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I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three, grand mother of three, and have been married to the same man for 42 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

I Am Ground Zero

In light of the 'Serenity Prayer,'


God grant me the Serenity
to accept the things
I cannot change,
the Courage
to change the things
I can, and
the Wisdom to know
the difference,

I've decided  in the hope of maintaining sanity and some peace, I will take the following measures:

I am "Ground Zero".  I will be cognizant of the needs of others; purposefully instigating kindness and compassion wherever I can and will eschew recognition for such.  In other words, doing good for the Heaven of it.  All it takes is one light; one person.

I will ignore all mention of things political -- namely anything involving the candidate for the next four years.  Any mention of that man's name, or that of his family, will be blocked.  Kind of like Voldemort in Harry Potter -- "He who must not be named".  His name, antics, family will not be spoken of in this house.  He is anathema to me.

I will work quietly and definitely for the greater good, supporting those individuals and agencies that provide relief and quality of life for others both nationally and worldwide.

I will pray for our evolution from this myopic, ego-centered, hypocritical, and ignorant society to one that recognizes goodness, decency, and worth in all of us.

6 comments:

forsythia said...

This sounds like an excellent plan. Who knows? The nameless shameless one may evolve a little.

Kay said...

I LOVE this, Kathy. I love the idea of calling you-know-who "He who must not be named." Peeerrrrfect! I shall try to follow your example.

Linda Reeder said...

We are all trying to find our way in dealing with the political state of affairs we find ourselves in. Your way has a lot of merit. I hope it works for you and gives you hope and peace.

Silver Willow said...

HI Kathy! New to your blog.

On the subject, I keep going back and forth. I don't want to not stand up for what I believe in, but I have to keep my sanity and hope alive, and they might be oxymorons... Nice blog, and I'm bookmarking you. Have a love holiday!

Therapist Mumbles said...

Yes, take care of yourself and your own mind. We all have to stay whole. But, if you get the energy, there are lots of ways to resist the tide that threatens our real freedom. Just by saying "I don't agree with that." or "That makes me very uncomfortable." is a start. Saying it our loud or on-line, or in a letter to an editor or Congressman. Or telling the ACLU, or any other active organization that you're with them, even if you sent $3.
Being silent can be dangerous. Sorry to shake your denial.

Lucinda said...

Great post! I've not been making the rounds for a while. Things got busy and crazy and ... I don't know.
I am trying to avoid conflict with family, all the while trying to stay active and let like minded souls know what they can do to help. There is a cartoon circling that says something about the need to stay informed being at odds with the need for staying sane. I relate.

I hope you are well.
Many blessing and much peace to you.