Friday, January 8, 2021

All We Can Do...

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Even though I live in Switzerland, about 5,000 miles away from the US, I am an American

On Wednesday morning, I was a proud American. Georgians let their voices be heard and Blue prevailed.

By the time I went to bed (Wednesday night), I was a confused, horrified, and ashamed American. 

Powerless. 

Except for my words.

I could only muster a few, but I hope they will help for a few seconds at least:

Hold on
Until the pain
Goes away

©2021, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.

Then maybe hold on some more...

Love, 
Bridget 

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24 comments:

KatApel - katswhiskers.wordpress.com said...

Hugs to you, Bridget.

Hope of
Unexpected
Gifts to
Sustain.

Linda Mitchell said...

Hugging you right back. I'm ashamed as well. What a disappointment we've been to our world in such a needy time. I keep looking to the horizon and counting the days down until inauguration day. I'm hugging you right back. And, I've been pondering "ten." Thanks for that, too!

tanita✿davis said...

Sometimes it's worse when you're away. I lived in the UK for five years, and ...sometimes it was embarrassing to be American, and have people ask us what was going on in our country... but sometimes, I miss being GONE. Ugh.

Thank you for the hug.

Helping another
Undoes some dismay
Give yourself grace -
Start again on Monday.

Kay said...

It's been a tough week whether we are near or far. I am hoping we can hang on long enough.

Sylvia Vardell said...

Say hi to my cousin Dorte in Bern! Switzerland is one of my favorite spots and I hope you're happy there. Meanwhile, thanks for sharing these heartfelt thoughts-- and HUGS.

Linda B said...

I was so excited in the am, went over to my neighbors & we celebrated a little, then I was off on errands, THEN I came home to see if Ossof was confirmed. No words left, but watched & watched, outraged. Hugs back to you, Bridget, what we can do now, along with never forgetting the "who"!

Janice Scully said...

It must have been painful indeed to be an American abroad watching what went on on 1/6. Such a roller coaster and it isn't going to end right away. I am so proud that we managed to stand up for a new government.

Michelle Kogan said...

Hugs to you Bridget! Somehow we will persevere this storm…

Hush away
Unwanted slander,
Grow Justice
Seeds of Democracy!

Thanks, xo

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Kat! Your 'hugs' are helping me sustain. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Linda! We'll keep on hugging and holding on through the 20th and beyond. Looking forward to reading your 'ten' submission. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Tanita. Yep, we've had to explain the orange stain multiple times to the Swiss and/or people from other countries. He was actually viewed a bit favorably a few years ago here. Anyone within earshot got an earful from me, though.
Thank you for your 'hugs' poem especially - helping, giving grace and starting again are pearls. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Kay! I think the need/will to hang on is imperative and I believe in the goodness on the other side of this 4 year nightmare. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Sylvia! Your cousin lives in a lovely city. Bern is one my favorites to visit (we live in Zug). Hugs right back atcha! :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks for the hugs, Linda! The orange stain will be removed one way or another and we will forget him, but not the lessons he taught us the hard way. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Janice. Yep, after 1/20 integrity will return. We just have to get there...one day at a time. :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks for your 'huggable' poem, Michelle. Super excited about the seeds of democracy growing into justice. Sooner than later. :)

laurasalas said...

Hugs, Bridget. Horrific times.

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Laura! Hugs right back atcha as we face what comes next...hopefully just healing. :)

Ruth said...

Thanks for the hug! Joining you in being an American overseas feeling ashamed!

Heidi Mordhorst said...

Hi, Bridget--late this week, but stopping by with continued
Hope resurges
Undaunted
Give it
Some welly!

We're going to have to work hard, aren't we?

Mary Lee said...

Thanks for the hug. I can feel it across time and distance!

Bridget Magee said...

It's hard being so far away, Ruth. But change is here - yay! :)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks for your HUGS, Heidi! Yes, I'm all for working hard to restore what we lost and move forward. :)

Bridget Magee said...

You're welcome, Mary Lee. Connecting across time and distance in whatever form does shift the universe a little bit toward kindness, I think. :)

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