When I feel like crap

Dear President Trump,

If I had not committed to myself to send you commentary and a loving-kindness blessing every day, this would be one of those days I’d just skip it. I told you yesterday about tripping on the uneven sidewalk and falling so it won’t surprise you (if you were reading these messages, that is) that I am hurting and tired today. Really, I feel pretty awful and would rather just zone out than send you anything, but because I am stubborn and somewhat prone to martyrdom, here we are.

What I can muster for commentary is based on my observation that when I feel like crap, I don’t have energy for politics or righteous indignation about much of anything. I bet a lot of people are like this when they don’t feel well or are really stressed. In fact, I’m sure you benefit tremendously when people are checked out like this since your daily erosions of our well-being, safety, honor, and integrity barely register for millions and millions of Americans. It’s hard to penetrate the malaise and preoccupation that comes with feeling poorly so you are getting passes on truly outrageous behavior from lots of us, especially as we grow increasingly accustomed to your escalating dangerous behaviors. It’s like a frog in a pot of cold water that will not jump out if the heat is turned up slowly enough, even if it means boiling to death. A grim, but apt analogy. The lesson in all this for me, at least, is that when I’m tempted to focus inward and ignore what you are doing, I need to resist the impulse because it is too dangerous to get complacent. You and your administration are real threats to all of us. Your posturing with North Korea, for example, could start something that ends very badly for millions of people and you either don’t care or are oblivious or both. We need to keep our wits about us since you do not seem to have a handle on yours at all.

Please collect yourself and start thinking logically about what you are doing. I hate to say it, but if you don’t, you are currently powerful enough to take us all down.

May you be safe.
May you be happy.
May you be healthy and truly strong.
May your life unfold and intersect peacefully.

Tracy Simpson

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