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In the corner of my kitchen, I have an Easter lily that always tells me when it’s thirsty: it droops. And when I get busy, I don’t always give it the attention it needs. But when its leaves touch the floor, I hurry for the fertilizer water and give it a good douse. Within an hour or two, it springs up and lives to see another day.
Lately, I’ve been wishing that I had a treatment that would benefit me in the same way as I provide to my lily. I feel beaten and beleaguered by the onslaught of bad news about the Biden administration and how it is mismanaging our country. I may be projecting my feelings on my friends here at Ricochet, but I don’t think I’m alone in my reactions. In one way or another, I think many of us are feeling bruised and discouraged by the news; that attitude shows up in posts and comments.
In the last 18 months, I’ve swung from the mindset of bitter and hopeless, to resting in the comfort of detachment. As a person who tries to be realistic and resilient with a sprinkling of optimism, I’ve experienced my usual equanimity to be slowly eroding.
So, I’ve taken a penetrating look at the circumstances that have brought me to this place, to try to move me from overwhelming frustration to a more objective viewpoint.
The evidence is overwhelming that this country is in dire straits: (1) We have an incompetent administration; (2) We are experiencing no less than an invasion at our southern border and it will become much worse if Title 42 is revoked; (3) The commitment to lies and obfuscation are ongoing; (4) the repeated attempts to cripple our energy supply continue; (5) the corruption of our education system from top to bottom are relentless; and the lack of taking responsibility of any kind for inflation persists. And these are just a fraction of the Biden administration’s efforts to tear down this country.
Even though there have been a few lights at the end of the tunnel (although I can’t think of any at the moment), they are quickly doused by the next deluge of darkness.
For those of us who have struggled through the last 18 months and worry about finding a way to push through the next 2.5 years, I think our concerns are valid. My usual stamina is weakening. The potential for winning seats in Congress in November provides little joy or optimism because I fear that nothing will change.
Venting and complaining will give us some relief, but it will only be temporary. Blaming Biden provides some satisfaction, but that becomes tiresome after a while.
I think we must figure out steps we can take before we hit rock-bottom.
Somehow, we must find a way to look at the truth of our predicament with honesty, and stay open to possibility. What opportunities are we missing?
Am I the only one running out of gas?
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