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This is what democracy looks like

Truth be told, I’ve never been proud to be American.

I’ve traveled enough to know how privileged we are, and how much we take for granted about our rights and our expected standard of living. I’ve also traveled enough to feel a bit of “American shame” at the way we – to completely overgeneralize – as a nation presume we’re a bit better and better off than at least many other people, if not everyone else.

But I’ve never felt that sense of “American pride.” Maybe because I was raised by hippie parents. I don’t really know.

What I do know is that I felt it this past weekend.

I went to the Women’s March on Washington. It was amazing and uplifting. I’ve heard it described as “defiant and jubilant.” That’s what I experienced. Everyone was warm and friendly. Army personnel and police officers directing traffic were high-fiving. Crowds were waving and cheering from windows and stoops.

When we finally started marching – wherever we could, because there were too many people to actually march – the chanting started. I had a few favorite chants, but the one that’s stuck with me since:

“Tell me what democracy looks like.”
“This is what democracy looks like.”

That’s when it sunk in. This is what democracy looks like. This is what democracy is.

As I marched and chanted – as I exercised my rights, guaranteed to me in the Bill of Rights – I realized that I was proud to be American. I am proud to be an American.

We are lucky to be able to raise our voices. We are lucky to be able to march in protest, and chant and be heard.

It was an outrageously amazing experience, to exercise my rights and be part of this democracy. Good or bad, this is what democracy looks like.

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What’s the big deal anyway?

It’s New Year’s Day.

To many people, that’s a big deal. They’ve made their resolutions. It’s a new start. Things will be different from here on in.

It’s not a big deal to me.

My child told me that that might be because I try to be intentional every day. Who knows? I only know that I haven’t made a New Year’s resolution in years.

Yeah, I may have decided that I’ll make an even more conscious effort to drink in the good around (and within) me every day. I may have determined that I want to be even more joyful and positive, and to see what’s working and abundant rather than not working and lacking. I may have planned to laugh more, play more, guffaw more, giggle more, joke more, and frolic more.

But these aren’t resolutions to me, because I started them all last week. Or the week before. Or next week. Or ongoing.

Maybe today is a new start. I applaud you if you’re making changes for your better. But for me New Year’s is one more time to count my blessings, live my fullest, and laugh out loud.

You are all in my blessings list. Happy New Year!

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I’m coming up for air…

A friend texted me today. “Everything ok?” she asked. “No posts for a few days and I got worried for a minute I fell off your list.”

I just couldn’t post last week. I didn’t know what to say.

I don’t want to get political, but I was hit hard by this election. I won’t go into it here in depth, but it floored me in a way I didn’t expect. My heart hurt. My mind ached. I couldn’t believe what had happened and what was happening. And I dropped out of circulation.

I couldn’t post cheery posts, or positive posts; they didn’t seem right as people protested in the streets. I couldn’t post posts about my challenges or struggles; they seemed to pale in comparison. I didn’t know what to say. I couldn’t talk about life as if it was normal, or as if I was okay.

I let it be. I let myself be. I let myself be silent (at least on the outside). I hoped that somehow I would find a way through – to the hope and the love and the joy and peace I know so often.

And then my fog lifted. Somehow on Monday morning I was graced with hope again. I’m not sure why. I’m not sure how. But I’m way grateful to be grateful again.

I’ve decided that it will all, somehow, be okay. Our country will come together and love will prevail. I won’t sit on the sidelines. I’ll do what I have to and all I can. But love will prevail.

I’m coming up for air. I’m coming back to remind myself (and anyone else who’s listening) that there is love and joy and beauty and fun and play in this world. And that I can make a difference. And that we will all be all right.

I’m coming up for air.

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