Betsy’s Corner: Every Which Way

It seemed like a quiet weekend. Plans included cleaning the house and doing laundry. It was just an ordinary January end of week ritual. There wasn’t much going on. Not really. The United States Government shut down. Strong women marched, wearing pink knit hats, in Northampton, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and beyond.

The EPA and issues with immigration are all over the Internet. It’s almost impossible to keep up with it all! Listening to the President is something I can’t bear any longer! Words are meaningless with his often-dysfunctional actions. In town, historic preservation of a local landmark is on everyone’s lips. The TV news was full of local accidents on Interstate-91 very close to home. Four people died. Sometimes I just want to hide under a blanket during this time of year, other times I want to escape to a far away deserted island where its sunny all the time. Usually, I hang out with my dog, taking walks in the snow and catching up with old friends near and far. Being a comfort to others can take my mind off the world’s problems – at least temporarily!

The key is to focus on what’s important. Concentrate on the present. Don’t get obsessed with the past or the future. Love your family. Create a sanctuary of peace and serenity in the midst of a world gone out of control! Listen to others and try not to judge their actions. Good advice for us all! How can we handle all the conflicting news out there? How can we deal with the chaos created by the present administration in Washington? What is the best way to create positive change in our town, in our region, in our state and in the world at large? There are so many people out there setting bad examples for our children and out families! It is good that everyone is finally speaking out but it’s depressing to hear all the woman who say #metoo, because I am one of them. To be a woman, born in the late 20th Century, means facing the fact that sexual discrimination in the workplace is still commonplace. Let’s try to get the next generation a fairer climate for both sexes.

The world can be a scary place but somehow we must rise above the gossip, misinformation and lies in the media. Let’s face the future together and empower our young people to make a different as they reach up and reach out towards the future, where they will work towards making their dreams come true. Having a simple life is not so simple.

Reaching for what was once called “the American Dream” is full of new issues and new obstacles we need to navigate. We can run but we cannot hide. Running every which way makes for confusion and chaos. We must all think before we act, and move forward! Henry David Thoreau said, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.”

– By Betsy Huber Port