Overwhelmed… Edges of Depression

Tired, overwhelmed.  I think of the WestWing episode where the man is sitting
in the bar with Toby and he says he doesn’t mind working to care for his family,
that it is a good thing, but just a little help would make a huge difference.

Just a little help, a little relief.  For things not to quite be this hard and more,
this hopeless, at this time.  Tonglen helps, breathing in the world’s sorrows and fear, sending out a breath of hope, what I sometimes don’t have any of because it is all so overwhelming.  I have a bit of comfort knowing that others feel the same.

Be kind.  If you have nothing but vitriol coming out today then turn and walk away.
People are feeling this way all over….

w17-1-20-nost-inauguration-02Above, all the anger and fear written over and over in a line then brushed with water…

KWZ Foggy Green ink in a Metropolitan pen, and pencil.

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8 Responses to Overwhelmed… Edges of Depression

  1. shoreacres says:

    And what strikes me is that no group has cornered the market on these feelings. There are despairing conservatives as well as liberals, Christians who fear for their country as well as those of no faith. A sense that the rule of law is being taken from us is everywhere, and the freedom to speak is eroding.

    What you say is so important. If all of us could be kind to one person each day — even before finding out if they agree with us on the issues! — things could improve, I think. Then, it might become more possible for us to unite against the bigger threats.

    • Agreed, many groups are uncomfortable. Maybe if everyone realized the Constitutional Fathers had a good idea when they spoke to our freedoms being important, as long as they are not truly impinging on another. I am shocked and disheartened in a way that I have never felt over a Republican President. This is not normal politics, but feels like we are being ripped apart at our core. I really can’t stomach Limbaugh, but I will fight for his right to spout his words on the air. I grew up in a small town where the John Birchers and Hippy folks were constantly arguing, but not to the point where they could not come together over a threat to our homes…

  2. joey says:

    I like that scene in The West Wing too. I like how hard they end up fighting for the daddy wanting a little help.
    A little help goes a long way. Wishing you brighter, lighter days. 🙂

  3. lynnesgarden says:

    I’ve never watched west wing but you are not alone in your feelings. I’ve been in the valley since the election, the valley of fear, but I was lifted out and realized that Love is the only true power attainable and Divine Love is always with us. It is our very life force and untouched by earthly chaos. The Machiavellian marauders can never take that away from us. We can daily turn to our fellow living beings on this earth and seeing a need we can still offer a helping hand to make their lives just a little easier. If only with a smile and a kind world of encouragement if that’s all we have left. As the gentle rain renews the earth so our lives will be renewed by the transformation of our thoughts. In the face of all this anger and insanity we can stand strong in our conviction that Love is the greatest power on this plane of existence and beyond. We must stand resolute in the power of Love. Love is not weakness. Love is power.

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