Let’s face it, it has been a very difficult week. Like many Americans I’m disappointed and angry, and extremely worried about the state of affairs in this country. I’m reeling from the election results, and wonder what the future will bring. Health insurance? Immigration? The environment? Everything seems tenuous at the moment, and there are far more questions than answers as we teeter forward. Fear and uncertainty have gripped many of us, and who knows how long it will take to feel safe again. The thought of crawling into bed and burrowing under the covers became more and more appealing as the week wore on. And on top of all that, Leonard Cohen died.
I need a dose of joy in my life and I need it now.
So tomorrow, I’m making a few changes:
* No more wallowing in despair of what may or may not occur as the reigns of power change hands in America.
* No more hours spent watching political pundits try to explain, justify, blame, or rehash the events of the past few weeks.
* No more refreshing Facebook every hour to find the latest post that will spiral me into despair or infuriate, frighten, or sadden me.
* No more drowning my sorrows in Ben and Jerry’s or lying in bed staring at the ceiling.
I’ve stewed in negativity long enough.
Tomorrow I’m taking my dog on a hike which both of us desperately need. I’m going to pay attention to trees, the sky, the trail, the smell of the fresh air. I’m going to take a news break. I’m going to a craft show so I can be inspired by creativity, skill, and artistry. I’m going to go out of my way to smile at people and make every encounter pleasant. I’m going to listen to my favorite Leonard Cohen songs while I knit or sketch or paint.
I’m going to remember that while I can’t control the world around me, I can control how I respond to it.
I can find joy if that’s what I choose to look for.
It’s out there. Waiting for me.
Waiting for all of us.