It’s so easy to be swept up by all the negativity; to feel crushed and drowning in the undertow.
Every day there is fresh pain erupting from wounds that have not yet had the chance to scab or heal.
Every day the lines of division and hatred burrow deeper trenches; erect higher barricades.
Every day The Other becomes a more dangerous and loathsome enemy in the ongoing war against anything perceived as different, opposing, threatening.
Every day the justification feverishly escalates to polarize, condemn, attack, conquer, and eliminate.
I recognize that much of my thoughts, moods, and expressions are reflections of my exposure to this negativity, and I’m committed to being responsible about how I project this in my mind, communication, and interactions.
The practice of gratitude keeps me from being completely overwhelmed by the disgust, hopelessness, frustration, and fear that I feel in response to all this madness in the world outside my home.
There are many things for which I am thankful, including that I am healthy and privileged enough to be creating and sharing this message.
I would like to honor the blessings that have been shining a light in the darkness of recent days, filling my heart with happiness and gratitude.
To start this series, I’ll carry on a tradition that I used to enjoy years ago in photography forums – Caturday.
Leto is a constant source of joy, wonder, and love.
I am so thankful to have found him, to be able to provide him with a healthy, safe, and loving home, and to spend each day marveling at his beauty, mischief, tranquility, and sweet affection.