Each Other’s Destiny

It’s been quite the two weeks. Our adventures in Big Sky country took me by surprise.  While it was really a working trip, we actually (and unusually) planned a couple of days off.  We hiked in Glacier National Park and drove across over the Continental Divide through the high plains to the city of Great Falls.  There, we stayed with friends (one of whom happens to be the mayor) who took an afternoon off and brought us to the First Peoples’ Buffalo Jump  – just a short drive from town. Native peoples used this site for at least a thousand years before Lewis and Clark passed through. On that particular afternoon the wind was down, the sun was strong and we were the only ones there. We sat on a ledge along this mile long cliff seeing only sky, mountains and plains. The power of the place was palpable.  Was it the thousands of bison who stampeded over the cliff – or the Native peoples who came before and whose spirits fill the air – or perhaps the vastness of the land and sky that filled me with a sense of awe?  Whatever it was, I was struck by an overwhelming desire to preserve, protect and make whole this struggling country and planet we share.  Sitting on that ledge I experienced one moment of clarity when it all felt possible.  So, I said a little prayer – sent my words out over the cliff and the plains – that we we may find our way towards one another, that we may love and heal this planet and, that thousands of years from now someone will sit on this ledge and remember those who came before and who were not silent in the face of hardship.

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Then, we came home.  Home to comfort, routine and overwhelming piles of mail and work.  But in the midst of the piles was a poem by Mary Oliver sent by a friend. It brought me back to the cliff, to the sky, to my prayer.

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“I would say that there exist a thousand unbreakable links between each of us and everything else, and that our dignity and our chances are one. The farthest star and the mud at our feet are a family; and there is no decency or sense in honoring one thing, or a few things, and then closing the list. The pine tree, the leopard, the Platte River, and ourselves – we are at risk together, or we are on our way to a sustainable world together. We are each other’s destiny.”

Ideas Information Action

WOW – have you seen It’s Time To Fight? Incredible tool with great information about current issues – current and long term.  Well worth spending some time on this one – it’s a keeper.  Check out the refreshing FAQ section.

For good information on Trump’s proposed budget this check out FCNL’s website. Here are links to updates by issue:

OneVoice

Wall of Us – current calls to action!

Take a look at Grab Your Wallet to boycott companies that fill Trump’s pockets.

Indivisible – Non-partisan analysis of GOP healthcare bill from CBO (Congressional Budget Office)

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Image courtesy of Indivisible Madison

Hope is Evident

If people are informed they will do the right thing. It’s when they are not informed that they become hostages to prejudice.” – Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Here’s what Mansoor Shams, a U.S.Marine and a Muslim is doing to combat prejudice and open up a dialogue. This gives me hope.

And finally,

If you are anything like me, you are probably overwhelmed by all of this.  You probably have days when you write postcards, sign petitions, write letters to the editor and make phone calls. And you probably have days when you hide. The Ralph Waldo Emerson quote below is framed and on our bathroom wall – it was a birthday gift from Bill.  It’s the first thing I take in each morning and the last words I read at night…I hope they will speak to you as they do to me.

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” 

Here’s to you, here’s to us – all in it together.