It’s gloomy out here. The snow. Temperatures to freeze a polar bear or roast a pig. Another government shutdown looming. Mistrust and hate hanging like storm clouds over family reunions, Washington, D.C, and your state capitol. Regardless of differing persuasions, we could use some rays of sunlight — things to cheer us up. Things to help us take ourselves a little less seriously.
If You’re BLUE . . .
#9 Start the day by taking your rescue dog (or Portuguese Water Dog) for a walk
#8 Forget you live in a Red state.
#7 Imagine yourself in San Francisco
#6 When Uncle George comes for Thanksgiving, show him your Bernie sign
#3 Write one more nasty e-mail to Sean Hannity
#2 Bike over to Ben & Jerry’s to join The Resistance
#1 Move to Havana
If You’re RED . . .
10. When you call it a day, remember you won in 2016
9. Rising to meet the morning, forget you lost in 2018
8. Join the local MAGA 2020 committee
7. Spend the day watching FoxNews
6. Forget you live in a Blue state! Tune in to Rush.
5. When pro gun-control Aunt Gladys comes for Thanksgiving, make sure she faces the wall with your NRA poster
5. Send a letter and $10 to the Roger Stone Defense Committee
4. Write another nasty letter to CNN and Nancy Pelosi
3. Check www.whitehouse.gov for the latest news.
2. Have dinner at Chik-fil-A to support biblical principles
1. Move to Moscow
Whether you’re blue or red or purple, be positive. Cheer up. It could get worse. Do your civic duty.
Stay right where you are. Take deep breaths. Don’t drink or smoke too much . . . well, maybe just a little. Eat healthy meals. Take a nap every day. Listen deeply. Speak, as best you can, in ways that won’t send Uncle George or Aunt Gladys out the door in a huff. Be as patient with others as your dog is with you. And, when all else fails, remember the question put to those who were certain they were right. “How can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye? Before you take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye, take the log out of your own” [Jesus of Nazareth; Gospel of Matthew 7:4-5 NRSV].
If you want to stop turning red as a beet and getting the blues, remember that logs — like eyes and skin — come in many colors. Be gentle with others. Be gentle with yourself. Thanks for coming by Views from the Edge.
— Gordon C. Stewart, Chaska, MN, Feb. 11, 2019.