One of the advantages of age, of having lived a bit and gone through some difficult times, is that you learn that things change — often for the better. The broken love affair that you left you convinced that your life was over fades into the past and someone new comes along to make your heart sing. The chemo ends, the tests come back cancer-free, and you get back your hair and your energy. The difficult boss gets a promotion and you never have to deal with him again. The impossible flat-mate moves away.. I bring this up because so many of us are beset with despair — I often am — over the current state of our country and our world.
There is going to come a day when you can spend as much time as you like on social media and not see his bloated, orange face or his ridiculous, embarrassing combover. There is going to come a day when his lies won’t be daily news and not because they’ve become “the new normal.” There is going to come a day when our government won’t be in thrall to Russia and when the 1% can’t just buy Senators and members of Congress. I don’t know exactly how or when those changes will occur, but I do know that things change and this madman won’t be in power forever. (My strong suspicion is that he won’t be in power much longer.)
So don’t give up. Find, as Frederick Buechner said, the place where “your deep gladness meets the world’s great hunger,” and take actions both magical and “mundane” to address that. For me, this week, it was both Full Moon magic to bring about the changes our electoral system needs and getting together with good friends and addressing postcards to voters in Alabama. What is it for you?
“You must find the place where your deep gladness meets the world’s great hunger.” ~ Frederick Beuchner