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Are You Up To The Challenge?

Ok, so I am sure I am not the only one that has their best ideas or thoughts in the shower (not to mention superior singing). So today as I was having my coffee, I was thinking about the confirmation hearing for Katanji Brown Jackson and wondered how many people watched the hearing, how much do they watch, and what does it accomplish. I am certainly interested in her position and ideology of our country, constitution, legal system, and the enormous responsibility of being part of the Supreme Court in America. What strikes me is the different lines of questioning from both sides. One may seem supportive and one more adversarial. I just wish that both sides were able to evaluate based purely on merit and ideology and leave the political digs out.

I try to stay informed and make efforts to watch (in moderation) news programs and read articles to get a balanced perspective of the state of the country and world. I realized some time ago that I need to moderate my intake or run the risk of becoming Chicken Little and see the sky fall all around me. I observe our elected officials continuing to refuse to work across the aisle and dig their heels in based on a party line rather than discuss and find some commonality to help move the people’s interest forward. I can’t figure out how any elected official can honestly say they represent the people of their districts when they continually and blatantly vote their party option or even their personal opinion. To do their jobs, they owe the entire constituency equal airtime and vote what is good for the entire population.

With all that is going on in the country and world right now and the last several years, I am hopeful that people are beginning to make some informed decisions and learn that we are better off together than apart. The war in Ukraine is a shining example of coming together for the greater good. Ukrainians work and fight together for a common goal in defense of their country and people. The United States used to be that way and we would work side by side for the greater good. Can we all make a commitment to keep an open mind and heart, to work towards the common goal, and treat people with dignity and respect?

I am hopeful and optimistic that everyone will rise to the occasion, take a deep breath, and put their best foot forward. With spring in the air, I commit to getting back into the garden, taking regular walks, wave and say hello to strangers, cook and entertain friends and new friends and lead by example. I am expecting people to do the right thing, listen with their heart and make today just a little better than it was yesterday. If we all agree to doing this the world WILL be a better place.

Here's your challenge people…

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”- Diana, Princess of Wales

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