Welp. Here goes another political opinion on our current times.

Currently the articles that I’m seeing today are:

 

An archaeologist, who studies patterns in history- predicting with Brexit, Trump and Putin we are finding ourselves to be repeating dark times, as history has always repeated every 50-100 years.

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tobias-stone/history-tells-us-what-will-brexit-trump_b_11179774.html?

 

Then we’ve got anger happening for those who feel their hate has been given a voice- 

 

http://kxan.com/2016/11/10/flyer-calling-for-vigilante-squads-circulating-around-texas-state/

 

Then there are those who are asking others who voted for Trump to empathize with those who are hurting- 

 

https://nouveauxromantiques.wordpress.com/2016/11/10/what-i-need-my-republican-peers-to-understand-about-their-hurting-friends/

 

Next are blogs on why this is Christianity's fault and why we need to fix it- http://johnpavlovitz.com/2016/11/10/white-christians-who-voted-for-donald-trump-fix-this-now/

 

And on top of that people hurting and protesting against Trump supporters and sadly acting out in violence toward them- 

http://newsninja2012.com/student-voted-for-trump-in-school-election-mom-kicks-him-out-of-house-video/

 

Here’s where I’m at: 

I started off being incredibly angry and carrying a very judgmental tone. But I’m working through it- because we can’t believe everyone who voted for Trump supports hateful and racist ideals. Everyone who I know that voted for Trump is an amazing being.

However, it makes complete sense that people are beside themselves in grief and should most certainly stand up and voice that the way Trump led his campaign was morally and ethically wrong. And it most certainly is not the way we want America to be.

But here's the trick: For those who oppose the words and hate the way Trump led in his campaign, it’s important to stand up tactfully. Choose how you can make a difference in a way that isn’t violent, angry or patronizing. You can very well take on the same tone and anger we spent this whole year hating, but do you truly think that is going to make a difference? From what I'm seeing, it simply creates a reason for "the other side" to hate. 

 

To create change, you have to go above hate and violence. 

 

Second, I do think everyone should empathize with those who are hurting. Simply because empathy is a quality we all need to be exercising. The more humanity chooses to empathize and truly pause to feel what it would feel to be in another’s shoes, the more we can wipe out, “sides” and division.

We are all going to need some mad hippie love to get through this and remain loving to our neighbors, family and friends.

With that, I do believe this is an opportunity for the church to speak up and show it’s true colors. Show why and how our faith allows us to love deeper and create unity. Right now, it feel like so many are remaining passive and quiet- but now is the time to express that even if you voted for Trump, you most certainly are not going to stand for the hate he spread during his campaign. Rather you are going to fight for each and everyone person, fight for love, and for the message that we all matter. Because that’s what Jesus would have done if he were here. He’d not be shouting about which political person was president.

He’d be loving and showing us another way. 

And lastly, we should not be living in fear, but remain optimistic. Trump is now president, but we have check and balances. And who knows, I find it very possible that he ends up leading his presidency to a very different tune than his campaign. I did vote for Hilary, I did attend a Bernie campaign during the primaries. I was all about it. But I’m going to give the man, I spent a year hating, a chance.

That does not mean I am  going to be ignorant to what’s happening in the world. And the fact that if he decides to be the man he was in his campaign, that will not only have huge implications for our community in America, but for our world. And I can't ignore the fact that we have no idea how he will run his presidency based the fact that he's had zero government experience. But let’s keep hoping for a miracle in the mean time and we’ll cross that bridge when we get there. And maybe start prepping in the mean time.

I think at the moment what's important is that we remain loving to each person around us, and we listen to each other’s viewpoints carefully, cautiously and patiently. 

With lots of love for everyone,

Mandy

"The professional, though he accepts money, does his work out of love. He has to love it. Otherwise he wouldn't devote his life to it of his own free will."

"The more you love your art/calling/enterprise, the more important it's accomplishment is to the evolution of your soul, the more you will fear it and the more Resistance you will experience facing it."

"The amateur believes he must first overcome his fear; then he can do his work. The professional knows that fear can never be overcome"

Today, as I mope around in PJ's, trying not to cough out my lungs, I am pleasantly filled with these quotes and thoughts. Thoughts I hope to carry with me today, tomorrow, this month, this year from a book called, "The War of Art," by Steven Pressfield.

And all I can say Steven, is thank you.

Thank you for reminding me that when we feel we are born to create, we must create, each and every day. Not the sort of "born to create," in that as soon as we begin, we will heap mountains of success, and bills our britches can no longer hold. No, the sort of, "born to create," where even when each creation reeks of utter failures and our pockets are crying of cobwebs, we continue on. Continue, purely for the love of forming and making something entirely of our own.

Too often I give into the Resistance, the sort of cries from my mind that reprimand and claim, "You are much too old to expense these extra minutes, and hours on making music." Yet, these extra minutes, these extra hours given to creating, are my joy. They are the gifts God gave me to feel a sense of wonder and purpose in life that can't be bought for any price in this world. 

So today, I hope to send these thoughts and quotes forward to you all. I hope they serve as inspiration and reminders to live out your joy-fillers. To not ignore the passions that were sewn into your veins. I know the ones sewn into mine, and it is up to me to choose to live them out each day. 

Love, 

Mandy 

 

"It is a commonplace among artists and children at play that they're not aware of time or solitude while they are chasing their vision. The hours fly. The sculptress and the tree- climbing tyke both look up blinking when mom calls, "Suppertime!"- Steven Pressfield

 

NEW MUSIC.. NEW VIDEOS

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After quite the journey, Whispers & Dreams has been successfully released! A fall album, Drew Millay and I couldn't be more pleased to share with you. After spending hours experimenting on quirky key boards and creating vocal magic and sometimes mishaps, we can finally sit back, and say enjoy. So enjoy! 

This album is a story of one suffering through grief, and the battles one takes between fantasy and reality. And I must say, it pairs well with rainy days, chilly bike rides, and snuggled tea time. 

 

Download or stream on bandcamp, i-tunes, spotify, amazon & more.... or click here

 

And watch the Sharon Arteaga's talented and whimsical interpretation of title track, "Whispers & Dreams" here...