February 11, 2017, Prescott-
I did a routine workout at Planet Fitness, this evening, after having visited a tax prep office, finding out I was short a critical document, and getting that document printed off a website, which will serve me well- the NEXT time I go to that tax office.
On the way out of PF, I passed some young adults flirting/ connecting. This is as it should be, especially of a weekend evening. Life, even in hard times, should continue with certain features: Infants learn to walk and speak for themselves; toddlers should say “No”, and thus begin learning their limits; children should continue that process, while acquiring life skills-hopefully in a safe, nurturing environment; teens and young adults should be able to visit confirming situations, in which they might feel an ocean of hope and a wealth of encouragement; older adults, like me, should be in a fully affirming, supporting role, for those on their way up the ladder, supporting,.
I am concerned about what lies ahead, for our nation and for the human race. I know, in my heart of hearts, that our species has a grand future, long-term. I also know that, in the short run, there are forces of reaction that will play on the fears of some basically decent people, many of whom I know and love, perhaps leading them to do harm to others, who I also know and love, because of the divergent ways they express themselves and live their lives. I cannot, will not, choose to participate in any movement, group action, or, certainly, any pogrom directed at a people or groups, based on ethnicity, faith, gender, sexual orientation or political affiliation- in either direction. For having said this, I have already been excoriated by a bitter, diffusely angry man, in another online forum. So be it, as long as necessary.
My life, by year’s end, will feature: An end to a business affiliation of 36 years; the second of four school years, in which I work full-time as an educational paraprofessional, with the possibility of a fifth, and more attention to qualitative aspects of my service to others. I may take stands that will cost me friendships, but it will always be the dispossessed, the downtrodden, the kicked-around, who have my heart. There, will go my heart and head, in synchronicity.