No Politics for a While; Maybe Ever

Yesterday, I took the day off from politics. I enjoyed the day so much that I’m going to continue the exercise and see what it does for my outlook, my physical health, my relationships and life in general.

Like so many Americans these days, I have been in a constant state of political despair–virtually since Richard Nixon was elected in 1968 (with my help, I’m afraid).The last year and a half has all but stripped me of hope for the future of our country and has told me in no uncertain terms that I can do absolutely nothing about this head-long dash to self-destruction. My comments fall on deaf ears, but they take time, effort and cause a great deal of stress.

Recently, those comments about the day’s events have not just drawn fire from those I would expect to be in opposition, but they have resulted in hateful responses from those who say they are liberals–like me. I’m doing something terribly wrong here and I’m going to stop–at least for a while; maybe for good–and find out what the other side feels like. Call it blissful ignorance if you’d like, but I’m 71 years old and getting weary of the constant battle, one my side is losing these days.

So, today, I continue the emphasis on personal gratitude. And that means that today I am grateful I have a choice and can exercise it.

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Dan Smith is an award-winning journalist in Roanoke, Va., and a member of the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame. He is an author, photographer, essayist, father and grandfather. Co-founder of Valley Business FRONT magazine and founder of the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference. On Advisory Board of New River Voice.

4 replies on “No Politics for a While; Maybe Ever”

There’s a thin line between taking a stand against hate and letting hate seep into your heart. Don’t give up on making the world a better place, but don’t invest too much of yourself into it. Be sure your shares are truthful; keep in mind what you are trying to accomplish: are you trying to make the world better, or are you just adding to the anger?

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