Political Depression – Who knew we would be here?

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Today sunny and there is a nice gulf breeze constantly kissing my cheek in Tarpon Springs. The time is fifteen minutes past 11:00am and the whirring of construction is nearby and in full swing. Flowers have begun to uncurl and birds and playing along the power lines.

Across the Tampa Bay area, thousands of women are on their way out to downtown St. Petersburg to march in the Women’s March on Washington to protest against the inauguration of Donald J Trump as the 45th President of the United States.

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It is a painful reality to confront at 7:45 am as I walk to Hellas to get a cappuccino while my household slept.

The newspaper says there are protests happening with hundreds of thousands of people in around 250 countries.  A small flock of tears are welling in my eyes.  I’m in public and trying hard not to burst but I feel proud as can be for the protestors and their stories.  This is the reality of that future I spent years dreaming of.

Those of us enamored with the idea of technology believed:

Surely the internet will bring the world together. Surely, we will finally have peace and equality for all on the planet.

Learn and love each other for the first time.  And maybe we still might, but the journey will take longer than we knew.

The volume of hate has increased so much. It’s way more hate than we anticipated. When you are raised with it, hate is hard to unlearn.

It was like a punch in the gut, realizing that despite the movement to educate people and promote love and equality, there is still so much hate in the USA. There is a movement in tech to fight this, and because technology has that power this movement shouldn’t be ignored.  But it doesn’t feel like its working.

These companies are investing more in educating the people than any of the government programs. The same programs which have been left collecting dust while we spend trillions of dollars on war and bailing out big banks.

Have a look at LinkedIn’s investing and acquisition of Lynda, the uprising of MOOC culture and sites such as Courser.org , Udemy.com, EdEx.com, and even universities themselves offering training and educational content for free.  The way we teach and learn as a society is evolving because the danger of having and nurturing uneducated masses is more obvious than it ever has been before.

For so long, we allowed systemic gentrification and mass relocation to the massive and growing urban sprawls, meanwhile allowing rural communities to be driven into economic collapse, abandoning them, their education and their future.

I hope we the people of the Unites States of America can really ACTIVATE each other and make a difference in 2020.

We’ve got to stay strong through this presidency.  Fight every step of the way to protect our rights and progress so far.

We need to hold our governments accountable, as they represent us.

We cant stand by and expect politicians to do good,. They haven’t been and they wont.  Decades have gone by with the American publics concerns sidelined in favor of the concerns of big money. These are truly dark and historically significant times and the time is not now to do nothing.

The plants we keep and the strength it brings

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At around 7:45am every morning,  I go outside to sit in my garden.  I’m growing flowers, tropical plants and succulents in the ground. It brings me peace watching them over a cup of coffee or tea while the sun emerges from the damp Florida skies.

This is my favorite part of each day.

Some mornings, I  will water my gardens in the traditionally inefficient way of using a watering can. Sometimes I’ll catch the glimpse of a turtle or deer.

Other times, I walk around with my bare feet experiencing the wet earth and dew covered grass.

In the morning, there are occasionally morning glory blooms. They appear in blues and pink, and show themselves for a few hours before they crumble away as the sun begins to shine.

In the evening, we have the elegant flowers I love to refer to as unicorn flowers, as they look just like a unicorn horn before they bloom.

These flowers smell so wonderful and look like a flower made of silk.

There are 3 pink rose bushes, a philodendrum, Florida cactus tree, marigolds, rosemary, elephant ears, fern, Hawaiian tuberose, basil, and many more plants growing in my beautiful yard. Every day I will sit with them and think of them. Immerse myself in their floral energy.

The parallels between growing plants and businesses have always been evident to me. You cannot grow something if it is not planted in the right environment and has all of the needs of a plant of it’s type.

They are so fickle and yet, when you know how to care for them, they can prosper. Seeds plant more seeds, just like customers plant more customers.

When the coffee is all gone and beauty of growth observed, I go back inside and grow something completely different.

With the year 2017 here, it is more important than ever to continue to foster this nurturing relationship with plants while society exists more and more on the internet in an open and connected way.