More likely than not the United States will survive the flames of crisis and chaos fanned by the publication of an anonymous op-ed piece in The New York Times and by Bob Woodward’s new book, Fear: Trump in the White House. You may be glued to social media, cable news, or radio to hear the latest spin on these events. In a few days they will be pushed out of the news cycle just as they pushed the Kavanaugh hearings from the top of the news. Meanwhile, you may want to be physically and mentally present somewhere other than in front of a news feed. Here are a few places you may want or need to be. Feel free to suggest others.
- Home sharing a meal with your loved ones
- At your place of work giving one hundred percent to the most mundane tasks
- In your garden, or at the produce market supporting local farmers
- At the beach picking up plastic trash
- At a hospital or nursing home visiting a relative or friend
- In the woods or a neighborhood park listening to the birds and looking for butterflies
- At your place of worship or community involvement joining in the proceedings with focused attention
Spending time in any of these places won’t douse the flames of crisis and chaos, but it may help you see that there are people who need you (or whom you might need) to help keep things in perspective, that there is work to be done, that there is a world that needs our care and attention.
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