It’s the holiday season, a time for friends, family, togetherness and caring for our fellow humans, as the song goes, the most wonderful time of the year. Except for the fact that the majority of our elected leaders are no better than cartoonish super villains who delight in stealing from the poor to give to the rich. Also, apparently everyone you trusted is a secret monster. If that doesn’t curdle your eggnog, I don’t know what will.
So what can ordinary people do?
1 Get involved-Make a donation to a worthy charity, or if money is tight, give of your time, or write a letter to your congress person or senator and shame them for not voting in the interest of their constituents.
2 Be Kind-Open a door, help someone do something or let someone know that they are appreciated or that they’ve done a good job or that they’re a good person. This is especially important with those who we disagree with. Remember that all people have valid concerns and listening is the first step to accord. Reducing someone to a cliché is a dead end.
3 Make Something-I have found that when I’m writing, I’m happier than when I’m not. Creating something new makes the world better. Paint, sing a song, or cook a meal, the act of making enriches life. Don’t destroy things. I really shouldn’t have to say that, but just in case I wasn’t clear.
None of these things will change the world overnight, and may seem like throwing a pebble in the ocean. But, you never know what effect your actions have until you do them. And don’t be a monster.