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Sunday, August 23rd 2020

10:00 AM

Don't Fool Yourself

Read on if you're tired of hearing the statement, "This country is in a crisis." Perhaps you're thinking that everything was copasetic in the past, and given enough time all will be well in the future. "So all you doom and gloom people shut up!" Ha! Don't fool yourself, or to put it in current vernacular: "You're being pumped." I would understand it as, "You're being duped." If history teaches us anything, it's that things can get much worse. So, I'm going to offer some simple thoughts on what you can do about the vast array of our current predicaments. This is just a base, I hope you'll go on from here. Move toward what feels right to you. Be something (no matter how small) of the change you wish to see in the world.





The Pandemic - you know the drill, if nothing else, wear a mask. The economic recession - don't throw out leftovers. Social injustice - find someone of a different skin color and smile at them. Laws being clouded or completely ignored - stop at every stop sign, or let someone else go first into the store or onto the bus. The media under assault - listen to news on your favorite channel and add another with a differing point of view. Do this at least once. Culture wars - find an Ethiopian restaurant and order takeout. Insert any culture you're not familiar with and strike up a conversation with the staff. Our planet growing warmer than we can cope with - put a plant in your living quarters. Already have a plant? Get another. I've started outside weeding so my plants can breathe. The continuing undoing of our institutions - drop a note to your congressional representative and/or your senator in support of our Post Offices. Bungling authoritarian legislators - After screaming that they can "kiss your ass", make sure your vote counts. Like physically vote, utilize your state's mail-in instructions, or find the local drop box. I'm going to talk with our local board of conversers in the first week of September, so I'll know what they'll accept as a legit vote.





I'm going to close with an Apache Blessing. "May the sun bring you new energy by day. May the moon softly restore you by night. May the rain wash away your worries. May the breeze blow new strength into your being. May you walk gently through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life!"





From a personal perspective, I'll also add: May you have the foresight to improve yourself. Do it slowly and gently so the improvement becomes permanent.





All good thoughts,





Etienne



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