How often can we say, “I learned something today?” I’m talking deep down thought-provoking real learning moments.

A Cataclysmic Shift

You know how when you see something really disturbing and you know you should look away but you just can’t.  You’re hypnotized. It’s like binge watching episodes of “Hoarders” and thinking OMG! but you can’t convince yourself to change the channel. It’s like that. I am saturating my brain trying to understand what happened, how did the United States reach this point, this great cataclysmic shift?

I’ve been lost in my thoughts for days and I’ve been binge watching panel conversations and reading article after article trying to grab on to some kind of understanding.  To learn something from both sides of the table because there are always two sides to every story, right?

It’s so easy to judge, isn’t it? And way too easy to lay the blame on someone else’s door. I will own to throwing around some serious judgement of late, mostly born out of anger and frustration. I liken recent election events to being on an emotional roller coaster and I think we’re all more than nauseous. I try to hold on to the knowledge that people are inherently good, so along with trying to find some path of reason in all of this chaos, I’m also fighting an internal struggle of understanding without judgement. Whew… it’s a tough path to define; that sense of balance.

I’ve included the above video not to make a political statement but because after all of the binge watching, this is the one conversation that actually helped.  It clarified several points and enabled me to say, “I learned something today.” And, because I believe many people on both sides of the table are looking for answers, as are many people from around the world watching this unfold, I thought I’d make it available. The panelists offer several perspectives and from the conversation I was able to clear the cobwebs a bit. It didn’t make me feel better, but it did lead to some understanding. It is a full-length panel conversation of 45 minutes.

How to Make a Difference

After days – and days – of emotional roller coaster induced nausea as a result of said cataclysmic shift, I’m trying to fight my way out of the fog.  And, I’m trying to learn how to move forward and how I can make a difference.  I want to make sure I never again feel as if I’ve been hit by that damn MAC Truck!  I know how frustrating it is to feel as if your voice isn’t being heard, so I went looking for answers on how each of us can make a difference and I found many good ideas.

  1. Read. Stay informed.
  2. Compile a list of reputable news sources.  Fake News Sources
  3. Fight complacency.
  4. Follow and support – thru social media – organizations that make a difference.
  5. Research the history of marginalization in the US.
  6. Make a commitment to stay engaged and keep the dialogue going.
  7. Make phone calls and write letters to your representatives on a regular basis.  Senate   Congress
  8. Volunteer in your community.
  9. Donate to organizations that make a difference.  Organizations
  10. Get involved in a local municipal race.
  11. Speak up when you witness an injustice.
  12. Boycott businesses that support bigotry.  Businesses

The very essence of democracy is to make your voice heard, to stand strong no matter which side of the table you’re on – red, blue, libertarian, green or purple.  Frankly, I would love – LOVE – to see at least 3 or 4 viable political parties arise from this cataclysmic shift because then I think believe more people would feel their voice and vote does in fact matter.  And, then maybe this choke hold of complacency in the US would lessen and maybe we wouldn’t get to this place again.  That’s a simple and optimistic tune I’m singing, I know, but there’s always hope.

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