Hang in there Mary. The caregiver needs to care for herself too. Believe me, I've been there. See if you can get somebody to sit in for you from time to time. I've been inspired by Obama's books too. I thought "Dreams from my Father" was one of the most honest and real autobiographies I've ever read. Happy New Year to you and your husband.
I agree. I thought this thread was about goals for 2009. I will say, however, that any words from Rick Warren will probably be forgotten by the time Barack Obama delivers his inaugural address and Rev. Lowry finishes the benediction. You all remember Rev. Lowry, don't you? He's the one who offered these words at Correta Scott King's funeral:
"We know now there were no weapons of mass destruction over there. But Coretta knew and we know that there are weapons of misdirection right down here. Millions without health insurance. Poverty abounds. For war billions more but no more for the poor!"
I think we need to focus on President Obama's plans to save our the middle class. Without its middle class, there is little hope for anyone else in this great nation.
Another good post Kimi. I can easily see two primary reasons for the breakdown in civility. First: There is a constant barrage of hateful rhetoric polluting our airwaves...mostly from the far right RL types, but some just as nasty from the left. Second: The internet. With anonymity, people are often far more rude and say things they normally wouldn't in a face-to-face discussion. And there are those who are chronically po'd and looking for any old excuse to post a nasty reply.
I love the idea of conflict resolution. Isn't it one of the primary tenants that the mediator not take sides?
Dan...I agree with your point that we all need to work together for the common good. We all have our self-interests, but for now we need to focus on the big picture. You can't bring about change unless you face those with whom you have conflict or disagreement. Haven't we just experienced 8 years of the "You're either with us or against us" philosophy?
Also (here I go nitpicking...sorry) it is my fervent hope that, beginning in this new year of 2009, the phrase "under the bus" could be run over by a fleet of Greyhounds and hauled off to the junkyard of overused cliche's. Now, there's a resolution for you to work on mark.
hopeful....Good for you - "Fighting the urge for revenge..." It must be difficult, but your son needs all the positivity you can muster at this point. Keep holding strong!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I have a much better feeling starting off this new year than I've had in quite some time.
One of my resolutions for 2009 is not to get sucked into petty and sometimes hateful bickering. It's high time we lift our collective nation out of the muck and get on with the business that effects each and every one of us. This is how I interpreted the CHANGE message of Barack Obama. It's up to each and every one of us.
In the words of Ghandi: "BE the CHANGE you want to see in the world."
I am tired of hearing about Rick Warren. You people are giving him far too much importance. I would wager you can't even remember who gave the invocation in 2004, 2000 or 1996, etc. Sometimes people destroy their own causes by being so strident. We are facing HUGE problems that impact ALL of us. So, how about putting your own selfish desires aside and focusing on the big picture.