I do my very best to stay positive and keep an even keeled attitude and perspective. Every morning I do some deep stretching and try to spend at least five minutes doing some meditating in a sitting cross-legged position. I find that my mind is clearer and I am overall more relaxed regardless of how much sleep I had. The days that I skip this routine I find that I am tenser and slightly cranky. When I’m meditating, I slowly inhale and internalize positive affirmations, hold my breath for a few seconds and exhale any negative thoughts in my mind. What this does is set the tone for the day. If you have a chance try doing it yourself for a week. I promise you will feel a difference in your overall mood. For people that suffer from anxiety and slight depression as I do from time to time, you should see those feelings dissipate.
I have a passion for politics and a healthy debate. I love hearing both sides of a topic and calling BS when I see it. My feeling is that we can agree to disagree on anything with civility. Considering that politics and religion lead to endless debate it’s better to be positive, defend your position with facts and keep an open mind to the other person’s point of view and listen to their facts, as they believe them to be. If both of you can be respectful of each other’s feelings and have the intellectual honesty to concede the other person might be right without being judgmental you will do what many in the country and especially in Washington, D.C. fail to do, compromise.
Asylum is a hot topic issue around the world and especially here in the United States. For millennia people have been in search of new lands and economic opportunity. No wall, border or ocean will stop someone from trying to find a way to support themselves and their family. Legal migration is the bloodline for any prosperous countries growth. Every migrant and subsequent generation after has the hopes and dreams of providing a better life for their loved ones than from the one they had. Economic asylum applicants have those same dreams. The problem for them is that by requesting asylum on claims of fear that are more times than not found to be fabricated they are putting a strain on an already stressed immigration court system that has multi-year backlogs. What their actions are also doing is causing many people to grow jaded to their plight and make it harder for people who have legitimate credible fear claims to be taken seriously.
President Trump has recently publicly floated around the idea of relocating migrants waiting for asylum claim court dates to be dropped off in sanctuary cities. He said, “Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only.” House Majority Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) CA rightfully blasted the President in what was obviously a statement based in hate; hate for the ongoing crisis at the border and for the unwillingness of Democrats to work with him to fund his solutions to the problems that an unsecured southern border brings. Her response to his loosely veiled threat was, “I don’t know anything about it, but again, it’s just another notion that is unworthy of the presidency of the United States and disrespectful of the challenges that we face as a country, as a people, to address who we are: a nation of immigrants.”
Hate is a powerful thing! Love is also. My personal experience with hate is that it comes from feelings of intolerance coupled with passion. Sometimes the root of hate is ignorance. That could mean ignorant of facts as they really are and also indifference to how your hate filled ignorance is perceived and makes someone else feel. If you are aware of the facts and do not care about how other people feel regardless if you are right or wrong you are insensitive, to say the least. Your unwillingness to keep an open mind, listen to opposing opinions and find common ground solutions will only lead to a less fulfilling life. Nothing worse than talking to a person who thinks they are always right.