In the current American political and social climate with a government shutdown, I'm feeling a bunch of anxiety, fear, and concern for the well-being of my nation. My guess is that others are also feeling stress, especially those directly economically affected by the callous practice. It's a challenge to maintain a focus on good when there's so much stressful stuff going on! The racist and sexually invasive "President" with backers in Congress particularly concern me. I say the "'President' with backers in Congress" because I feel like he's not really my President and that those folks in Congress who encourage this shutdown are not my leaders. I remind myself of good things, though, even as I sign petitions and discuss unfair American policies with other people. One hugely good thing is that there are many in the government who do all they can to help by rallying for legislation that provides healthcare for children; accessible paths for citizenship rights; and all manner of other true democracy.
As world citizens, as people of humanity, my hope is that we come together for the long haul in the ways we're able to support honor inside of and around us. May we remember that we are never alone in this world even if we choose to segment from society for a while or forever. In each moment, we can choose our level of participation with emotion from others even as we remain connected to the reality of the area. Days develop into weeks and years as politics shift and employers do little to truly deflect verbal and emotional abuse from supervisors. There are so many injustices in the world and in daily lives that it's difficult sometimes to remember the good in life, but there is a lot of good in the world when the mind is in a place to observe it.
Activism is in our every action. Justice is for each of our cells. We are a conglomerate of effort, purpose, and wisdom. May we receive the beauty that is life and practice with upright morality. When we allow ourselves and others to have individual boundaries, voice, thoughts, and styles of interaction, we are in true balance.
Well hello there.