Of course, during the 14 straight hours my husband and I were bailing water out of our electric-powered basement sump pumps after the power went out and the three cold, dark days it took the utility company to get our power back on, it felt somewhat traumatic. But compared to what our neighbors just to the north in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut have been living through, we recognize that we were barely inconvenienced. We are counting our blessings.
I’m also thankful that Barack Obama was re-elected and citizens in my home state of Maryland voted in favor of marriage equality and offering in-state college tuition rates for the children of undocumented immigrants. Our country has to move towards more tolerance and equity, and I think both these measures are steps in the right direction.
I’m worried about how divided our country is right now. But my own political (or, more accurately, moral and philosophical) beliefs are so strongly held that I understand why people fight for their own principles, even when I can’t understand why they feel as they do. As the James Taylor video I posted says, though, there are certain things we should all be able to agree on — particularly “our desire to see the world become a place in which our children can grow free and strong.” Check it out if you’re not familiar with this brilliant piece of poetry.