Positive things are still happening

Dear President Trump,

Today is my birthday and I was really hoping that as a sort of present from the Universe we would have had at least one arrest in the Russia collusion situation by now. I’m not really surprised it hasn’t happened yet, but it would have been nice. I suppose it’s possible there wasn’t any collusion (though that seems highly unlikely) or if there was, maybe there are so many ways for people with means to wiggle out of consequences there won’t ever be arrests (though I am not ready to seriously consider this outcome).

With all this uncertainty looming and the stakes so high, I’m finding myself becoming increasingly sour and moody, with much more of a tendency to focus on negatives than is typical for me. So, I am going to try shifting my attention to positives, not to ignore the negatives, but to balance things out some.

The positive for today is having seen a lovely bumper sticker this morning that said “Prays Well With Others” and then getting to witness the driver of that vehicle make space for another car to merge into traffic in an awkward spot during rush hour. It was just so nice to see someone being thoughtful and gracious in a tricky situation. It wasn’t a big deal. Such things happen all the time, but it reminded me that it really doesn’t hurt to slow down and let people in and just be nice. I remember right after 9/11 drivers were so much kinder to one another for several weeks. There seemed to be a sense that we were all in it together and no one knew whether the person trying to merge had lost someone in the attacks so there was extra kindness. Obviously we don’t need another awful tragedy and I strongly urge you not to instigate one, but we could sure use regular reminders that we are all just people whose days would be better with some extra kindness. The nice lady in the bumper sticker car was bringing it and I’m grateful I got to be in her presence this morning.

I hope you are fortunate enough to be around someone soon who is as kind and gracious as her.

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

Tracy Simpson

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