I was so depressed this morning that I could barely get out of bed. This administration becomes more monstrous by the day; there is so much evil in the world, and I can’t take it anymore. There aren’t enough anti-depressants in the world to make me feel better. Like, I asked the world to quit turning because I wanted to get off. What can I do? I called my senators (both Republicans, both speaking out against the abuses at the border), I called the Department of Justice (1-202-514-2000), but I didn’t feel better. Not at all. Again, what can I do? I am one person. And I figured it out. My most important job right now is to make my own tiny corner of the world the very best that it can possibly be. And so I did.
I did anything I could think of.
- I picked up trash
- I checked a reservoir before the end of the day so my co-worker didn’t have to fill it
- I paid for the groceries of a little elderly lady whose check kept getting rejected at the check out
- I let a birthday boy help feed Al his watermelon
- I let cars into traffic, and I didn’t honk when someone cut me off
- I talked to lots of zoo guests who had questions and tried to make their day a little better
- I let son choose what we watched while we worked
- I made falafel for husband and son
- I didn’t expect son to eat the tabouli
- I let smallest pick his own dinner – ramen noodles – and didn’t bark about nutrition (there’s always tomorrow!)
- I fed my silver Arowana a little extra goodness. Roaches. Her favorite
- I gave the dogs extra biscuits
- I am making plans to take my husband to see the Mr. Rogers documentary – something that we BOTH need!
- I wrote the report for today so my co-worker didn’t have to
- I gave my intern some fun jobs to do – like feed Al. It was good for both of them
Am I cured? Not by a long shot. My heart still hurts, and I am struggling to breathe sometimes. But tomorrow is another day, and I will do it again. As much as I can for as long as I can. You do it, too. Do what you can to make your world better than it was without you. You do it, I’ll do it, and before you know it, we will have our world back. We can do it. Together. Be the light.