Hello family, how are you? It’s 12:20 pm here as I begin to write to you. I hope you and yours are well and if not, please do not lose hope that things can and will get better! Hope is one of those things that still belongs to each of us that no one can take away unless we allow them to.
I’m trying my best in to find ways to work out the torment that is raging within me about what I’m watching happen to this country only 6 days after Donald Trump was sworn in to office! I am trying so hard to work on mindfulness, focus on what I want and less on what I don’t…..it’s not as easy as it sounds!
Some of us decided (not Kyle or I) to give the keys to the family car to the most unreliable, unstable and dangerous person living in our house and there are no reasonable adults stepping up to take them back. Watch how he runs over the bushes, destroys the newly painted picket fences and smashes out all the street lights….”Oh that’s just Trump! Isn’t he funny?! I wonder what he’ll do next!” At our house we been going through the stages of grief with this whole thing. Right now we are in Stage 4, Depression, reflection and loneliness. We are calling it, “What the Fuck has he done now and why are they letting him do it?!” stage.
Stage 4 – “DEPRESSION”, REFLECTION, LONELINESS- Just when your friends may think you should be getting on with your life, a long period of sad reflection will likely overtake you. This is a normal stage of grief, so do not be “talked out of it” by well-meaning outsiders. Encouragement from others is not helpful to you during this stage of grieving. During this time, you finally realize the true magnitude of your loss, and it depresses you. You may isolate yourself on purpose, reflect on things you did with your lost one, and focus on memories of the past. You may sense feelings of emptiness or despair.
I’m watching many of my fellow citizens, politicians and corporate CEO’s acting like a mob of Veruca Salt’s let loose in Charlie’s Chocolate Factory that is our Earth all screaming “I WANT IT NOW!” The addiction to money and material possessions is so great in our country! Sadly far too many generations of Mr. and Mrs. Salt’s and too few of Mr. Wonka.
Veruca Salt – I Want It Now (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory)
Something my Mom and I had to get on my own Dad about a few visits ago was his believing everything that is on the Internet is true. Someone had my Dad believing that President Obama never attended Veteran’s Day events and there is documented proof that he did. Apparently my Dad isn’t the only one who believes the Internet, so does Donald Trump and that is some scary shit right there. John talks about this in the video below as he focuses on one of the main reasons he believes Trump won this election – social media and “alternative facts.”
President-Elect Trump: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) – it is terrifying to think Donald Trump might be the sort of person who believes everything the internet tells him!
Something the Doctor Who might say to Americans right now: “I need you to remember this one thing! No matter what they tell you or try to make you believe, what is happening to you and your country is not normal!”
Spin of the Prayer wheel today. I felt it was appropriate because I feel we are at war with each other and we are wasting precious time and resources doing so:
We interrupt this war for doctors to heal,
teachers to teach, and students to learn.
We interrupt this war to marvel at sunsets,
listen to music, and to laugh.
We interrupt this war for poets to rhyme, sculptors to
chisel, and writers to paint pictures with words.
We interrupt this war to plant tomatoes, mow
the grass, and to smell the roses.
We interrupt this war to feed the hungry, build
new schools, and to stamp out ignorance.
We interrupt this war to clean up the air, save
the whales and to find a cure for cancer.
We interrupt this war to rebuild New Orleans,
tickle babies and for world peace.
We interrupt this war for PTA meetings, band
concerts, and high school graduations.
We interrupt this war for Girl Scout Cookies,
church bake sales, and the Special Olympics.
We interrupt this war for Disneyland, the
World Series, and the Super Bowl.
We interrupt this war for Halloween candy,
Thanksgiving Turkey, and 4th of July fireworks.
We interrupt this war for Hanukkah,
Christmas and Kwanza.
We interrupt this war to bring sons,
daughters, sisters and brothers home.
We interrupt this war to hear a message from
Our Sponsor: THOU SHALT NOT KILL.