I’m finding myself giddy with optimism this week as I anticipate the changes for good that will come as the government fundamentally changes. I also have a deep resurgence of faith in humanity from having seen so many voters turn out to exercise their right to speak. (Thank You!) We have exhibited a new awakening and mindfulness about how we want our civilization to run, how we want our environment to be protected (goodbye Mr. Pombo), how we want to operate in the world at large, and the values that are important to us. When they talk about Ms. Pelosi and her San Francisco values, they think they are being insulting. But San Francisco values mean to me a sense of balance, a caring for others, tolerance and inclusion, an effort toward peace, an emphasis on education. I have a strong belief that now, Republicans and Democrats will be able to solve problems and work together, each side bringing their considerations to the table and finding win-win solutions. After all, that is the benefit of Democracy. Will we see an end to divisiveness? I hope so, and its hard for me to believe, given the recent Blue State/Red State wars that we could ever find our way to the middle again. But I think we can! And if we are no longer divided, we have a chance to enable people to live freer, happier lives, and a chance to hold our heads high again on the world stage. There are many things to be happy about this week, and in the future. What a difference a day makes!
“It is, after all, a simple law of the universe: The more you love the vibrant and defiant and independent-minded gobs of this life, the more those things that are not those things will simper and shiver and wail.” – Mark Morford
There is much mudslinging and name calling these days, much stepping down and pointing fingers, much division and many reasons to just stay home with a bottle of good vodka and a good 3 dozen movies, and try to tune it out. You could not be blamed for wanting to do this.
However, I submit to you that there is much to be hopeful about – much to make you go “cool“, much to make you have faith in humanity, great art, good books, and people out there doing good things, thinking good thoughts, opening their minds and changing the world for the better!
So keeping in mind that what you think about and that which you focus on increases, and has a huge impact on your well-being and the well-being of others, I suggest the following:
Make a list and read it at stop lights, write a sticky note to yourself and put it on your monitor, make a collage from magazines, whatever strikes your fancy – and remind yourself of all the good and positive and life affirming things you can – your friends, the beauty of where you live, the friendliness of strangers – whatever makes *you* smile, feel comforted or brings you joy. Be conscious and aware as you go through your day, and see if you can acknowledge little things that are good – the smell of your Starbucks, the crispness of the air, the fun you’re going to have this weekend. Focus on the good things, the little ones and the big ones, and you will be one of the people making the world a better place.
As Mark says, “It is, after all, all about subtle energy, shifts in awareness, the decision to move forward no matter what. It is all about focusing on micro to affect macro. This much you probably already know. In which case, this year you can simply resolve to, well, continue. To keep on, even when it all seems bleak and fraught and impossibly constricted. Because, sometimes, merely refusing to stop cultivating an unquenchable lust for beauty and truth and orgasmic life is the most profound and important thing you can resolve to do.”