My friend was saying that many of her family members voted for Trump. She said that she doesn’t think less of them, or not like them because of this. She said that many people say that Trump supporters are stupid, dumb, or evil people. She said that that makes her very sad.
This makes me sad as well.
My mother has said that Trump supporters are dumb.
I have thought less of people who voted for Trump.
Trump supporters are just expressing their opinion. Even though these opinions are rather racist, sexist and generally not good. They have a right to their views, just like people who didn’t vote for Trump.
We need to respect them for the humans they are. We need to respect their views. We would not be happy if people called us stupid because we have the views that we do. So we need to think, would we like it if someone called us stupid?
Calling Trump supporters stupid is along the lines of what Trump himself would call non-Trump people. We don’t want to be like Trump, right?
At least I don’t…
Love is the way through this.
Love the people who are targeted by Trump. Love the people who are scared. Love the your friends and family. Above all, love the people you don’t agree with. Trump supporters included.
You can’t say that something is impossible until you have thoroughly tried it.
I just finished reading Anna Deavere Smith’s book letters to a young artist. I really, really liked it. There is a quote I would like to share from the second to last letter, entitled The World Is Your Lab:
“As you go on this journey, BZ, I cannot promise safety. I can try to help bring you to a kind of artistic leadership. And that calls not for safety, but resilience, and breaking molds when you can. It calls for absorbing this fractious world, absorbing it, sifting through it in your dreams, in your subconscious, in less than obvious ways, and giving it back to a viewer or an audience so that they see the cover of the newspaper differently.”
I think this quote really sums up her message of the book. And I think it’s really what being an artist-of any kind-is.
Whoa. It’s really hard for me to believe that it’s already 2017. I can remember last January so clearly!
Anyway, a brand new year. What will come this year? Brand new opportunities, brand new insights, joys, imaginings and changes. Hope fully those changes will be mostly for the good…
Here, it was gloriously sunny and in the mid 40’s. A great start to the new year.
I love the new year, January is so nice because you have the entire year ahead of you! It’s so new! That’s what’s so inspiring.
This morning, I sneezed. My mom said “bless you” and I thought, my first sneeze of the year and the first time my mom said “bless you” to me. Weird thing to think, probably. 😛
This morning I started out doing two loads of dish washing! Which I never do. I think it was a good productive start to the day. 🙂
You may have seen someone wearing a safety pin. Maybe it was a small one pinned to their jacket, or maybe they had on a very large safety pin, hung around their neck on a chain.
The reason for this sudden interest in safety pins, is based off of something people in the UK did after Brexit. People wore a safety pin to show their solidarity with refugees and other scared parties of people.
In this time after Donald Trump’s election, many have taken up the safety pin again. You do not need to be saddened by Trump’s election, you do not need to support Hillary Clinton, you do not need to be old enough to vote, to wear a safety pin. As long as you support what the safety pin stands for: solidarity with those who are scared, those who will be negatively affected by Donald Trump’s presidency, those who are immigrants, those who have experienced hate speech or hate crime because of Donald Trump’s election. To show that you are not racist, sexist, homophobic or xenophobic.
Wearing a safety pin, means that you are a safe person. If you stand with all those things above, please wear a safety pin. It is a wordless token, that you are safe.
To read more:
I like the William Faulkner quote Tim Kaine used at Hillary Clinton’s concession speech:
“They kilt us, but they ain’t whupped us yit.”
I liked the whole speech actually. In my opinion Hillary definitely is not a sore loser and she seemed just as fired up to continue her career, in spite of this set back.
My take on it is that, yes, it’s a set back, but it also is a learning experience. As Hillary said in her speech “So my friends, let us have faith in each other, let us not grow weary, let us not lose heart, for there are more seasons to come. And there is more work to do.”
This is a time to continue our fight, renewed because we tried our best.
You can see Hillary Clinton’s full speech here: http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/09/politics/hillary-clinton-concession-speech/
My mother and I just discovered this very interesting website/blog http://www.becomingamish.net written by Jeff Smith, who also wrote the book Becoming Amish. About a modern family who decides to convert to the Amish way of life. I haven’t read it yet, but I have it ordered from the library.
My mom and I were reading the blog section of the website and he had several quotes, among them this little one by Mahatma Gandhi:
“There is sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.”
Just think on that for a bit. 🙂
I have been tidying like crazy and the time I’m not tidying, I’m doing important things or reading about tidying.
Did you know that you use about 20% of your possessions about 80% of the time? That means you could get rid of a all your things except a fifth, and not really notice much of a difference. I mean, you would notice the lack of clutter, but you probably wouldn’t miss any of it.
That seems pretty crazy. But, at least to me, it’s totally believable. A lot of us keep so much stuff on hand, though we hardly use any of it! Think back to the stone age. All you would have had, would be the bare necessities. One, maybe two sets of clothes- all you needed could be carried on your back. WOW! These days we’d be lucky if our stuff would fit in two truckloads!
By all that, I don’t mean that everyone has that much stuff, or that it’s a sin to have a lot of things. Everyone is different. I might be able to get by with five or so long sleeved shirts and four pairs of shoes. But someone with a different lifestyle or different age, might need only two long sleeved shirts or might need ten or more pairs of shoes. It all depends on what you need.
My dad is rather messy. It’s hard for my mom and I to get him to take care of his clothes (they lounge all over the floor). That’s just him. My mom and I are very neat people. His messiness annoys us, and our neatness annoys him. That’s just our needs and personality differences.
Some people love living in a rather “messy” house, while others want every surface to be bare. You don’t need to make yourself uncomfortable. Just try it for a while and if you don’t like having a barer living space, that’s fine. You know what’s best for you.
Another great thing about tidying is that it’s easier to clean when you have less stuff. I asked my mom what her goals for her bedroom are and she said “dust free.” Then said “less brick brack.” I told her that once you have less brick brack, it’s easier to dust, since you don’t have to pick up a million little decorations to to get at the surface. You don’t have to dust all those decorations either. Once you get rid of things, cleaning is so much easier.
Maintenance is, of course, kind of hard, but if you do a bit everyday, like a ten minute pick up of your things every evening, then your surfaces stay tidy. You also have to keep unnecessary things from coming in, like gifts. Those are hard. It’s not the gift, but the thought that counts. Let me say that again: It’s not the gift, but the thought that counts. You can keep that little bag of candy or that wrapped up necklace that you’d never wear, from getting comfortable. Pass it on to another person who would enjoy it much more. Don’t feel guilty. The giver wouldn’t want the gift to sit around gathering dust.
I think that maintenance is a small price to pay for having a tidy home.
Aah. I love fall! The colors here are great…not peak yet, but close. I hope you all are enjoying fall as much as me!
Got rid of a chicken today. I didn’t really want to, but we don’t have enough room in our coop for all our birds, so I gave her to a friend.
Doing some good writing lately. 🙂
Gracie is acting more and more like a goat. She lives with her mom and two goats, so you can kind of see why. We are hoping to sell her soon-ish. Preferably to someone with a small farm who wants her for something like what we do. Also preferably close by, so we can visit her.
This is probably a lot to take in. But it’s all good info, so don’t skip this post!! 😉
“The need to be recognized as the winner destroys your ability to take your turn, because taking your turn requires you to be willing to not win.”
-What To Do When It’s Your Turn (Seth Godin)
“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.”
“Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates change in another.”