LIFE ~ as it is ~ I have learned to work with ‘what is’ . That does not always mean I am ‘resistant’ or ‘passive’. What it does mean is that I try to find a way to ‘be in the moment’ do my best with it. I and all of us have that choice. We can choose to be miserable because our leader is so frustrating or we can live life well despite the situation. We can also ‘resist’ and be a bit more proactive if that is called for with some situations.
The photo above was the catalyst that initiated my thinking about life and a phrase from Alcoholics Anonymous ~ an acronym ~ F E A R ~ translated to ‘False Evidence Appearing Real came to mind. What appears most real in this photograph to me at first is the very fine branches that appear to not be bearing fruit and do not seem very attractive ~ yet I find them beautiful. Juxtaposed with the thin branches is the full frilly white leaves appearing more healthy and, perhaps, is like a ‘gestalt’ ~ what do you see first?. My grandmother frequently had another phrase ~ ‘All that glitters is not Gold’ so I learned at a rather young age to see and hear the beauty that was real despite what might be the most shiny or loudest around me.
In life I see the beauty in both the thin brown branches and the frilly golden like branches. Yet I would prefer the simplicity of the ‘thin brown branches’ over the other. I find in life I am drawn to the beauty of ‘simplicity’ whether in words, photos, clothes, people or any object or situation. I look for the real, the solid, the truth, especially in a person. As I age, I am becoming more and more selective in how I spend my time, my energy and who I spend that time with is significant to me as well.
When the United States election results came out the next morning after I had gone to bed with the thought Clinton would win, I was appalled ~ I still am. The difference is now I don’t waste my energy on his verbiage by reading everything that is reported. It all seems so unreal that I have my own conflict of the ‘need to know’ and the need to have a peaceful day. I do what I can to resist this ‘nut case’ and his cohorts and am deeply concerned with it all. Yet, I am going have hope that ‘this too shall pass’ and quickly. Hopefully, a real leader will arise and America will be healthy again and real ~ not perfect ~ real. Definitely not ‘frilly’ with no substance.
When I reflect on the man we call ‘president’ of the United States, I am very disillusioned and wonder what is happening to the United States’s democracy. The man talks, sounds and seems to think like an autocrat. After the election, an acquaintance, I see when taking a walk on the boulevard by the harbor, was thrilled and began a rant ~ my response ~ ‘Well, I hope he doesn’t ‘sell us down the river’. Hmm ~ now feel, in less than 1oo days, that just might be happening.
Have done what I can ~ contacting senators, state representatives, sent letters ~ next is a post card ~ yet I feel alone floating on top of an iceberg and constantly feeling the ‘need to know’ and then flipping to ‘I can not stand any more of this man’s inept behavior.’ The latest being barring certain medias from one of his conferences and allowing in others. This is America? Land of the Free? Home of the Brave? Can this be happening here. Yes, ‘Dorothy’ it IS happening.
I want a new President one I can respect, believe, to guide us down a healthy democratic path. What do you want? What do you think will happen? Could happen? The ‘Emperor has no worthwhile clothes on.’ Even little children are reflecting and asking questions. What will be the answer? I am still reflecting.
‘Sometimes, carrying on, just carrying on is the superhuman achievement.’
~ Albert Camus
I sit here in the midst of a Winter storm about to arrive and am reflecting on experiencing the power going out for 10 secs and then returning. I do have a generator, gratefully, as I am not fond of being in the darkness alone with my Yorkie and with a major pending snowstorm due to arrive tonight. Amazing how storms can be a ‘great awakener.’
I rather enjoy my solitude most of the time. Especially, when I have been out socializing. I once read in a book entitled IDLE THOUGHTS OF AN IDLE FELLOW that ‘idleness is only good when it is stolen.’ How true, as I am not a hermit and don’t want to be. Yet, life has ‘dealt the cards’ and I must work them and continue to make a life of my own. Fortunately, gratefully, I have arrived in my later years having had 3 major loves in my life and a son as a product of one of those relationships and much else to treasure. All three are in the ‘nether world’ and yet their memories warm my heart. Now, I am enjoying the peaceful life I have. I choose what I want to do, with whom I spend my time and where that time is spent.
Yet, when the power went out it gave a jolt of ‘oh, no’ not this and then generator kicked in or power came on itself ~ Relief. It is one thing to choose to meditate with eyes closed and let the thoughts come and go; quite another to have it forced upon one for hours and have to sit in darkness, read by candlelight or find others things to do. So hopefully, that generator is working properly. How spoiled we have become with all the ‘toys’ we can entertain ourselves if we have electricity? Don’t you think we might need the Environmental Protection Agency to protect our electricity and natural resources?
‘Change is the one constant in life.’ You can count on it. With the USA election results, I do believe as Betty Davis said in her movie NOW VOYAGER’ ~ ‘Fasten your seat belts, we are in for a rough ride. Enough major change for now, thanks.
‘The happiness of all lives is a busy solitude.’ ~ Voltaire
We all need individual boundaries for our mind, body and spirit. Healthy boundaries give one a strong sense of self and safety and ability to interact with others. Most people have good boundaries and are comfortable interacting socially. There are those who for whatever reason are more isolated and choose not to interact much socially. Where is the balance? Only an individual can choose provided they are of sound mind and not suffering from some pathology.
There are many life situations and differences in personalities that elicit a need for excessive boundaries. It is a way to protect one from being hurt or threatened because of insecurity. So too are there ways to heal from life’s ‘curve balls ‘that we all deal with at sometime in journeying on our path.Yet, most of us don’t build a moat around ourselves or our castle.
Thus, my reflection is on wondering why our country would need to build ‘walls,’ ‘boundaries to keep out other people? Have travel bans on special groups of people to keep them out? Yes, monitor closely those coming in and out of the country. Isolate? I think not. Our Statue of Liberty is an icon welcoming others from other cultures. They bring new ideas and expand our country. We are all immigrants, except for Native Americans, who have suffered needlessly and continue to be treated abusively. When does bigotry stop and where does it end? No pipelines, please, you can’t drink oil. No walls, the people are taxed enough ~ Billionaires have no financial concerns~ they have so much money they could end poverty if it wasn’t for their own greed. Walls? Use them appropriately to keep the ocean from consuming the earth, to keep people safe but not because one wants to isolate us from the rest of the world. Yes, good , healthy boundaries, make good neighbors ~ not a prison.
I WONDER, AS I WANDER ~ WHO ARE WE BECOMING?????
LAND OF THE FREE
America has been beautiful, not perfect, but a wonderful country. I want it to stay as amazing as it has been as well as increase the quality we have had a history of being. We have progressed led by our democratic leadership and beliefs. Now, it is changing, not for the better.
I watched the Inauguration so that I might hear first hand the Presidential speech. It was a speech of an aging hippie repeating his campaign rhetoric and speaking not presidentially but more like a twelve year old would. At the risk of sounding myself like that ‘twelve year old’ ~ I was disgusted. I am appalled that my fellow Americans would choose such an individual for President. Yes, perhaps, Clinton would have been more of the ‘same old’ and many people seemed to want a change. Well, they certainly have it coming. Change is the one constant in life. Sometimes, though, that ‘old shoe’ may not be good for the foot but a radical ‘new shoe’ may be even worse for the foot. Don’t think Trump is going to bring healthy changes.
Yes, we have one hundred days to see what comes of this new President. It will be a long one hundred days and I fear it may be the start of the downfall of our country. What more does he need to do before people and his fellow politicians see this Trump person for what he is?
I could ‘rant’ on and on ~ Suffice it to say ~ I don’t think ‘there is any meat under those feathers.’
Or maybe his daughter will show her father the way and do well for us.??????
‘Through the Glass Darkly’
Beyond reflecting for sure ~ It is now a given ~ We now have a leader that is ‘beyond belief’ and ‘the people’ chose him. I am concerned that it is the ‘dumbing down’ of America. I want to believe that this situation will take care of itself in some strange manner.
We are still very much a patriarchal society and the powers that be chose to put this man in rather than a woman. Women did not even ban together to put a woman in the White House. Is this country so focused on ‘material things’ that they lost a sense of ethics, values and a united front for freedom and what this country originally stood for? Or am I seeing through a ‘glass darkly’ and fooling myself that we stood for something unique.
It would appear that greed and power is what the politicians and their cohorts are going to be allowed to focus on more and more; in fact, lose the strength of this country by ‘selling us out.’ I truly want to hope for the best; yet, there is little right now I can hold onto given the political situation. I don’t trust the ‘Commander in Chief’. I have read his resume and I am not impressed.
It definitely remains to be see what the end results will be.