Mourning and Moving Forward


shutterstock_558143062.jpgI am sure it comes as no shock but I’ve been in a bit of mourning with the current political climate. I don’t know that it is even so much the results of the election but the sheer ugliness and divisiveness being expressed towards anyone that has different views. Being totally transparent, yes I was disappointed by the results of the election. However I know that we are not always going to get our way, you win some and you lose some. I’ve done a good job of sort of blocking it out since then but with the inauguration a whole new wave of ugliness has crept in, not to mention I have no choice but to face reality.

I’m not writing this post to rail against our current officials or trash talk his supporters. That sort of thing plays out on Facebook day in and day out. I’m tired of it. I’m writing this because I need to find a way to move on. I need to find a way to use my voice to share some positivity and tolerance. Many of us are disappointed as of late. Regardless of who had won the election, many of us wonder how anyone could vote for XYZ candidate. However that does not solve anything. Accusations and cruelness only serve to breed more contempt and anger. I’m looking for a higher road. If you’re happy or unhappy do something about it. Use your voice!!!

A couple things I have discovered in the last couple of days:

Countable (website and app)

https://www.countable.us

Helps you to identify your representatives, keep you abreast of current issues, and provides an easy platform to get your voice heard.

Petitions on WhiteHouse.gov

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/#signapetition

You can sign or create a petition that, with enough signatures, will illicit a response from the White House.

A couple last thoughts:

“We have far more in common than that divides us.” Jo Cox.

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi (though I’ve heard he wasn’t the one who said this)

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Random Sunday Rambling

Today is probably going to be more of stream of consciousness type thing rather than a planned out thought process. (Wait, I think that is how I always function?)

This winter has been a beast. The last several years our winters have been rather mild. Some snow here and there. An ice storm to round the season out. Cold but not terribly so. This winter? Ha. It’s been frigid. Temps dropping to the negative numbers thanks to windchill, and snow. So much snow. Thank God I invested in a snowblower this year. It’s been well used. I feel so bad for my dogs because they have a little path we made with the snowblower to give them a chance to get out and do their thing. Half the time little Frank cowers out there and dances in front of the door to just come back inside. Milo doesn’t have room to run around out there since the snow is so deep. Dane is the brave one, my ten pound chihuahua and trudges through it despite the snow being up to his chest. He is shivering by the time he comes in but it seems he needs just the right spot to do his business.

Last night in an effort to wear Milo out I was literally throwing one piece of dog food at a time for him to chase down. He loved it. My dogs love if I sprinkle their kibble on the floor and they have to chase it around. They are so weird. To make them all happy (and prevent scuffles), I put a pile down in front of Dane, one in front of Frank, and threw food for Milo. He would happily bounce after it, sniffing it out if the piece slid under the coffee table. When he came back we’d do different commands: sit, down, paw. I was also working on “come,” since he is awful about that. Yes, this was my Saturday night and I loved it.

I mentioned in my last post how I am working on keeping the focus on the goodness in life. I’ve gone back to reading the book, “The Secret by Rhonda Byrne.” I watched the movie years ago with T and it changed my life. Her and I watched it together. While part of me saw it as cheesy and “new age” something about it struck a chord in me. To sum it up, we are what we think. Not an uncommon concept at all. My return to, “The Secret,” and working on my inner self has been a long time coming. Losing my uncle sparked something inside of me. The reality of how short and precious life is. A reminder that there is so much I want to accomplish yet and I have a limited time to do it in. I want to make my time here on earth count, to improve the lives of those around me, the lives of the people I meet.

Recently people have posted about the rice experiment on Facebook. If you’re not familiar, check it out here. The idea that the energy we put out there can affect so much around us, I knew I needed to get back on track. Hence, reading “The Secret,” and starting my day, every day with gratitude. Before I get out of bed or as I am getting ready in the morning I start thinking of all the things I am thankful for. When I go to bed, I do the same. I am also focusing my energy on what I want out of life. To be a writer, to work from home on my own terms, to be the best person I can be for my pups, for my family, for my friends, for everyone I meet. To make the best out of all situations and to not allow situations or circumstances drag me down.

As I wrap this up for today, I am thankful for the delicious breakfast I cooked, the coffee I drank, and the puppy snuggles that started my day.