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2016 done and DONE….

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Most of my family and friends are elated and are celebrating ‘that person’ who will become the next President.  I can’t even say his name.

I watch his cabinet picks.  It’s like we are living in Opposites World.

I listen to his ‘campaign manager’ divert every question and never actually answer a question and I am disgusted.  This might be the norm.  I’m not sure.  Normally I avoid politics.  But unfortunately,  for my husband, this year was different.

It seems that there is nothing ‘that person’  does that will make the ‘Obama/Democrat/Liberal’ haters acknowledge wrong doing.

This is where our country is at.  The consensus is that NOTHING he says or does is worse than anything ‘They do’ or have done

So we tolerate his lies, his childish tweets and his  Bullying.

But Republicans won the Senate so it’s all worth it right.???

Just to be clear.  I am not an Obama Lover or a Hillary Lover nor am I a Liberal.   I don’t affiliate with any party.  For many reasons.  First, Politicians lie.  Second, I find bits and pieces of all parties to be beneficial.

I love the United States of America but I am currently ashamed of the behavior of a large majority of the people who live here.  I am ashamed that we have elected  … ‘that person’…. to be our next President.   He can’t even finish a full sentence without the same repetitive adjectives.  I’m not sure he’s ever uttered a complete sentence.

How does this affect me personally?

Besides the obvious world issues where I think he’s going to create major chaos in, chaos that his supporters are also going to feel, I’m struggling with being friends with people who are not only ok and accepting his awful behavior but are compelled to defend him and vilify anyone who dares to stand up and call him out.

This election has sadly made me realize just how un-aligned I am in heart beliefs  with so many people that I am close to.  Thoughts and beliefs have been expressed that I didn’t even know existed.

Truth revealed that can not be unseen.

To all people and to my children and grand children I say this:   Raise the Bar.  Don’t accept disrespectful bullies ever.  No matter what position of authority they are in.   Best Friend,  Casual Friend, boyfriend, parent, spouse, teacher, principal, congressmen, senator OR the President of the United States.  Don’t accept it in your private life and don’t accept it in your public life.  Use any platform you have to denounce this kind of behavior.

Thoughts

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My granddaughter tells me that she wishes she could have a different brain because hers does things she doesn’t like.

Especially when she’s trying to fall asleep.  She tells it to be quiet and it just keeps thinking about things like  Monsters and the Little Dinosaur that fell into the raging river with his Daddy, who drowned.  Then she gets all sad and can’t sleep because her brain won’t listen to her and it never stops thinking.

She is pounding her little fists on her forehead as she tells me this.   She is only 4 but can articulate and is insightful in ways that astound me.

I am 47 and have not figured out to make my brain stop thinking and creating scenarios that are completely untrue.

Turns out I’m not the only one.

 

The Bandaid has been ripped off!

And it hurt.

 

Like millions of Americans I watched the election with enough anxiety to wipe out a country.  I wasn’t going to vote.  I’ve never voted.  I live in a state where the vote for President barely counts.  But as I saw the numbers leaning towards trump I threw on my shoes and raced to the polls.  I was the last and only one there.  They were folding up chairs and putting away the coffee and donuts.  Yes, in my little town,  we get coffee and donuts when we vote.

I voted for Hillary.  Thinking maybe my ONE vote would change the world.  Yeah.

I’m embarrassed to say that I have been so obsessed with the Presidential Election that I didn’t have a clue there’d be so many local people to vote for.  It ignorantly didn’t even occur to me to be informed.   So I voted every other.  Give both parties a chance.  Democrat.  Then Republican. If I was going to vote blindly, I at least wanted to be fair.

And I voted to legalize marijuana.  That just seemed like good timing.

Went home and slapped my ‘I voted’ sticker on a bottle of wine and drank.  Stunned.  Like just about everyone.  Sick to my stomach with the knowledge that our world that we live in has just flipped itself upside down.  Some may be happy about that, but myself, I really liked the fantasy of a classy President and Family.  One that hasn’t boasted about grabbing women by their …. well, you know and without their consent (this seems like an important point).

That said.  Unless the moon falls out of the sky, he is going to be the President.  I think we can handle it.  I’ve been in BAD relationships that lasted longer than four years and survived.

Facebook.  That’s another story.  I’m not sure I can survive Facebook and the cruel awful generalized judgements and blanket statements that are being hurled back and forth between all sides.  Losers and Winners.  GAH.  STOP.  I can’t believe I’m saying this but I miss the good ‘ole days of Selfies and Recipe posts.

People be kind!!  Raise the bar a little.

Trumps  campaign caused people to fear each other, provoking anger and division where there was once the beginnings of love and peace but now he has an opportunity to change that.  And I hope he does.  Maybe the Whitehouse will make him a better man.  Everyone deserves the chance to change.

I hope I reread this post in a couple of years and am given the chance to eat my words.  I hope he really is Great.  For America and all its People I Pray he really is Great.

Inhale.  Exhale.  It’s all good.

inhale

 

 

Pandora’s Box

cropped-baby2.jpgI sat at a restaurant and listened to a family member vomit racist comments until I was banging my head on the table and begging her to stop.  We were discussing the election.

This election feels like nothing I’ve ever experienced.

A Pandora’s box has been opened.  Will there be hope left after its closed?  There has to be.

Have we changed or have  these thoughts and feelings been lurking just under the surface, of so many people we know and love, and are now bursting forth in the form of offensive meme’s and hateful comments on social media?  I think both.

Fear.  That fire has been fanned and encouraged.

America won’t be made greater with more hate and venom.

America will be made greater with empathy and love.

THAT and a little less late night sharing on Twitter.

 

 

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