However, Mother Nature and the election have both helped me to see the bigger picture.
I run around like everybody else on a daily basis, sweating the small stuff and working hard at keeping the faith.
Now in this election and with these storms, our faith is being put to the test: What do we really believe in? What matters to us?
Like everybody else, I worry about money.
And it becomes crystal clear: my bottom line is NOT about money, it always has and always will be about human rights; being an individual in a larger community where we support and help one another. Yes, I am a huge idealist. But look at who I share genetics with? Writers, artists, priests, social workers . . .
Human rights encompass women's rights, gay rights, educational rights. Not to mention FEMA, war, health care, the environment - so much more.
My youngest daughter went around kissing the heating vents and the fridge this morning. My eldest son is showing signs of maturity, intellectually, physically and spiritually. My middle son still hugs me and tells me he loves me several times a day. They are growing up and I want them to have a world where we acknowledge the science of climate change, where they won't feel less-than if they aren't wealthy, or marginalized if they or their friends are gay, or pushed around for having a vagina.