Positivity – day 2, focusing on positives is patriotic

Good Morning President Trump,

It may be somewhat self-serving but I’ve decided that focusing for now on positives is patriotic, basically in the same way dissent is patriotic. You have gotten far too much mileage out of focusing on and fanning people’s fears, trying to convince us that things are dire and only you can save us from going to hell in a hand-basket. Those things are patently not true and part of standing up to you is pointing out what is right, and positive, and true in this country and this world.

Because I think it’s best to stay grounded in what I know, I’ll tell you what it’s like to be here in my neighborhood early in the mornings. I’ve been running or walking in a three-mile radius around our home almost every weekday morning starting at about 5:30 for 17 years now. It wasn’t easy at first trading in my night owl feathers, but I had to in order to accommodate my work schedule. And I’ve kept it up because it is such a calm, quiet time. Only a few of us are up and we are quietly polite, nodding or murmuring a “hello”. There was a mini-traffic jam this morning when a newspaper delivery guy needed to back up around a corner and was in the way of an oncoming car. I had to wait on the sidewalk to stay out of the way. It all got sorted out peacefully without any fanfare, no honking or impatient gestures.

Also this morning the crescent moon was glowing pale yellow through a light cloud cover and the birds were doing their thing, chirping and hanging out. Most all the houses were dark and presumably people were sleeping. I didn’t hear any alarm clocks this morning, though I often do if I’m still out around 6. As I noted the other day, there are lots of cracks in the sidewalks and potholes in the streets that I wish would be fixed but in spite of these infrastructure issues, for the most part people care about their homes and yards and have the means to keep things up well. I realize not everyone is in this position and for some it’s probably a struggle but most of us seem to be ok. We are not in dire straights and we have plenty to be grateful for.

I hope you can come to see what is right and going well for your sake and for ours.

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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