Touch

A new serialized story of hope during the coronavirus pandemic, set in the moment we are all living through together. “Human Touch” is being written by Mitch Albom in the present, one week at a time.

“I am offering this new work to readers everywhere. It is my hope that the story will provide a welcome diversion in our suddenly shut-in world. Writing is my art form. It is the least I can give. If you enjoy the story, I encourage those who can to donate to Detroit Beats Covid-19!, a relief effort in my hometown of Detroit, which is being so hard hit by this pandemic.”

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.5 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers”

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