Wednesday, September 07, 2016
Politics - Beware!
While most of the post centered around my hurt feelings and self-analysis (original post here - http://loloschild.blogspot.com/2012/09/me.html), much of it was triggered by what felt like the most negative, dire political season of my lifetime. If I had been able to see the future, I would have relished the decency of it all.
It's not news to anyone who is able to read that this is the most ridiculous, embarrassing, and disgustingly lengthy political season we've ever had in this country. I've grown weary of speeches that shock my sensibilities, of spin agents earnestly trying to make a silk purse of a sow's ear. I worry constantly about what my granddaughters might be hearing on TV, or from playmates, for heaven's sake!
But I digress... As worried as I am about many things that relate to this election season, I know that I'm not only unable to tune it out, I'm unwilling. I suppose I'm a bit like a bird watching a snake - horrified by what I see, but afraid to look away. However, I feel certain that this climate, this national state of mind, is really not good for us as a collective whole, no matter what side we take. I'm afraid all of us, especially young people, are becoming desensitized to name calling, playing with facts, churning up violent thoughts, ridiculing others for appearance/beliefs/stature. I'm no longer afraid of a collective ennui, but rather a collective toxic stew of fear and blame. This is the stuff that creeps in and leaves an ugly taint on our spirit, one that could be impossible to remove.
Every morning, I have my first cup of coffee on my patio. I enjoy beautiful sunrises, birdsong, the ballet dance of dragonflies over the pond. I am filled with gratitude for the beautiful life I've led, every single day. To survive the election season, I hope to take that gratitude and send it outward, in hopes that I can heal some small part of the despair that seems to overhang us all in this dreadful political season. Every small step, every positive thought, helps turn the vibe from fear and negativity to one of hope and appreciation.
PS - the image above is from our family vacation six years ago - one of the lighthouses on our route. I'm posting it as a symbol of casting light, providing hope.