As I’ve mentioned a few times, I have a collection of quotes in a box on my desk, which I cycle through whenever the mood seems right. Over the last several weeks, I’ve been reading a quote by Thomas Edison, “When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this – you haven’t.” When I initially picked this out from the card box, I wasn’t sure what to make of it exactly. I read it. I understood it. But I didn’t have an aha moment, until today.
Today in this post election world, one that I am still trying to wrap my head around, I am struggling to find a way forward. I know this feeling will pass, that the urgency and anxiousness that I feel will settle. And in the meantime, this quote will serve as a reminder that there is no dead-end, that there is always another way. I wonder how I could have gotten more involved. I wonder how I can make a change to bring hope and love into our country, which is so clearly divided. I’m pondering other possibilities, and it feels hopeful.
Thanksgiving happening in the midst of my current mood opens up another possibility – to choose to be thankful and trust in this great country of ours. We came on the Mayflower as a band of misfits, people that England no longer wanted. There is much to be thankful and grateful for. We are alive! We have food and water! We have love and kindness!
Reach out to someone this week and spread a little love. Buy the coffee for the person behind you in line. Surprise your partner with a card. Share a beer with a neighbor. Leave a note of kindness for the mail person or trash collector. Take one small step towards bringing love into your every day, and remember, there is always another way.