Hello friends and happy Still Waiting Day. I can only hope that by the time you read this, the waiting will be over. I’ve been in a holding pattern this week that feels even weirder and more stressful than when we started quarantine back in March. At least this time I have a group text going with Katie & Sara. also, the weather is much nicer. and I’ve honed my Zoom and FaceTime skills to stay connected with folks. I finally went for a run this morning and I think it helped to clear my head. The colors aren’t great this year … still … they’re pretty!
Thinking About … maybe it’s a good thing Biden didn’t win by a landslide. We might’ve been lulled into thinking that racism, even Trumpism, was behind us. Now, though, we know we have a lot of hard work ahead of us. I read this in an Instagram story – I think – and I can’t find the source. If anyone knows where it’s from, please share!
Grateful For … the incredible work of Stacey Abrams to register voters and get out the vote here in Georgia. I’m seeing numbers like 800,000 NEW voters. WOW! After she lost the gubernatorial race here in 2018, she said it wasn’t because Georgia was a Red State – it was because Georgia was a Purple State with voter suppression issues. yep.
Inspired By … Sarah and Beth at Pantsuit Politics. Their Instastories this week have made me laugh. and cry. and today’s episode “Patience Is A Political Act” is so good. I really appreciated their assessment of the results we know so far and love their positive attitude about working to fix things. They don’t complain (well, not much 😉 ), they don’t fall for false binaries, they get that they are two well-educated white women, and they think creatively. Sarah read words from Parker Palmer at the end ♥ – she and I share a love for Fr. Richard Rohr and he quoted Palmer in his November 3 daily devotion. Sarah read the last paragraph on the podcast, and I think the first paragraph provides a bit of helpful context. So this is from Rohr’s devotion:
“Of all the tensions we must hold in personal and political life, perhaps the most fundamental and most challenging is standing and acting with hope in the “tragic gap.” On one side of that gap, we see the hard realities of the world, realities that can crush our spirits and defeat our hopes. On the other side of that gap, we see real-world possibilities, life as we know it could be because we have seen it that way. . . .
If we are to stand and act with hope in the tragic gap and do it for the long haul, we cannot settle for mere “effectiveness” as the ultimate measure of our failure or success. Yes, we want to be effective in pursuit of important goals. . . . [But] we must judge ourselves by a higher standard than effectiveness, the standard called faithfulness. Are we faithful to the community on which we depend, to doing what we can in response to its pressing needs? Are we faithful to the better angels of our nature and to what they call forth from us? Are we faithful to the eternal conversation of the human race, to speaking and listening in a way that takes us closer to truth? Are we faithful to the call of courage that summons us to witness to the common good, even against great odds? When faithfulness is our standard, we are more likely to sustain our engagement with tasks that will never end: doing justice, loving mercy, and calling the beloved community into being.”
and finally Fun … I mentioned the group text thread I have going with Katie & Sara … it is full of the best memes (Sara does Twitter and Katie follows some very funny and astute folks, too). Sara shared this whole thread with us this afternoon. Nevada gets most of the attention. Still, it’s funny. and I am incredibly grateful to the folks who are (STILL) counting ballots and doing their best to make sure every vote gets counted. Also, this is me, every night(thankful for all the leftover Halloween candy in helpfully sized portions … this was Wednesday night’s serving. looks like a 60/40 split to me!)
On that note, wishing you the best weekend available to you!