Saturday, April 22, 2017

A Welcome Break

Other than Easter Sunday, I've worked every day for the last couple of weeks, and so I am a little punchy. I've been grateful to be that busy, because of the other stuff that's been going on, too, but it will be nice to manage my own time a little today, and hopefully not drop into the recliner exhausted by 9 PM. I am going to meet with a sponsee, have coffee with an old friend, visit with my brother at some point, go grocery shopping, remove one point of contention with the ex, go to the library, clean at least one room of the house, take the dog on a long walk, watch the hockey game tonight, maybe catch the evening meeting, and in general take a break from the stresses that have been messing with my serenity. 
I've started paying attention to the outside world a little bit more in recent days and weeks, and in a strange sort of way, it's helping me to confirm that my judgment and reasoning ability hasn't completely corroded away. I knew that people in the country would tire quickly of The Donald, and they have. I knew he would be disastrous as President, and he has. While I do not want to see the bullshit ideas become the way government works for 4 years, I also think that 4 years of this shite will be enough to overcome the rigging of the system to get both him and his party out of power. On a local front, it took several months, but the former County Executive was finally arrested and charged with a crime for using municipal credit cards for personal use, the issue that likely cost her the election six months ago. Sometimes the wheels of justice turn slowly, but sometimes--sometimes--they do work. 
On more positive notes: my brother has been moved to another hospital, where the rehab from back surgery can begin in earnest; it's going to be a long haul, but at least the worst is over. My good friend has been named acting DSS commissioner, effective April 30; I have no doubts that he will be up to the job, and I really hope that he is considered for the permanent post. I've learned, as I always do when a relationship ends, that I have a lot of people that care about me and wish the best for me. Fred, Mark, Aldo, Donna, Britany, Harley, April, Don, Dave, Patty, Tonia--you've all helped me more than you know in the last few days, gave me a sense of perspective that is on-point, confirmed that my feelings and views are not completely self-serving, and reminded me that I have much to be thankful regardless of what is happening. The Rangers are, knock on wood, possibly ready to advance in the playoffs, and there is nothing I like more than watching playoff hockey in May with my team on the TV.  My daughter is having an excellent softball season, even as her team is struggling mightily to find its feet in its state championship defense. 
My life ain't all it could be right now, and there are things, peoples, and feelings I would rather not deal with and feel. But it's manageable,because there is so much more than surface things to my life, and those things are a big part of what gives me a sense of purpose and fulfillment that money and material things never will. And I intend for today, at least, to be a celebration of that fact. 

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