Okay gang, this is it. We’ve got a fight on our hands and a lot of work to do. The good people of the world need our love, aid, support, kindness, and protection now, more than ever. It’s time to gear up, stand for what’s right, and speak the truth. And let me just say: I’m with you brother.
But here’s a mistake that I’ve made in the past and so I’m sharing so you don’t make it (and so that I don’t make it again). You can’t help the world unless you are fully committed, fully grounded, and fully caring for yourself. Exhausting yourself on externals will only put you out of the fight sooner.
So breathe. Focus. Make sure that your immediate family is protected. Get a good night’s sleep, drink enough water, and wear comfortable clothes because those little things will make a big difference. Here’s a mantra: soldiers don’t go in to battle with sore feet.
And brother — I got your back. Always.
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I heard a political analyst on NPR give this analogy: Imagine that there is a magic box that, when handled carefully, can bring about peace and prosperity to the entire world. But if it’s mishandled in any way, it can totally destroy everything. Most of us, if offered stewardship of the box, wouldn’t be foolish enough to take it. And if we absolutely had to, we’d do it with the utmost care.
Politicians are those sociopaths that, every four years, come out of the woodwork and scream, “Gimmie the goddamn box!”
So this year, we ALL have to become the insecticide to the four-year locust, in whatever way that we can. Here’s a hint: I’ve heard that they don’t know how to deal with compassion, humanity, and art. Just an FYI.