wears myriad disguises
even crazy hair

I’m not going to say anything here that you probably haven’t already read on Facebook. But, like everyone else, I feel the need to express myself about this election.

On Tuesday morning, after reading the definitive outcome of the election, I swung first to despair. This was quickly replaced by the words of another president, “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”

Hm. I thought. This is an opportunity for me to find new ways to try to shine a little bit brighter in my world. What can I do to be of service in my community?

I’m a big believer that action is the only antidote to despair. (Having battled deep and sometimes disabling depression my entire life, I am uniquely qualified and have worked hard to earn the wisdom of this statement. It can be gained elsewhere. I’m simply explaining that this concept is not just words on paper for me. It is actual life-saving, growth-inducing verbage. Hard-won truth, as it were.)

This morning, I took the time to read the entire inaugural speech delivered by John F Kennedy in 1961. (Available online at the JFK Library.) It was a great speech. Surprising to me, or perhaps not surprising, is how salient, poignant and still timely his message was. I’d recommend it as inspirational reading, should you feel you need a bit of motivation.

The other quote that echoed back to me is “Be the change you wish to see.” A pithy bit of writing that is attributed to Gandhi. It’s not. It’s someone’s distillation of a longer and deeper quote by the spiritual and political giant.

Still. Opportunity knocked on my door Tuesday morning – a trick-or-treater in orange makeup, goofy hair and a bag full of wind. I boldly stepped past him, into the greater world, in search of things I can do, however small, to make a brighter, kinder difference in my world.

I leave you with the words of someone far greater a writer and being than I:

“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.” –Mahatma Gandhi