It's been awhile since I last posted. With time off for Christmas festivities in December and down with the flu in January, I can't believe we're into February. This makes me late with my best wishes to everyone for 2017. May you find happiness, peace, and love.
In a period where political unrest and uncertanty seems to dominate our thinking and social media, I've had time this past month to reflect on what's important to me. What's happening south of the border with our American allies and friends has impacted not only their own people, but those of us north and south of their borders and all over the world.
There are times when my husband and I have had to say: Enough is enough. Turn off the television news, stay away from social media and enjoy the day. On more than one occassion, I must admit, I've posted responses to what I think are ignorant or hateful comments, only to be ridiculed or told as a Canadian to mind my own business. In the end, I've concluded that anything I say to ignorant or hateful people, will not change their opinion. My opinion gets lost in the rhetoric. People get carried away with emotion and become irrational. I don't expect everyone to accept my opinion. Afterall, isn't that what democracy is? Freedom of thought and speech? I just wish it could be done with respect.
I've concluded what really counts, is action. I absolutely believe as the new administration of Mr. Trump moves forward, that what they do south of our border affects the whole world--it already has. I'm drawing in my horns on social media and turning to action. It's what we do that really counts.
So how does this politicized post tie into the fact that this blog is an Author site, usually dedicated to all things 'writing'?
Let me tell you. I'm an author who writes about women. Women who face tough situations and through all their struggles become empowered. This is my passion. How can I not be part of what I see as a wrongdoing, a deliberate attempt to put women back decades in their fight for equality.
In light of all the issues affecting peoples rights and women's rights in the US and with no idea of the eventual outcome and its effects, I intend to take action. Come March 8th, International Women's Day, I will join in a march, along with thousands of other people to support not only the rights for women, but for everyone, no matter their race, religion, or sexual orientation. I invite all of you to find a march in your neighbourhood and join in the fight.
During what will be tumultuous times with unforseen outcomes, I wish you peace for 2017.
And to all you writers, keep on keeping on writing. Visit me at my Facebook page HERE.