I went off the grid for almost two weeks and returned to the dumpster fire that is the daily news cycle.
And damn, does it get me angry, frustrated and down.
It’s so overwhelming. I mean what can you do?
I mean, yes, I can scroll We Rate Dogs, the Dodo, and look at my photo library.
But the relief doesn’t last very long.
While I wish I could visit and comfort all kids who have been forcibly separated from their parents, send Epstein’s money and unlimited counseling services to all of his victims, tell all of the political pundits to shut the fuck up until a month before the election, house every endangered animal species and make sure they’re safe, and bitch slap every misogynist, racist, classist, homophobic asshole, I have to understand that I can’t.
And fuck, that’s frustrating.
But instead of getting more pissed and angry, I realize that I need to focus on what I CAN do to counter all of the negative words, actions and deeds that get the attention of the media.
I can take my little corner of the world and make it as positive a place to be as I possibly can.
I can say hello and smile to people while I walk my dogs. I can show my kids unconditional love. I can offer an egg, a lift, a helping hand to the people around me. I can be an emotional support at work. I can demonstrate politeness, respect and courtesy. I can model generosity and humor.
And I’m not so jaded yet to think that I am one of few.
So when I find them, I will do my best to befriend them. We will weave our histories, intertwine our beliefs, share our visions and creeds.
We’ll establish a network. Connected through love, passion, reason, generosity, compassion, altruism. And the bond will be so strong that nothing can break it. When one falls, we will pick her up. When another falters, we will rally to support him.
Although it seems like these beliefs are outdated and on the threshold of extinction, I know we are out there.
I know you are out there.
Will you join?