Lesson One, Call to Action One

Aug. 7, 2020

Hello Everyone,

This is my first post in a very, very long time. I wasn’t planning to ever post here, but then_____

I have been called to restart this idea of Start Over Consultant because we, the people, are in deep, deep doo doo.

Yes. I am angry. I didn’t want to do the work that doing this demands.

I have started over many times as have most of you. Hoped I would never have to do it again.

Well. As my mother would say, “Hope in one hand; shi_ in the other; see what you get first”.

Yes. To those of you who knew my mom, she really did say that.

So I set aside my anger, my wishes, my I should have’s. I do the work asked of me, as must you.

I recall the lessons learned from the times I was successful at starting over.

I make them my calls to action.

Not calls to action like ministers or protest leaders give where we, the people, make a lot of noise, piss off lots of people, or we simply do nothing but rage, but calls to action that we have no choice but to do, calls that will result in what’s needed to be done actually getting done.

Yes. Sometimes I will sound like a minister or protest leader. Please forgive me when I sound that way.

We do calls to action because our survival, the survival of our families and the survival of our communities depend on it.

Yes, we, the people, can bring forth a world of fairness. Yes, we can.

You see, a desire for fairness is the core lack that is causing most of today’s problems.

Listen to people. Listen beneath the fancy words. A yearning for fairness is the core desire.

Who will give us fairness? We will; we, the people.

Look at history. It has always been we, the people, who bring about what saves us.

Lesson number one:

 People must have a safe place from which to do some service or make some product that they can exchange for the money needed to pay for necessities of life like this safe place and food.

This place is our home.

Look around you. Listen to what has been made clear to us:

That safe place is your residence.  It’s name—shack, hut, apartment, house—doesn’t matter.

It’s location doesn’t matter.

Doesn’t matter if you are a renter, a mortgage holder or an owner.

Everyone must have Shelter, a place to call home, a place of safety. This is a necessity of life.

Experts have told us this over and over. It is not a secret.

Therefore, we must do whatever we have to do to keep our residence ours.

Therefore, we stop looking to Washington or any national place of power for help. Help is not coming from those places. The reason doesn’t matter.

We need our energy and time and thinking and doing for Starting Over; not for blaming or accusing or waiting for someone to save us.

Call for Action One:

We, the people, demand an immediate stopping of all evictions, foreclosures and any legal means that would cause us not to have a home.

We demand that all rent payments, mortgage payments be stopped until such time as everyone has a consistent, dependable, constant, reliable flow of in come.  That’s “in come” and not “out go”.

We demand that these payments be forever forgiven. 

By immediate I mean right here and now. This instant.

We demand this of our local judges and mayors and whoever is a trustworthy leader who knows the legal ways to make this so.

By trustworthy, I mean the people who always figure out what is the best way to solve a problem that serves all the people; everyone gets help.

By trustworthy, I mean people who get things done. No matter what. They get the job done.

I mean wake up the judge, get the bill written in seconds not weeks or days, make the announcement, tell the sheriff or local law enforcement officers that this is so and stop putting people on the street.

Just stop it.


Because once the focus is off survival, the mind relaxes, ideas flow, courage comes, solutions appear.

And for the sake of all that is holy—you, me, everyone—stop saying something is communism or socialism or whatever “ism”.

Just stop it.

These ideas died years ago.

Stop reviving them.

Our job is to let all the “isms” go and let them rest in peace.

Our job is to give all of us breathing space so that we, the people, can bring forth newness, a newness that makes all of us whole and holy, a newness that we immediately know is fair to all.

So. Call that judge NOW.

Get this done NOW.

And so it is.

Barbara Lucas

Start Over Consultant



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