Of things to come [Politic-ing]

There is no denying the current American political climate has plunged many of us into a state of mental, emotional, physical, and quite literally global warfare. We have many options, the most urgent things to surface being find a bunker and hide with your most trusted comrades and rations or strap in and hold on tight.

With every headline and breaking story my heart finds a deeper level to sink. How low can it go? Hopefully, I'll never know, but what I do know is that we have to be aware (beware) of things to come, coming, and went including...

In-fighting | It's not on purpose, but sometimes an agitated blow lands on the one closest and often it's the person in your corner. Resist the urge to fight friends, partners, lovers, and allies.

Communication Break Down | Jezzzz! I see so many posts about retrograde this and that, and the same people neglect to identify or even be aware when communication breaks down. Don't get caught in this trap.

Silent Puppet | Some systems are in place to annoy this ish out of us. It just stands back and waits for us to go at it. Remember that. Who is pulling the strings?

Short Cuts | Organizations and systems are organized by people guided by rules, laws, principles, insights, ambitions, you name it. At the end of the day, we're all people. Avoid dehumanizing the people behind the structures. Some people are assholes, some are not. Assuming that all are the former is like premature ejaculation. It's quick and uncomplicated, but unlikely to lead to sustaining quality relationships.

Listening and Hearing | Not the same thing. What is said may not be what you hear. Listen for understanding. It's hard to hear either side when both are screaming super loudly.

Burn Out | It's a marathon, not a sprint. 45 doesn't seem to be calming down anytime soon so we should pace ourselves. Eat well, drink water, and treat yo'self.

Slight of Hand | Don't be fooled! Pay attention to all angles or while you're looking right, get a friend to keep an eye on the left. Best believe that while our attention is focused in one direction, tom-foolery is happening in the opposite direction. Example: 1. While Hurricane Harvey made US landfall, 45 tried to slip in a trans military ban and pardoned racist Joe Arpaio; or 2. Tensions with North Korea are heating up, 45 demolishes Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals; 3. name anything 45 posts on Twitter

Needless to say, the road isn't just bumpy, it's a shit show wooden roller coaster with busted screws, un-lubricated breaks, and no shock absorbers (like The Hurler roller coster at Carowinds). Buckle in, it's gonna be a long 4 (hopefully 2 1/2 years) of shenanigans.

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