This is an experiment. I’m going to start each work day this week by enumerating 7 good things going on in the world, and 7 good things going on in my personal life.
MONDAY 2/6 – IN THE WORLD
- There’s a planned Philly rally this week for Jewish & Muslim youth who want to support each other during these times.
- HIAS is working hard to help refugees.
- There’s a renewed appreciation and level of support for independent journalism.
- Millions of people openly express their opposition to Trump & his policies daily.
- Rev. William Barber is doing inspiring work.
- Other liberal democracies are stepping up to lead with good values even though Trump is not.
- Indivisible is making an effort to resist in an organized way.
MONDAY 2/6 – IN MY PERSONAL LIFE
- Melissa loves me.
- Sparky is my dog.
- I’m working for a progressive religious movement.
- The days are getting longer.
- My son has new shoes.
- Sherry Diamond is caring and helpful.
- Trader Joe’s frozen entrees are delicious.
Oh well, I didn’t do it for 3 days. But I might as well try again.
FRIDAY 2/10 – IN MY PERSONAL LIFE
- Mr. Fleury is a great teacher and mentor for my son.
- I am appreciated at my work place.
- I have a warm safe place to live.
- I get invited to Shabbat dinner at friends’ homes.
- Many people care about me.
- I can be very, very funny.
- I have an exciting book I’m getting closer to finishing.
FRIDAY 2/10 – IN THE WORLD
- The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals firmly rejected Trump’s Muslim travel ban.
- I’m hearing that Republicans are getting inundated with cards, calls, emails, and other messages from progressives.
- All the Senate Democrats voted as a bloc against DeVos’ confirmation, and with 2 Republicans forced the VP to have to cast a tie-breaking vote.
- There are some Israelis and Palestinians who are working together to aid Syrian refugee children currently living in shelters on the Greek isle of Lesbos.
- It’s possible that Trump’s administration will screw lots of things up in a way that backfires bigly against their authoritarian and alt-right backers. I don’t know if it’s merely possible, or if it’s probable, or unlikely but still possible – but I do know that the chances of it are non-zero.
- California, Oregon, and Washington state are really emerging as a regional block that is organized around a progressive vision of America.
- Many Jewish-American organizations came out strong against the “Regularization Bill” passed by the right wingers in the Knesset earlier this week.