I Believe

I have agonized over writing this post for the past couple of days, a post that many will view as political, a post that may prolong the vitriolic conversation.  Although it is being written on the heels of a rabid political campaign season, that is not the intent.  So, if you don’t agree with, find fault with, or take offense with anything I have written, don’t read it.  All I ask is that you don’t use this platform to continue the hateful rhetoric.  That is not me, never has been, and I will delete those comments.

Ok, (deep breath), where to begin?  After much reflection, I believe this post was born out of a need to right a wrong, a flaw in my character if you will.  I feel the need to point out some of my deficiencies in a public forum, to hold me accountable for changes I plan to make.  More on this in a moment.

I, like over half of those who voted in this insane election, did not vote for the President-elect.  I will also admit to breaking down and having a good cry when I saw what was to be.  This had nothing to do with my need to be on the winning team or my desire to see the first female President in office (but as a woman how great would that be).  It had everything to do with me succumbing to my fears.  And not my fear for what this change in office would mean for me personally, but the fear for our planet and a potential move to a far less inclusive country, one now filled with diverse thoughts and peoples, one I greatly love.  This fear is based on rhetoric I so often heard during the campaign, and I believe it is the fear of many from around the globe, based on what I have read during and since the election results.

I have read some cringe-worthy comments from Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike, and many I believe stem from two emotions, fear and hatred.  Anger is a by-product of both.  I have seen many of these while on Facebook, and I’ve hovered around Facebook more these past two days than is the norm for me.  But I have also seen beautiful, thought-provoking, touching reflections, thoughts that buoy me and give me hope for a brighter day in this country and in the world.

Click below if you’re in need of some lightness and comforting words right now.

Who do I want to be in this situation?

The parade of horribles

A Trump Presidency need not be the end times.

I embrace friends across the political spectrum, because I believe our diversity makes us stronger, if we choose to have the openness and strength to give thought to viewpoints that extend beyond our small world.  So, for those of you who have ridiculed others for their comments since the election, I believe this is what grief looks like.  We all grieve differently and who are any of us to criticize one style over another?  We still all believe in free speech, right? Unfortunately, with the advent of social media, it is all out there for everyone to see, much as this post is. When emotions are so raw and people are scared, they say and do things at times that extend beyond their normal.  I believe now is the time for patience and kindness, not criticism.  If you don’t want to hear any more of what is being said, don’t read it, including my thoughts.

I believe there are always lessons to be learned during difficult times.  As I continue to reflect upon what this new country of ours may look like, I have had to look in the mirror and admit a hard truth about myself.  Although I take pride in the fact that I believe in a diverse world, where everyone is viewed as an equal, and do my part to help keep this a healthy planet on which we, and future generations will live, I haven’t been doing nearly enough. I give voice to these ideals but have not done enough to allow them to flourish.  Although volunteerism where I have my winter home is promoted and encouraged, and I do my part, I must move beyond those borders, as I did so often when I was in the work force.  If I had time then, I certainly do now that I am retired.  So, I am putting down on paper those causes I feel passionate about, and vow to do more to help those in need, in a real way.  I believe this is what we are all called to do to heal this great country of ours, to make us a kinder nation again, to give voice to the impoverished around the world.

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62 thoughts on “I Believe

  • LuAnn, I appreciate your introspection and feel very much the same about the state of our great nation. What seems to affect me the most is just how terribly hurting and rancorously improper many of the postings and comments seem to be on Facebook. Thanks for sharing your thoughts………Rog & Gayl

    • I so agree with you Roger. I was telling Terry just a little while ago that some of these hateful comments I am seeing are from those in the very community in which we now winter. Although I believe I am no better than anyone else, that doesn’t mean that I need to spend time with folks who share these views. I have spent more time on FB these past two days than I normally do, but I have also found some of the most uplifting articles that have helped in my healing process on FB as well. Sending you and Gayl big hugs!

  • Nice and very sensitive post; thank you!

    Now that the months and months of mudslinging, of others taking one side or the other, etc, we see the reality that most thought would not happen. Now there’s this void – like when some horrible accident turned our worlds upsdie down, and everyone is trying to find ground again. The image of you (?) sitting on the hill is a great example and serves as a pictorial of what many of us are feeling and how we are reacting… Go somewhere quiet – sit – try not to think – just ‘be’ and allow the swirling to slow and finally stop…

    It’s a time of incubation and yes, a time to become more active in causes we believe in!

  • Sorry, that fired out sooner than I planned.. a neighbor called from the steps, “Leeeee-SAH!” and there she stood with two just-cooked corn/cheese tamales… There is so much goodness in this world, and we should remember those good people who ask nothing in return — and set examples for us all.

  • Don’t beat yourself up, my friend, you have helped many people, in ways you know not. Learning how you feel about paying it forward, gave me the idea of starting groups to make items for Head Start children. As you may recall, I started a group, when I was working at Yellowstone, and we delivered nap blankets to the Head Start in Livingston, Montana. The Head Start in Show Low, just received 84 caps and mittens, for the students there. We had already delivered 84 nap blankets for those kids, around when school started. If it hadn’t been for you, I never would have thought to start on this path. We are now starting work for the next school year. You have a very big heart, and I know you will do the right thing, for others, and for yourself. A friend of mine, also got me started with Charity for Miles, which is sponsored by Humana Health Care. There is an app you can put on your cell phone, then open it when you go for a walk or a hike, so they keep track of the miles you did, whichever way, and money goes to a charity of your choice. I happen to give to the National Park Foundation. I have often heard you talk about paying it forward for those in need, and I wondered about why you were volunteering in your RV park. I doubted that those people were in that much of a need. I don’t know anyone else, who thinks about other people’s needs or wants, like you do. God bless you!

    • I have to admit I got a bit choked up when I read this Joan. You should be very proud of what you and your group are doing to help others in need. I am going to check out the Charity for Miles. Sounds interesting. As for volunteering in this park, it is a requirement, as the volunteers do all that can be done to keep this park going. This is what has helped to keep our monthly dues so low. I just believe I need to do more, especially now for those who may be feeling left behind.

      • You might check with the schools and/or police department, libraries, etc., in Temecula, to see if any of those public entities need some kind of help. Perhaps you can form a group from the park to help you do whatever you choose to do. You ARE a leader. I AM proud of what we have accomplished, but it’s been a rough row to hoe; almost gave up, at one point. Don’t give up! I think I have heard that, somewhere.

      • Thanks for the tips Joan. I am giving myself a few days to let all of this settle, then I will begin to see what positive steps I can take. I am always looking for suggestions. I love your last two sentences. It put a smile on my face. 🙂

      • Just a thought, LuAnn, When I was teaching, quite awhile ago now for gosh sakes, it always amazed me whenever a young person of 11 or 12 had a lot of difficulty reading. I usually taught at the fifth or sixth grade level. One thing that we started was what my friend and I called “Big Sister, Little Sister and Big Brother, Little Brother” teams. Several times a week we would pair up her kindergarten or first grade students and my fifth grade students in teams. They would then choose a primary level book from the library and read it together for about 30 minutes each time they got together. It was amazing to me how this increased the reading comprehension and ability for the younger students. It also really helped increase the responsibility factor in my fifth and sixth graders. In the Temecula area, I am sure that you could find an elementary school and teachers who would welcome an intelligent and helpful volunteer like you into their classroom to read with a student or a small group of students……………….MrG

        On Thu, Nov 10, 2016 at 1:59 PM, Paint Your Landscape wrote:

        > LuAnn commented: “Thanks for the tips Joan. I am giving myself a few days > to let all of this settle, then I will begin to see what positive steps I > can take. I am always looking for suggestions. I love your last two > sentences. It put a smile on my face. 🙂 ” >

  • I am hearing so many searching, as I am, for meaning in what is happening. I am old enough to remember times that were very difficult for women, Blacks, Hispanics and immigrants. I don’t want to see us take three steps back. However I am comforting myself and urging myself to stay calm because we don’t know what will happen. As I type that last sentence I feel the anxiety tighten my stomach because not knowing what the future holds takes patients.

  • Hi Luann. So very appreciative at having a place to dialogue about this in a thoughtful manner. Clearly Facebook is not the place, and I think my husband and I have exhausted both ourselves and each other in our quest to find some place to land, mentally, in the aftermath.

    I’ve typed and re-typed my reply here numerous times, but it appears I’m still too angry at what I perceive my fellow American to have done on Tuesday to let any of of my current thoughts see the light of day, other than to say that my heightened emotions are not at all about a Republican vs Democrat outcome, but rather about the selection of an individual that I believe embodies hatred, bullying and intolerance by such a wide swath of my fellow Americans. ‘How could they???’ is what keeps going round and round in my head, ‘How could so much hatred still exist here and I not know about it?’

    And so, much like you, my spouse and I have vowed to make changes to offset the negatively we see as having been released, and to do as often and long as might be necessary to work toward effecting positive change.

    And not to be overly dramatic here as I close, but if things get really bad, I will also take to the streets! 😉

    • Tamara, I so appreciate your comment and must say that Terry and I share your and Mike’s thoughts. And I agree that FB is not the place to do that. I will pull comments down if I need to and it won’t be the first time. Terry and I are still numb with shock, not understanding how anyone could vote for someone who seems to embody the worst traits imaginable, directed at women, minorities, the disabled, not to mention his thoughts on global warming. I am now working on keeping an open mind and praying that more moderate minds prevail. And I plan to better support those causes I feel strongly about. Big hugs to you and Mike.

  • LuAnn, I’m so glad that you’re sharing your feelings in such an open and positive way. These are surprising times, indeed, and a very different outcome from what we had hoped and worked for. But as the initial shock recedes, I find myself contemplating very similar thoughts to what you’ve expressed.
    I believe most of us, no matter what our political affiliation, hope for a better world. In our 3 1/2 years of travels throughout our beautiful country, we’ve experienced time and again the kindness of strangers that transcends differences and dissolves boundaries. That gives me hope in these troubled times.
    The best I can do is to try to be more loving, more compassionate, and more generous with my time and resources in supporting what I believe in. I’m going to do my best to make my small corner of the world—wherever that happens to be at any given time—a better place. Thank you for your thoughtful post, my friend.

    • Thanks for your thoughtful comment Laurel. I consider myself a positive person and I believe that better days are still ahead of us. No one ever knows what the future holds and I believe it is true about our political scene as well. I plan to do my part to ensure those in need are given a helping hand. If we all take this time to practice kindness and compassion towards our fellow man, the world will be a better place. Love you both!

  • Your post reflects my current thoughts and state of mind. I believe there will be a surge of folks fostering good works and positive, helpful dynamics to carry us all forward through the unknown that lies ahead.

    • Couldn’t agree with you more Lisa. We just all need to work through our fears and have a chance to grieve. We will be strong if we all pull together.

  • Absolutely wonderful LuAnn. Thank you for this message of hope, love and understanding. Your incredible words of wisdom have meant so much to me over the years. I am so glad to have your voice to make me smile.

  • I am feeling very much like you LuAnn. I do not like talking politics and have almost totally avoided it during the past six months. I, too, believe in free speech…to a certain extent. His free speech went way beyond what I can tolerate. When hatred enters free speech, that is where I draw the line. I do not hesitate to say I am disgusted at just about everything he stands for. I do not buy his “work together” speech. His actions are going to have to win me over, and that will take a long time of proving that he will “work together” with everyone!
    Since the election ended, I have prayed many times for our country. Also, many times have asked God to please help me through this. I cried like a baby when Hillary gave her speech yesterday. I thought is was wonderful. She presented herself as a confident, loving and thoughtful lady. I can’t even image how she was able to do it.
    Faith and patience has been mentioned several times in the comments, and I, too, keep this in my prayers. I pray that I am wrong about what direction I think this country is going to go. I know if I didn’t have my faith in God and Jesus, I am not sure I could keep it all together.

    • I am so touched by all of you who are taking the time to share your thoughts. I will admit to struggling to feel that our future with this man as our leader is going to be positive. His hateful rhetoric has, quite frankly, disgusted me, and although I will respect the position he will soon hold, I don’t see how I can ever respect the man. I will try to keep an open mind and hopefully more moderate views will prevail. Let’s pray that our future will not be as bleak as we now feel that it will. I intend to do what I can to help others, which is what I believe we have always been called to do.

    • I believe those of us who are shocked with the outcome of this election have legitimate reason to worry. How could we not, given our President-elect’s rhetoric as it relates to women, the disabled, minorities, the environment, etc, etc? I am still somewhat numb and still not sure I might not feel worse for awhile after the numbness subsides. My hope is that he will be positively influenced by others in his own Party. I think the future is very much an unknown, and this is a scary proposition for all of us. I have to now work on looking forward and be hopeful that there are better days ahead. If not, I might fall apart. In the meantime, I believe there is more I can do to help others, and that is what I plan to do. Sending you and Jim big hugs.

  • Oh, LuAnn… you are a bigger person than me. I am not ready to make nice. I am PISSED. I am SAD. And I am AFRAID. mostly afraid for what may happen to our nation, to the world, to our public lands, to life for the children my friends have. I, at this point, will never call that man my president, #notmypresident is me. I would be in the protest groups if I were nearby. But like you, it has nothing to do with electing a woman or with getting ‘my way’. In the past, even if my party did not win, I believed — perhaps wrongly, I now wonder— that the other person had the country’s best interests at heart, even if I did not agree with their method of getting there. Now, however, I do not believe the guy with the bad hair has our nation’s best interests at heart. I do not believe he is concerned about anything other than himself. I wish I could feel differently but this country has gone to hell. Not that is was perfect before. The only thing I can hope is that we survive this intact and that swinging to this far direction of horribility, will enable u to someday see the way that enables all of us to live good lives without lining pockets of the already rich. My heart aches.

    • Ok Julianne, first of all, I am not a better person that you. I am sad, I am afraid, and I have cried many times since the election results. I will even admit to directing some very colorful language at the television when the President-elect gave us his views on women, the disabled, minorities, etc., not to mention his thoughts on the environment. It is difficult to believe he ever thinks of anyone but himself because I believe he is a narcissist, but now he must or he will fail miserably and I don’t think his party wants that. I’m not even sure he wanted to be President, but rather to just feed his ego. My hope is that this is a wake-up call for us all, for our country, and that perhaps this will make him a better person, one who looks beyond his own personal financial betterment. That is a huge hope for me and only time will tell. I will respect the position that he now finds himself in, but at this point I don’t see how I can respect the person. My heart aches as well, and I think it will for awhile. I have to look forward and do what I can to make our country a better place, and that for me will be to extend a hand to those who need help. I will be spending my time determining what that looks like for me. Sending you a big hug Julianne, which is something I have been needing more of these past couple of days.

  • This is beautifully written, Lu and I totally agree that fear is at the root of what so many people, who wanted a different outcome, are feeling after this election. However, I think that fear is also what motivated so many people to vote for Trump. Yes, there are people who see his statements about minorities, women, etc. as a justification for their own prejudices, and of course that angers those of us who believe in equality and justice for all. But I think there are also many people who “held their noses” and voted for Trump anyway, because they perceived a threat in another Clinton presidency.
    Many feel despair because they cannot understand how anyone could endorse Trump’s admitted prejudices by voting for him, and part of their grief is this fear that the country is going backwards in its social consciousness. I must admit if I had been allowed to vote, I would not have voted for him either. However, neither would I have voted for Clinton…her actions as Secretary of State do not lead me to believe that she is a peace loving soul, and to me, that is just as important as her domestic policies.
    I am not afraid of a Trump presidency. In this country, presidents who don’t tow the line (like JFK for example) run the risk of getting assassinated. I hope he is able to put through his promise of stopping the TPP, but I’m not holding my breath.
    In 2008 I was far more naive about politics than I am now. I rejoiced at Obama’s victory and trusted that his campaign promises (like promising to label GMOs) would be honored and implemented. He talked the talk but never walked it. I don’t know if he was lying or if the powers that be simply did not allow him to follow through on that. Most likely a bit of both.
    I believe the “powers that be” wanted Clinton to win this election and Trump was allowed to run because they figured no one would vote for a buffoon like him, no matter how disillusioned they were with Democrat rule. It appears they were wrong. Clinton would have maintained the status quo and Trump was a wild card.
    I think it is sad that there has been so much negativity in this election campaign, pulling people apart based on their beliefs instead of uniting them based on their shared humanity. However, I don’t think this is accidental. The news media has carefully fostered the anger and hate…one must ask why is that? Are they trying to distract us with the superficiality of personality cultism so we don’t look behind the facade to see what is really going on? Is this their way of maintaining their power and control? It’s not working as well as it used to…people are waking up.
    Fear not, my friend. This country is going through its growing pains and sometimes that means going three steps forward, two steps back. However, if each of us chooses, in each moment to feel love instead of fear, no matter what we are confronted with, the power of that energy will transform the world. No, I am not saying do not speak up or fight for justice…I am only saying, choose to do those things from a place of love, rather than fear.
    Well you asked for our thoughts…those are mine…subject to growth and change as new evidence reveals itself. ❤

    • I appreciate your comment Tys. I don’t consider myself a Republican or Democrat but hopefully instead, an independent thinker. I believe in kindness, love, and a world of inclusion for all, whether you are a man, woman, minority, LGBT, etc. I wish we could remove maybe of the labels that move people too far in one direction or the other, whether it be politics, religion, etc. I do believe in giving everyone a chance, so I must with our President-elect as well. That doesn’t mean that I embrace any of his ugly rhetoric, and it doesn’t mean that I respect the man who he is at this time. My hope is that this new position over time will open him to see others who are different from him in a more positive light, to soften his heart. We should always live our lives coming from a place of love. What I think we are all seeing right now is fear and grief, which everyone needs time to process, and this too shall pass.

  • Thank you LuAnn, for expressing so beautifully what I’ve been feeling since the election results were announced. I feel shattered, disillusioned and even now, on the third morning after the election, very, very fragile. My response has been so surprising to me because I haven’t lived in the US for over four years but I’ve felt such tremendous pride in identifying myself as an American, a citizen of a country where President Obama has been a symbol of grace, dignity, hope and inclusion. I’m still working my way through the grief steps but it helps to know that so many others are also feeling the same way. There’s much to be grateful for and I love your idea of finding a way to volunteer, either by giving back or paying it forward. Thanks again for your honest words … Anita

    • Thanks so much for your comments Anita. We will all get through this if we come together and embrace those who need our help. This isn’t the first time our country feels like it’s being torn apart and it won’t be the last. Love and kindness are the answers, I believe, and that is the direction I will always face.

  • LuAnn, thank you for sharing your deep thoughts, emotions and love. I for one am ready for change. I want this country to unify as one again. If we can’t all pull together as one, and quit tearing each party down, this country will never reach its great potential that it used to be, and further more…fall into the hands of others.That to me is the scariest of all, to lose our freedom! Keep the faith my friend! We all will pull through this.

    • Thanks Laurie. I told hubby perhaps this result was meant to happen to shake up both parties and finally have them both start to focus on what is most important for everyone, not just their own selfish interests. Maybe I am being too idealistic here, but that is my hope. It all starts with each of us. We all need to do our part to give others a helping hand and walk in the direction of love and kindness.

  • Today, day three, I found myself in tears at the gym, prompted by a post from my niece promoting a social movement that involved wearing a safety pin to signal to others that we were ‘safe’ and did not endorse the hate speak that surrounded this election.

    Really? Is this who we now are? We need to wear an item on our clothing to indicate we are capable of extending compassion to those that don’t look exactly like we do, or worship exactly like we do, or move exactly like we do?

    My heart is breaking on behalf of my country.

    • I agree with you Tamara. I believe our fears are justified, given the President-elect’s own words, until he can prove to us that he can be a kinder, more inclusive person. I will continue to work on being hopeful as stress is not good in our lives. I have to have faith that there are better days to come. But feeling like we need to walk around wearing a “tag” on our clothing to signal we are compassionate towards others who don’t look like us? I don’t know what to say.

  • Thank you, LuAnn, for bravely writing what you feel and allowing so many of us to share our pain and hurt. Half of our country is overwhelmed by grief, pain, anger and must take time to heal.
    Someday In the future we will be able to see the change for good created by this upheaval. For now, sharing love and being kind to ourselves and to others are the first steps to healing. Love to you both!

    • There are many things in life beyond our control, and now that the election is over, I don’t want to live each day filled with anger or fear. If the worst that we can imagine does happen, then we can take action. In the meantime I have to find hope in my heart and take steps to heal and to help others in need. Big hugs coming your way!

  • LuAnn this is a very sensitive post and I wish I could have written one like it. Instead I have just carried on with my regular blogging from the past – I am so far behind. I am angy and sad and afraid and hurt especially for my planet, the natural world and all of its species including us. A lot of serious damage can be done in 4 years. I do feel betrayed. I decided long ago to skip the sound bites that are facebook so I haven’t had either the vitriol or the uplift. But that doesn’t mean I am not aware of the former. I continue to shed many tears of fear over this and am not sure how to get through 4 years but I do agree as you so wisely stated that I can no longer spend time with those who have contributed to the hate and division brought to light in this campaign. I fear that many of those in the most dire of circumstances who voted for change in this form are the very ones who will find themselves worse off. It is all just so sad and so shocking. This is not the country I thought it was. Although I take heart in the very sad statistic that 42% of the people in the country did not even vote so that means that only 30% of the eligible voters put this reality star in the most important position in our country. Thank you for being brave enough to speak your truth. I admire you greatly for it.

    • Sherry, I debated for some time whether to write anything about the election results, but finally decided that I had to, if for no other reason that to make myself more accountable. I am trying not to despair and am telling myself that if the worst possible thing happens, whatever that means for each of us, I don’t want to spend each day until then filled with stress and fear. Now is the time to be vigilant, continue to educate ourselves, and to bring this country back together, more purple than red or blue. We have to learn how to work together again. I don’t have any answers right now on how we do that, but when I am given some concrete ideas from others far more intelligent than me, I plan to be prepared to do my part. In the meantime, I am trying to remain hopeful and give those in need a helping hand. Beyond what we are all feeling right now, I hope you and David are doing well.

  • LuAnn thank you for being so open about your feelings in this tumultuous time. As a Canadian I spend a lot of time still with my mouth hanging open at the shock of it all. I do believe that yoru approach of reaching out to those in need and spreading kindness is excellent. Sending hugs from the north and positive energy your way.

    • This isn’t the first time this country has been through tumultuous times and it certainly won’t be the last. Unfortunately it comes on the heels of having a President in office who is bright, articulate, humorous, and compassionate. This will not destroy us; it will make us stronger and less complacent, I believe. Thanks so much for your warm thoughts. They mean more than you know.

      • LuAnn I hear Obama speak yesterday and he said something to the effect that the fact was that 43% of the population did not vote. Yes hopefully a reminder that this is an important civic duty. More hugs your way just in case you are needing any.

      • I listened to his speech as well. Isn’t it sad that there is so much complacency in this country? Sadly many did not vote because they were not impressed with either candidate. Unfortunately those who sat home allowed a narcissist to take office, one who has greatly offended women, minorities, the disabled, etc. etc., not to mention the fact that he doesn’t believe in climate change. 😦 Guess I still did need a hug. Thanks Sue.

  • i applaude your openness in sharing your thoughts and feeling in this very trying times. I also believe that fear and worry is a hindrance to anything worth doing. I just hope that the huge gap the election has created will soon narrow and everyone will love their neighbor once again.

  • LuAnn this is very well written and pretty much reflects how I felt and still do feel about the election, the results and the implications. I could not talk about it for two days after I felt so much sadness and yes, fear for so many and for so much. I just hate that a person who role modelled vile behaviour and racism has been rewarded with the highest office. I admit to being relieved to not being in the U.S. for tge results it would just be more depressing and too intense.

    Very eloquent post.

    President Obama will be sadly missed. One of the greatest of all times! The contrast is actually sickening. 😦

    Am not ready to find silver linings… I hope they exist.
    Peta

    • President Obama will be sadly missed Peta, both as our leader and for the amazing man he is. There can be absolutely no comparison between Obama and the President-elect. I am working on being hopeful.

  • It’s been a crazy year all round, it will be interesting to see what goes on. What we need less of is the commentary from TV personalities and actors which just makes everything that bit more cringeworthy. Other than that there is little to say but to wait and see what comes next.

  • You have a good heart and a kind soul, Lu. To me, maybe this event will put Americans on their toes. It’s time for us to take actions for ourselves and not rely so much on other things. I mean, everyone is part of the big picture but being a part of the big picture means it goes down to the very basic unit. Maybe it’s easier for me to say than someone who doesn’t have a stable job.
    But take for example at work, I jumped around different locations, companies, or commands. I’ve been with a group with people and even leaders who don’t exactly support me. For me personally, I cannot let that hinder my success. I’ll do what I do to strive, to work and to better my self and my standing. I’ve been with a group with lots of other workers who are close to retiring and they show lack of motivation to work, I cannot let them influence me. I’ve been in a situation where my supervisors are not giving me enough position. I didn’t mind it. I carved my own path, make my own position, work and try to find ways so that my leaders would trust and rely on me to give me good evaluation at the end of it. All I’m saying here, if the very basic person who is struggling fights and focuses on his/her goals and success, everything else shouldn’t matter – no matter who your leaders are, no matter who are in position.

    • I teared up when I read this Rommel. I have often wondered why I connect with some people more than others. There are those I have rarely spoken to who I feel that connection with, both young and old. If may be something they have written, as in the blogging community, or someone I have stood next to at a gathering. It is a feeling more than the words spoken. I believe it is a soul connection. If we would all quiet our minds and open our hearts, I believe we would find friendships with many who look and act differently than we do. The soul does not discriminate. I knew you were a soul friend before we even met. You are wise beyond your years and have a beautiful spirit my friend. Thank you for this touching comment.

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