I Had A Dream

I had a dream that I awoke to a world of rationality, patriotism, non-partisan peace among men and charity to those who mean no harm. Love, hope for the future and for those willing to roll up their sleeves and work hard the opportunities were there.  The churches and synagogues were an integral part of  jointly helping their rebounding communities ….and I felt safe. Malice, greed and hatred were words unfamiliar to us.  The year was 1947 and I was 8 years old.  

This morning I opened my eyes and the forward flight of  seventy years brought me back to reality that has no dream attached to it, but all the realities of our 2017 collective nightmares.  How did this happen?

I have lived through 14 presidential elections, my family’s preferred candidate not always getting elected, but my parents were patriots who lived through the depression and respected our Constitution and the democratic process.  With hate and malice toward none, they placed patriotism and love of country before politics. I am grateful for their strength that has allowed me to move forward in my life, sharing their same values.

My father always cautioned me that if I couldn’t say something nice, keep it to myself.   “There are other ways to give positive reenfircement than hurting someone with negative speech or actions,” he would say.  “Think before you speak. Always give someone the benefit of doubt and a chance,” he advised. “Do as your faith guides you, not as ‘they’ do.”

Well, it is evident everywhere I turn, all of this sage elder advice from my father years ago has evaporated in today’s divided political and hateful rethoric. 

 With  fake news running rampant on the internet and passed around greedily like Krispy Kremes, everyone salivating to get  their ‘two cents’ in to see who can be the most hatefully  divisive, politicians holding up the democratic process because they angrily feel like it, Facebook ‘likes’ attached to vile negative posts, it seems we are doomed to perpetual division. 

Where oh where has my country gone? Is everyone drinking denial Kool Aid? Hey folks, if you know civics, we have a new democratically elected president.  The electoral college has spoken. I understand, reality bites for some, but acceptance and support of our Constitution is part of the privilege of living in this great country.

 

I am off Facebook and only sharing my blogs. I have turned off the television and instead I am reading more and working at my own craft and thank God everyday for the beautiful  adoptive children in my extended family life who wouldn’t be here today if their birth mothers had had an abortion. 

 I am boycotting my once respected union peers out in Hollywood. I want to see them ply their craft and I care not a twit their stance on politics. Whether folks agree or not with you, fellow actors,  award events are not the platforms to share your political rage. Just because you can, doesn’t make it right, or even interesting.  

So, I don’t know how long my withdrawal from the political insanity will be, but  with malice toward none I am giving the new president a chance to keep us safe, improve the economy, and move us forward. If he doesn’t, then, lucky me, democracy will allow a change. 


In the meantime, for someone,  do or say something kind today, will you? One small step for mankind may collectively save all of us in the end.

Artwork by Norman Rockwell

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Welcome to my world! I have always loved to write, but I have spent most of my adult life in front of either a television or film camera. First as a Romper Room Teacher, then in television series and movies where writing took a backstage place in my life. I am now over 50 and have the freedom to get back to expressing myself through writing. I muse about my life and thoughts and just about everything under the sun. The only order to it is life itself as lived. Natural chaos! I am married and have three grown children who are interested in breeding horses, flying and creating. My youngest is the lead singer/songwriter of the Grammy nominated band, Tonic, Emerson Hart. So here I am, wanting to read about you and at the same time bringing you along with me to mine. I hope you will find me just as interesting as I do you! Hop aboard for the ride.

11 thoughts on “I Had A Dream”

  1. This was such an excellent post!!! I love it so much …. I want stay on Facebook with only my family and best of friends as my Facebook friends. I love the photos of the Rockwell art in this post as well. Very appropriate!!!

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  2. Oh dear Sandra … your words of sanity and wisdom need so to be read/heard far and wide … On Dec. 10th had a bad humpty dumpty accident but I’ll thankfully mend in
    another month or two but my heart is today really hurting for our country… Shared with you earlier last year my own concerns … your clear assessment of these troubled times has focused on a different runup and fallout than I’ve ever witnessed after your same number of presidents… hope so much that your thoughts are shared by many others who can right this grievous malice that has taken root in our great and beautiful America … grateful for you and all the people who mentored us with their considerate , fairminded cautionary guidance … Rockwell keeps reminding …thank you !

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    1. The best news is that you are on the mend from your fall. At our age, anything that slows us down, even temporarily, is scary. Thank you for your kind sentiments. Being a voyeur in this political atmosphere was hard. I finally had to speak out, not that it will do much good, but my burden is lifted with expressing the insanity of it all! I love hearing from you.

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      1. I love your thoughtful and clear minded reports on these turbulent times …dignified and fair …such relief from the boisterous beleaguered bunch that release torrents of vile words w/little to no idea of their ugly divisiveness…
        Stay the course … your voice is becoming one crying in the wilderness …
        Thanks for wishing me well …have always been sooo active …didn’t see it coming 😎😉,am way ahead of schedule for fractured hip surgery but won’t be leaping off walls anytime soon 😅Take care yourself… and don’t…PLEASE don’t fall …what a great ouchy !

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