The Morning After

Posted: September 14, 2018 in Uncategorized

obamaI’m not usually one to be star-struck however President Barack Obama is my exception. He is my hero. He is a reminder to me that there is good in the world, that our country can be great, and that power used for justice is the strongest power there is. Ever since I got my ticket to last night’s rally for the Ohio Democratic candidates I have been riding high with anticipation. In the end, the rally was a powerful motivator to help get out the vote.

But here it is, the morning after being in the presence of greatness – my hero, my idol, my motivator, and I am left with melancholy. I am afraid to read the news for fear of sinking into despair over how low we have fallen as a nation. I turn the radio off at the first syllable uttered by our current President and retreat, anywhere to get away from the hatred, bigotry, lunacy, fearmongering and outright injustice that is our current administration.

I was very recently reminded of my privilege, my ability to tune out, take a break from and rest from struggle. Reminded that so many in our world, our country, our communities are not able to “take a break.” I do however work through my church and the United Methodist Women to effect change on behalf of women, children and youth around the world. I have been called to action by forces of both evil and greatness. I began my advocacy in the wake of the terrorist attack on children at Sandy Hook and was motivated to continue the work by the promise of greatness ushered in with the election of Barack Obama. I am a white, privileged, wealthy woman in a bubble of suburbia that seeks justice in the world and looks to my government to be inspiration and catalyst for change.

So, I will finish my coffee, be grateful for all I have and all I love, and move forward, maybe a little grumpier, but oh so struck by the star that is Barack Obama.

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Fitting My Mood by Jennifer. Thank you my friend.

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