I had stepped away from posting for these past few weeks for a variety of reasons. These included family responsibilities as well as other factors.
But one big reason – and the thing that had me finally take to the keyboard again – is seeing so much divisiveness and negativity continuing long after the election. We’re only days away from the new President from taking office and still there are polls calling for a special election, celebrities saying how they’re flaunting the inauguration, racial incidents occurring across the country and a pervasive atmosphere of fear and uncertainty that spills out in practically every conversation, article and news item you see, read or hear.
Although I risk being lambasted (at best) by readers and critics alike for what I’m about to offer, still I feel it’s important that it be said.
Whether or not you or I “like” or approve of the new incoming President is, at this point, irrelevant. He IS the new President of the United States and, for now at least, there’s nothing we can do about that.
Truly it behooves us to stop the contentiousness and honor the office of the President, if not the man who fills it. We MUST come together as a country – if only for our own well-being and that of our young people who look to us and our behavior as examples. This country has weathered a tremendously bitter electoral campaign that divided so many and brought out the very worst in people. We saw, felt and heard racism, bigotry and hate in our schools (and still see it) and on the news. It’s always been around, but it took center stage and, unfortunately, it hasn’t fully left.
It’s time to ask the bigger questions: what can we do TOGETHER to make things better – for our families, our neighborhoods, our states, our country? What do we envision for our future – for our wildlife, our environment, our kids education? What can WE DO as individuals to make any and all of this happen?
We’re seeing the shenanigans that our politicians are currently doing. Clearly if we want to have a cohesive, stable, improved and healthy future, it’s up to each of us to do our part to make that happen.
Not to be too corny about it, but JFK really did say it best when he said “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” Translate that into as small a chunk (or medium sized if you like) as will work for you. But DO SOMETHING that will make something better.
If you, I, we do, we will ensure that things really do get better to some degree. Never forget that one person, or a few people together, really DO make a difference. That means you…