Today I am going to attempt to temporarily suspend fixation on the past atrocities associated with this holiday, the massive injustices being committed against the original inhabitants of this land as I type these words, and the systemic inequalities and divisions that plague these United States of America.
I am going to spend quality time with my family, enjoy the fruits of the harvest, and acknowledge the multitude of blessings that have fallen into my lap.
Tomorrow I will avoid rabid consumerism that only serves to feed the Beast.
Be grateful for the little things that we all tend to take for granted. Seek contentment however fleeting. Spread unconditional love. Embrace humility.
The more that I read and learn about the current state of our world, the more conflicted I feel about the choice to do what I can to change things from where I am. I have a responsibility to make sure that my two children are fed, clothed, and have a roof over their heads. Because I know better, do I have a more immediate responsibility to make sure that by the time they are raised and on their own the world is a place that I want them to live in?
Fear paralyzes. Anger catalyzes. Hope sustains. Love endures. Compassion enlightens.
I know the answers. I do not have the methods. I am willing to help someone who does.