Good morning to you. How are you? I hope you are well. I just brewed up some tea and am thinking about things. I’m thinking about life in this country now and how as a sensitive person I’m going to continue to be a part of it.
Every day now I am reading, seeing and hearing so many things that just hurt. You would say don’t watch the news on the internet or on television….just tune it all out….just ignore it…just focus on happy thoughts (my Mom’s suggestions). I try, I really do. I have tried to stop paying attention and it usually doesn’t last long…..I care too much. I care too much for everything and everyone besides just myself and the wonderful life Kyle and I have together. I grew up with role models that taught me there is more to this life than you and what you want out of it.
My parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, in-laws and family friends all modeled this for me in the way they lived and continue to live their lives. Everything isn’t about you! There are other people in this world who fall on hard times. There are people who make poor life choices and make mistakes and need a hand sorting things out. There are people who get old and or sick and need help taking care of things at their homes and themselves. There are people who get hurt and or sick at their jobs and need help. There are causes that come up, far too often it seems, like equal rights, the environment (air, water, soil quality) and war which need people of courage to stand and speak up. Most, if not of all of my early role models in life showed me what to do about these things….they didn’t turn away from those in need and I try not to either.
So what does somebody like me do in a world where it seems like more and more people are turning away from all the unpleasantness going on in our neighborhoods, our towns, our states, our country….our world?
That’s what I’m trying to figure out.
Whatever life presents us, our response can be an expression of our compassion – Sharon Salzberg
It seems like a few “someone’s” have decided it is time to pull out a play-book for the most heinous strategy board game and the select few players have started moving their pieces. The average person like me and those much less fortunate seem to just be collateral damage to the game.
Day after day I watch these people making decisions so callously that impact so many people and natures creatures lives and wonder to myself, “Why are they doing this?! Why are they trying to hurt me?!” As a sensitive person it’s almost like a reflex to feel like these attacks are personal even though they aren’t. These decisions and their impact are far from being just aimed at me…..they are aimed at all of us who aren’t “them.”
So yesterday I listened to Bernie Sanders explain why he could not vote for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and for the duration of his speaking I saw a light in the clouds. I know it’s goofy but every time I hear him speak I regain a sliver of hope. Watching and listening to him, I felt like at least one person in all of Washington DC….this country….this world…is still fighting for me….for us…the collateral damage.
Bernie Sanders VEHEMENTLY OPPOSES Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court Confirmation
I know I can’t put the burden of things on the shoulders of others and am pulling out some of my older books that helped me at earlier crisis points in my life and finding help and wisdom. I’m using tools like art, writing, music, diet and exercise to help me too. I am trying to practice what I preach in regards to not focusing on people, places and things that don’t lift me up…..especially people I don’t know that seem to thrive on negative attention. I will survive these times because my family taught me about that too — how to be a survivor of whatever others and the world may throw at you.
Yesterday I found out about a wonderful organization that is working to reunite Veterans with their working dogs called American Humane and the story of Marine Cpl Jeff DeYoung and his dog Cena:
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