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media dropout

letting go feels good. love this “Falling Girls” art from artist Manddy Wyckens.

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resistance

“What you resist not only persists, but will grow in size.” – Carl Jung

 

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Detached

onthewaterIt feels so good to have this pause. In Yoga it’s called “the pause between poses.” I am cherishing having this time to rest, recover, reflect and just BE. What a treat to be able to bring my kids to school, to take them on mini adventures, to make them dinner. Having missed out on all of this for the past five years, I truly appreciate the experience. I’m also detoxing from the media. I’ve cut off the constant stream of vexing information by tuning out from cable news and removing myself from Twitter, Facebook and other social media with the occasional exception on the weekend. I read The New York Times on the weekend and listen to the NYT The Daily podcast most days, but that’s it. Instead of filling my head with garbage, I’m quieting my mind. 

 

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Life is change – growth is optional

The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death. – Anaïs Nin

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Gratitude

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Leave when it’s time to go

Quitting is so hard when you’re not a quitter. Everything in you says don’t be weak, don’t quit. But quitting things that aren’t working can be a creative act. An act of self-respect and the first few lines in your next chapter.

I was raised in the Catholic Church, indoctrinated to follow the GOP. Both have been revealed to be utterly toxic. I accept that – I don’t continue to hold on. As an adult I came to grips with it and made the decision to remove myself from both camps.

We look to institutions to help guide us. But when they not only fail to lead, but go further and actively attack us, why should we keep following them? Why should we continue to support and empower them?

Doing so is self-destructive. Doing so is having fealty to a false illusion. A past that was never as rosy as it seemed.

It’s scary to face the unknown. To step out of our comfort zones into the great wide open … but how lucky to have the chance.

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mccain

I’m surprised at how sad I am about John McCain’s passing. I can’t stop crying. I think I’m not just mourning the man and his ethic of service and sacrifice, but also what feels like the loss of civility, dignity, seriousness and intelligence in American public life.

The Republican Party of my childhood was one of lofty ideals, erudition and egalitarianism. Not without its shortcomings and failures for certain. But back then there were impressive thinkers and leaders who espoused the values of democracy, free markets, personal autonomy, international leadership, and freedom of speech.

Now, with very few exceptions, intelligent people of character and accomplishment have been traded for racists, convicted felons, pedophile sympathizers, reality stars, wife beaters, dopey billionaire donors, and other assorted grifters, miscreants and opportunists.

It has been surprising and disappointing to see people I love follow this fear-mongering, ethically bereft administration convincing themselves that somehow “the ends justify the means.” All the lessons of my life – my religious upbringing, my moral education and the march of history have taught me otherwise.

Rather than dwell on the disappointment of lost illusions, I choose to put my energy into finding positive ways to move forward. One thing I can do is teach my children the power of language, and what real patriotism entails. It’s a tough task, but the rare and shining example John McCain is a good place to start.

“We are citizens of the world’s greatest republic, a nation of ideals, not blood and soil. We are blessed and are a blessing to humanity when we uphold and advance those ideals at home and in the world. We have helped liberate more people from tyranny and poverty than ever before in history, and we have acquired great wealth and power in the progress.

We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe. We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down; when we doubt the power of our ideals, rather than trust them to be the great force for change they have always been.

We are 325 million opinionated, vociferous individuals. We argue and compete and sometimes even vilify each other in our raucous public debates. But we have always had so much more in common with each other than in disagreement. If only we remember that and give each other the benefit of the presumption that we all love our country, we will get through these challenging times. We will come through them stronger than before, we always do.”

–Excerpt from John McCain’s farewell letter.

Full text:
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/08/john-mccains-final-letter-to-america/568669/

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Forgiveness

IMG_0036 (1)Forgiving is the hardest thing in life. It’s been my biggest struggle. I aspire to be fluid. To not hold on to grievances. IT’S SO HARD.

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