Our friend Debra Condren sent the following yesterday. Couldn't have said it better.
This is definitely one way to cope with the travesty that I call the United States of Arabia with much sadness and hope for 2008.
I am passing this on to you because it definitely worked for me and we all could use more calm in our lives. By following the simple advice heard on a Dr. Phil show, I have finally found inner peace.
Dr. Phil proclaimed: 'The way to achieve inner peace is to finish all the things you've started.'
So I looked around my house to see all the things I started and hadn't finished, so, before leaving the house this morning, I finished off a bottle of Merlot, a bottle of White Zinfandel, a bottle of Bailey's, a bottle of Kahlua, a package of Oreos, the remainder of both Prozac and Valium prescriptions, the rest of the cheesecake, some saltines and a box of chocolates.
You have no idea how good I feel.
Please pass this on to those you feel are in need of inner peace.
Like so many others, I'm trying to understand how to move on from yesterday's disaster. While I resonate with Joi's sentiments -- I do feel like the people of America have failed the rest of the world -- we need to find a path forward. I've drawn some inspiration from Larry Lessig's post and the conversation around it.
This campaign has generated a tremendous surge of political consciousness and energy. How will we harness it to do some good in the world?
When I was a teenager, I protested the Vietnam war in the streets. I still recall hearing John Kerry speak at a rally on Boston Common, in front of the Massachusetts State House. As everyone knows now, Kerry was the leader of Vietnam Veterans Against the War. Frankly, he spoke for me that day more than he ever did during this campaign. I was inspired to raise my voice and take to the streets.