Happy Sunday! We had a very blustery week weather wise so this afternoon we'll be cleaning up the yard. The inauguration is over and Trump is finally ensconced in the white house. I am cautiously optimistic and open minded and looking forward to the future. I'm willing to give him a chance, unlike a lot of folks out there who are afraid of change.
The marches this weekend reminded me of the 70's ERA and feminist movement and all the bra burning and the them against us rhetoric. I'm turned off by Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Madonna and other celebrities. I'm turned off by the p**sy parade. Let's take a word that doesn't belong in pubic and shout it from the rooftops. They are offensive, more so than Trump. People forgave Bill Clinton for his white house indiscretions and his semantics on is. All the things folks want to affect - the double standard, lack of respect, racism - they are all guilty of. The I'm right, you are wrong attitudes. Plus I have problems with groups who pay people to protest which de-legitimizes the effort in my eyes. For the paid protesters, it's only a job, not a true conviction. But hey, you could say Trump has already helped improve the economy by creating more jobs.
We are a free nation, allowed to disagree. But respectfully. I don't think they remember what happened when Jane Fonda protested the Vietnam war. People have long memories and still won't watch any of her movies. I'm pretty much the same way. I want to be entertained, not preached at. Once I find out an author or a actor has an agenda, which creeps into all their stories and movies, I'm done. What I find discomforting is how socialism has taken over, infiltrating many groups, influencing the behavior of the younger generations, and sabotaging democracy.
It takes more courage to act every single day, doing what you can to change your life, helping others, raising up and treating people with respect. The more offensive people become, the more people cry and whine and complain, the less they will be respected or listened to. You want other countries to believe we are a nation of whiners, that democracy is a bad thing, then keep it up.
Those who expect moments of change to be comfortable
and free of conflict have not learned their history. ~Joan Wallach Scott
So change is a good thing. I am making an effort to change my habits that have been affecting my writing. I started reading K.M Weiland's Conquering Writer's Block and Summoning inspiration and within the first chapters, received a swift kick in the rear. I've gotten in the habit of reading emails and checking facebook while preparing and eating breakfast, which as everyone knows can lead to distraction of the internet. I've also gotten in the habit of listening to ebooks in the car as well as when cleaning or cooking. Diving into a book, rather than writing. I wasn't allowing my mind quiet time in which to think or daydream. I was creating too much white noise for my characters or story ideas to be heard.
So, I unplugged last Tuesday which was quite refreshing and decided I'd hold myself to the same standard as I do James with no technology until 4:00 p.m. everyday. Except for the weekends, of course. I stopped listening to audiobooks in the car and just let my mind wander as I drove. I decided to do morning pages again ala Julia Cameron's Artist Way. Within a couple days, ideas started popping into my head. I've been creating my own stumbling blocks and restricting my creativity. I'd been sabotaging myself.
When we are no longer able to change a situation,
we are challenged to change ourselves.