So yesterday afternoon I grew weary of seeing my husband moping and sitting in his chair every evening, dozing off from depression, and took it upon myself to switch things up. I invited our friends who’s husbands make home brew together and schedueled an impromptu dinner. And we were going to play games and laugh. When I told Todd that we were having dinner guests, he complained, “I don’t want to see anyone,” Too bad, I told him, you need to get out of your funk. We were not sure if the one couple voted in alignment with the four of us but I thought they were intelligent and gracious enough people that perhaps we could engage in a conversation and hear each other’s sides, perhaps come to some deeper understanding and empathy for one another’s political concerns. But as luck would have it, as soon as they entered they announced, “If it’s any consultation, our candidate lost too.” But we weren’t gathering together for a bitch session but a hearty laugh session. After dinner, (and a few home brews) we played Dictionary and laughed so wonderfully for hours over the silly and smart definitions people crafted and how we were fooled. We did talk politics and that was even good for us. One person knew more about one area, say banking and she gave us insight on the state of affairs under the new administration. Others had done research in other areas and enlightened us. But the real gift of the evening was joining with friends who share our emotional state, being with friends helped us move forward a bit and not stay stuck. They gave Todd and I hope. Not because they had any answers, but because we knew we were not alone and that as we always knew, we were stronger together. One can easily forget that, staying in one’s small little world, with the internet, or just simply ruminating sad, hopeless thoughts over and over again in one’s head. I encourage you to do the same…

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  1. Great post, Cindy! We too have begun finding ways to have fun and laugh, and also meditate with friends, to remind ourselves of the power of love and community.

  2. Good for you. The brew must have been very good. You are never alone if you have friends. Though they be thousands of miles away, true friends are there for you. Remember these words from a popular song of yesteryear by James Taylor…
    You just call out my name
    And you know wherever I am
    I’ll come running to see you again, oh baby, don’t you know
    Winter, spring, summer or fall
    Hey now, all you have to do is call
    And I’ll be there, yes I will
    You’ve got a friend
    You’ve got a friend, yeah
    Ain’t it good to know you’ve got a friend
    Ain’t it good to know you’ve got a friend
    Oh, ye yeah, you’ve got a friend

  3. Thanks for sharing…it is easy to become depressed at the state of affairs in our political arena for both Democrates and Republicans!! We can only hope the future will be better.

  4. Cindy Ross! How great it is to know you’re still in the world! I think of you now and again remembering how much fun it was to be in your world on the mountain for a short little time. I read your children are 24 and 26. The time does fly. Wishing you and your family much happiness in the coming year and those that follow. With the kindest of regards, Laura Vernon Russell

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