Every election cycle (which is pretty much endless these days) I hear the argument that we citizens should be grateful for whoever is put into political office but the outcome of election’s is “God’s will”. Then, when their guy loses, some of those people get tied up in knots because either they don’t really believe what they’re preaching or God didn’t choose their candidate and that’s just unacceptable. How DARE God not choose the politician who most uses his name to make money and get votes and control people’s personal lives? Harumph!
Now that we have 45 in the White House I’ve heard it again, but less this time (probably because I’ve allowed some people to leave my life and others to enter). But, in all honesty, I can actually see it. Oh, not because 45 will do God’s will in, well, anything ever but because our great citizens have been complacent for long enough!
We’ve allowed the government full reign over everything! Improvements were happening slowly. We’d made progress on protecting the environment and on human rights. Women’s concerns were being taken almost seriously. Corporations were learning they had to act right by their consumers AND employees! But it was slow and there were those fighting every step of the way to resume a way of destruction.
So now we have 45. Donald J. Trump. Stephen Bannon. Rex Tillerson. A whole slew of the worst filth humanity has to offer in charge of our nation and reversing every human rights and environmental gain that’s been made in the last, well, ever. How can this possibly be God’s will?
Well, look outside the government. Look to the people. We’re waking up! We the People are getting involved! In our communities, our local governments, our environment. Every time 45 announces another human right or government program he wants to eliminate, the people move en masse to prevent disaster. We have NEVER seen this kind of involvement! Eliminate funding to Planned Parenthood? They take in a year’s worth of donations in one weekend. Eliminate funding to women’s health care providers in underdeveloped nations? Donations skyrocket there, too. Lock up American citizens and permanent residents and green card holders because of where their plane flew in from? Watch as people storm the airports to free those wrongfully held! Lawyers donated their services to help release people!
We can’t even keep up with all of the harmful, hateful garbage this administration is getting past us! It’s too much too quickly! Their only chance is to keep us dizzy and distracted, and they are good at that. But there are enough of us ready to fight back that we can mitigate a lot of the harm.
So maybe that is God’s will. Get everyone awake and active and participating in our local communities and helping all who come our way. It’s a shame it took something so destructive to wake us up but we’re here now. And we’ll do everything we can to stop this group from destroying the only world we have.
Saturday afternoon I received some bad news. It’s not that it was unexpected news. I knew it could happen this early. But I hadn’t thought about it in a while and thought I had a few more months. When I learned the extra time was not to be, I had to move forward with planning for this new circumstance.
Unfortunately I don’t handle bad news well. It’s Tuesday evening now and I’ve had this knot in my shoulder since Sunday morning! But I’m finally moving forward with some alternate plans. Not enough yet but it’s a start! And I have a month to work things out.
Saturday was also closing night of Tyler’s play! I only got to see 2 shows but it was opening night and closing night so those are the 2 I would have chosen. He had a great time and he is sad it’s over but I know he’s happy, too. He’s missed a lot of sleep the last couple of months! But the next project will come up very soon (he’s involved with 2 local theaters and the new drama program at his high school… it won’t be long!) and once again he will never be home and will wish he could take a nap.
Riley is doing awesome! Having three part time teachers rather than 1 full time teacher doesn’t seem to be bothering her at all. Plus she’s in practice for the Special Olympics Equestrian event. We were there earlier this evening and they finally took the lead rope off the horse! She was riding independently in the spring but her new coach had never worked with her before. The show is in 4 weeks and we’re already excited!
As for me, the word is stress! Yesterday Riley had therapy so I spent 3 hours in the waiting room! The last hour was pretty nice but before then, ugh! I really wanted to suggest to that other mom that her verbal reprimands were going unheeded and perhaps he would respond better to distraction or some other option but decided to just shut up with the unsolicited advice. Because, seriously, almost nobody wants to hear it!
I’m trying to take my stress out on planning for the future, cleaning up my home, and crafting. I did have a bag of M&Ms yesterday. Chocolate just seemed the thing to do at the time! But I kicked my butt this morning during my workout 🙂 I was also hoping a good workout would help this painful knot in my shoulder. I guess it helped some. It’s gone from knotted kite string to knotted shoe string so that’s something!
Maybe this week I’ll share a craft I’ve been working on. But then the question becomes, which one! Greeting card? Clock? Jewelry? Bookmark? Decisions, decisions, so many decisions!
So what is? Change! Always change! Ready or not, something WILL change! What was? Tyler’s play. My procrastination. The lead rope from Riley’s horse! What could be? The beautiful (yet terrifying) thing is I have no idea!