You Know Me

It’s Saturday night in my part of the world. For some of you it’s already Sunday. Here we all are on the cusp of our collective yesterdays and tomorrows, but more importantly, we’re all in the now, right this moment, it’s now.

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired. In my country we’re suffering through the final spin cycle of what has been an insane presidential campaign. Now I expect this is when some of you will start bristling, because I’ve made my choice quite clear. But I don’t want to talk about that tonight. No more he said she said wackiness. No more dredging up taken out of context or “gotcha” fodder to prove who’s right and who’s wrong. We’re all messed up right now. It’s true. And we’ve forgotten who we are and why we’re here.

If you’re a faithful soul then you know I’m right. And it doesn’t matter what religion you claim as your own. Even if you don’t have a particular way or truth you know it too. We’re all a bit lost aren’t we? And we’re all hurting. And we all feel pretty alone right now. Am I right?

It feels good and affirming to gravitate toward the shiny objects and loud voices that seem to say what we’re thinking. But shiny objects are an illusion and loud voices? Well, I’m afraid a lot of the time they’re loud because they like to hear themselves talk. There is a voice we’re forgetting in the cacophony of all of this noise. You know what it is. It’s that tiny voice that rumbles up from your belly. The one that whispers in our ears when we’re faced with a big decision.

I know you. You’re my friends and family, my neighbor’s and co-workers. You’re the person in the car next to me, or even the one in the car in front of me that’s driving too slow…the one that made me clench my steering wheel and my teeth wishing you would just put your phone away and drive, already…or worse! We bring out the best and worst in each other. And in those worst moments, that’s when we forget. Yes, I know you and you know me.

Tonight I am thinking about that. About you. And I’m trying to remember who I am and why I’m here. I don’t have all the answers. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring. And I’m not always right, but I’m also not always wrong…and neither are you.

The thing is, I need you. And you need me too. No matter what happens, I do know one thing. There is nothing that we can’t fix together, if things get messed up.

But hey, it’s not all bad either. We’re flawed, but most of us want to be good, to do the right thing. And there is a lot of goodness in the world too. I hope you can see the goodness around you. I know I’m going to try harder to notice.

We’ll get through this. We will. I know you. And you know me. Remember that and we’ll all be okay.

Peace y’all. I really mean it.

kat – 10 September 2016


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