We Are Enough, Strong Enough and We Care Enough to Get Through It

Living in this time of anxiety, with the specter of war hanging over our heads, how do you get through it?

Turning off the television, radio or smart phone and refusing to listen to the news, may give us a break, but the situation is still out there whether we want to accept it or not.  I admit to being a news junkie and have been since I was young, however I’ve become weary of the sensationalism of the “breaking news.”

If you are seasoned enough, as am I, to remember when television shut off at midnight, maybe we should go back to it and eliminate the constant pounding of one crisis after another, all brought to us in living and too often, bloody color.

Were you around during the Cuban Missile Crisis?  We stockpiled food and water, some built bomb shelters and our schoolchildren were taught to duck under their desks.  Such days of innocence!  From that era, Survivalists emerged and they, to this day, stockpile goods for the supposed coming apocalypse.

Dwelling on thoughts of doom are like letting fear invade one’s mind rent free.  When this happens, action is needed.  Go for a walk and find joy, or at least something of beauty.  I am always delighted to see the tenacity of plants who push through the cracks in sidewalks or driveways.  If those tiny leaves can do it, surely we can find a distraction in small nature and have the strength to stand up to threats.

We all need joy in our lives and sometimes it shows up in tiny ways and other times in hearing a choir sing stirring songs that touch our souls, or the treasure of a young child who loves his “nana,” or whatever you are called.  Hope comes in on the wings of love, wanting this precious little one to have a life without fear.

My friends, we can and will get through this perilous time, because we are strong.  Just think of the anthem we sang not two days ago.  We face peril and defeat it, we face fear and stare it down.  We embrace all that is good in our world and celebrate it.

We have the will and the way to get through any danger when we all pull together.  Hold your head up for newly arrived or Mayflower descendants, we are strong and we are Americans.

Americans never give up, never give in –  Let’s keep the Spirit of 1776 going strong!

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  1. There will always be threat and there will always be joy. You have to be wise to the threat, but choose to spend your mental energy on the joy. Otherwise what’s the point of fighting so hard to survive?

  2. I just returned from visiting British Columbia, the Yukon Territory, and Alaska. It was difficult to get news in that area of the world. Additionally, we were all struck by the polite and caring folks we met everywhere. There was no rancor or ugliness. In fact, I can’t remember one unpleasant interaction. The people were gracious, polite and very proud of their “space.” I was impressed by the pristine condition of all the places we visited. We may no longer be part of the Paris Climate Accord but the only people I met were determined not to spoil our world. I think “this, too, shall pass.”

  3. I will not allow the crazy, political crisis effect my life. Does it concern me, certainly, but I refuse to live in fear.