Today marks 12 years since my mom passed and I’m dedicating this post to her. She was an eternal optimist who always looked for and found, the good in people and in life.
There was a time I did a lot of blogging, here and for Huff Post, on US politics. I finally gave it up because it was making me tense and angry and I decided I wanted to change the channel.
I didn’t only stop blogging about it, I stopped watching the news — primarily CNN, where’s there’s an endless loop of misery 24/7. I haven’t stopped watching completely but I have cut back dramatically. There are days now when I don’t watch at all, weeks when I only tune in once or twice, and only for the briefest time — maybe an hour.
It’s not that I don’t care or that I’m not interested, I’m a political junkie, always have been and always will be. And frankly, regardless of where in the world we live, Trump affects all of us to some degree — trade policies, for example. He’s also managed to bring out the ugly, hateful side of people everywhere, even here in Canada The Good, I’m sorry to say. So we can’t and shouldn’t totally ignore what’s going on.
But there’s a limit to how much of it one can take — especially when there’s nothing I can do about it. As a Canadian, I can’t even vote, much as I’d love to. I have no voice. All I can do is commiserate and support and encourage all my American friends who are stepping up, getting involved and doing everything in their power to bring about positive change. And that I do.
As if what’s happening — not only south of the border, but globally isn’t awful enough, the relentless “bad news” coverage is blocking the good news from ever reaching us. There are good and kind and generous people out there, there are good things happening, there is positive, exciting, inspiring news, there is a lot of creativity and innovation, but we don’t hear about it — or at least not very often.
And that’s been my mission for a while now. To find it. Enjoy it. And share it.
So I’m cramming as many museum visits and documentary screenings and seminars and lectures and authors’ talks and other performances as I can into my days and nights. I’m meeting up with friends and family and former colleagues for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, coffees, and cocktails as often as possible. I am looking for the light.
Seems I’m not alone, either. I hear from so many of my followers and social media friends that they are on a similar quest. And this past Sunday, “focusing on the light” was the subject of Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper. I’ve subscribed for about a year, maybe more, and I love all her posts. But this one really hit home. Do yourselves a favour and read it here. I promise you’ll be glad you did.
What have you seen or read or heard about that’s positive or exciting or innovative? Something to look forward to, or be encouraged by? I’m all ears.