“Keep your eye on the ball,” my parents would instruct as I learned many basic sports (we were a sports addict family). In retrospect, that always seemed such an easy thing to say but not being particularly gifted in the realm of hand-eye coordination, it was often a struggle. However, I would practice and eventually became proficient enough at most sports to make them playable and fun.
Now we find ourselves in a new “game”, one neither fun to play nor one in which losing is an option. Like those days before we must practice and must become proficient. The game to which I refer is one I call “What are they doing today?”
Today are we facing an assault on our basic decency as human beings?
Today are we facing pro-white supremacist remarks which require public condemnation?
Today are we facing another assault on the basic right of healthcare for all?
Today are we facing proposals of yet more crippling tax cuts all for lining pockets of huge corporations and the ultra-rich?
Today are we facing a dictator like request for all information on people visiting anti-Trump websites?
Today are we facing NAFTA negotiations that go against what is good for the United States, Canada, Mexico, and most businesses?
Today are we facing …
Not only are we asked to keep our eye on the ball, the number of them thrown at us increases daily and the rules of the game are both changing and no longer followed by the rule makers.
Aside from a lot of coffee and multi-tasking during really long conference calls how do you manage?
As with any sport you practice. You find text-bots which automate sending of letters, faxes, and emails to congress. You write and rehearse what you want to say as your opening statement on any phone call to a member of your political world. You write blog posts, however badly they may turn out, while reading and studying the posts of writers your admire. You talk with those who agree but bring up the counter-points to your positions which then prepares you for those who truly believe those counter points. You reach outside your comfort zone every day and you push that zone a little further each time you again feel comfortable.
Guess what else you do? You go to work. You come home. You take breaks, you have a beer and watch bad TV, you play board games with your family, you do things that are fun. Unless your job IS being a member of congress or an activist you cannot live both worlds full-time and do either with success and that’s OK. You are not alone, there are literally millions of people fighting with you.
Chin up, take a breath, keep your eye on the ball, and swing with all you have.