Because the BC election is looming, this “quiet time” is becoming increasingly challenging. It seems that everyone has an opinion, which is fine, but rather than simply voicing it, many are being a tad abrasive shall we say. And there are so many people who simply don’t take them to research. Instead of expressing well-informed opinions, they simply parrot whatever the party of their choice is saying.
The one that drives me bonkers is the “vote-splitting” meme. A vote for the Greens is a vote for the Liberals.
Actually – no.
A vote for the Greens is a vote for the Greens. Period.
The entire point of a democracy is exercising the right to vote for the party and/or person who represents your wishes. If you don’t do that, you begin to bastardize the process. How much sense does it make to vote for someone you don’t care for all that much to represent you in the legislature?
But enough of that. I express myself as best I can and read enough online to keep me informed. If I read every post I would become very disturbed and depressed. And I don’t need that in my life.
I took the dogs to Bannock Point this afternoon. On my drive back I listened to an interview with a scientist about the benefits/necessity of regular exposure to nature – all the health benefits both mental and physical such as drop in blood pressure and a feeling of calmness – and many more. I realized as I was driving how fortunate I am to be exposed to nature – indeed to be living in it – as opposed to living in a city. And even here – even surrounded by all this, I notice a profound difference in me after a day spent outside on a mountain or in a forest. We are creatures of earth, connected to nature. We may do our best to disconnect through our work and electronic gadgets, but we cannot deny that our very cells are in harmony with the earth. We need that connection in order to thrive and be at out best.
What else today? What other meanderings of the mind?
I thought about Simon and how good it is to be loved by him. How good it is to love him. How our love has evolved into something that feels real, solid and strong. I also thought about our silliness and our laughter and how much I cherish those times when we laugh and laugh and laugh – yes, even when I have to make a mad dash for the bathroom.
I thought about the exploratory hike I am doing with Ben tomorrow – and how excited I am to get out there again – first shorts of the season!
I thought about my writing and felt immensely good about it – all of it.
Lastly, I thought about sourdough bread – oh yes – hot, fresh sourdough tonight with a monster salad. My favourite meal!
Life is good.