Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Dark Days Ahead

Small section of a larger piece I'm working on
Difficult times are upon us here in the U.S., and in the world.  The fallout and sense of fear and uncertainty from last night's election results will be with us for a very long time.  Things are going to get a whole lot worse before they begin to get better...if they ever do improve at all.

In some ways nothing is any different.  Yet everything is very different.  It's another world entirely from the one we all woke up to on Tuesday morning.

Personally I don't feel at too great a risk of having my life changed hugely by what's to come.  Because I'm already so far down on the socioeconomic scale and yet have managed to arrange my life such that I still have a bit of wiggle room for some degree of things beyond my control.

But I'm really terrified for all the people who are going to suffer great losses in any number of ways, especially our brothers and sisters who are LGBTQ, Muslim, Black, Native American, Hispanic, differently-abled, other immigrants, and of course younger woman, all of whom collectively represent a huge percentage of people in this country.  And I'm sad and sick inside for what has become/what is becoming of America.  This is no longer the country I was born and raised in.  I don't know this place anymore.

I feel despondent, and speechless.  And numb.

I'm gonna take a hiatus here for a bit.  Do my retreat thing.  Go within, read a lot, be quiet as much as I can.

Blessings and love to all of you. 

14 comments:

KrisR said...

I echo your sentiments. I am so sad. And I realized this morning that I am also angry. And numb. I see myself withdrawing inward also.

Jan said...

I was driving today, listening to the radio about the effects on health care. When I heard the subsidies are going away I started to cry. Dark days indeed.

Leslie said...

Love the little quilted piece, the colors and composition hit all my buttons.

Anna H said...

Connie, I feel your pain and I am also concerned about the things you mentioned. I am trying to stay positive thinking of the good in my life and being grateful. I hope you can find some positive things to focus on, it will certainly help. Sending you lots of warm hugs......

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

This piece is beautiful and nice to know it is a part of an even larger quilt. I hope you will continue during your time away.
I too am numb and sad.

john said...

I totally am with you and am so glad I have art to delve into.

jenclair said...

Love your new work. Trying to come to terms with the new situation, but very high anxiety. I am happy that the people I know who have had different opinions have been cautious and considerate in voicing their views. What I've seen online (from both sides) has been cringe-worthy.

KAM said...

as I ramble along this bumpy road, I keep to watching my birds, writing and stitching alone and once a day I give an hour to coaching reading for the refugees from Congo who are re-settling in our community. Folks in surrounding communities have very negative views of this project, but I find peace, love and joy as I work each day with the women and in a week I will add work with one child each day at the schools. My small bit of being one who stands strong for beliefs that I hold dear. Heart ache softens when these fine times come into my days. I will miss reading your blog posts, but surely know just how much we each need to find what will salve our brokenness.
Kristin

Liz Ackert said...

I bid you peace ...

Jeanne Aird said...

It's going to be a very difficult 4 years ahead. Perhaps he will be impeached before too long because he's so volatile. We need to stay strong and gear up for the 2020 election. By then I doubt anyone will want him or his regime ever again. I think many of the people who voted for him will be so disappointed to say the least. Your current piece kind of says it all, the colorful circle slowly moving away to reveal a black hole.

Jeanne-Sylvie said...

I want to express my sympathy and solidarity to you and i share your sadness for what happens in your country. I send encouragements and peaceful thoughts your way, you are not alone ,
Warmly.

jude said...

this is simply beautiful. i find refuge in it.

Charlton Stitcher said...

The election has been so big in the news here in the UK that we feel most personally for you all. The morning after the Brexit vote here, many of us felt the same feelings as you express. As a Remain voter, for me the decision to leave the EU was like a bereavement. I was struck dumb at how such a seemingly pointless and potentially damaging thing could have happened and fearful of what might be to come. Those in power had not anticipated such a result and now it appears everyone is groping around in the dark ... frightening indeed - and an extraordinary parallel with your position in the US.

Take care in your retreat. May the solitude bring you peace.

Angie said...

I love this piece!!