Post-Election Attempt at Wisdom

I live in a bubble.  I guess I always have to some degree.  I grew up in a loving Catholic family bubble and have been trying to create and maintain my own loving Catholic family bubble ever since.  So far, I think we’re doing pretty well.

Bubbles are great for lots of reasons.  They’re safe,  comforting, and stable.  In your bubble, you can surround yourself with people who share your views and beliefs.  You can deepen your understanding of those beliefs and strengthen your ethics by surrounding yourself with people you admire.  Think of it as a hothouse for growing young tender plants.  A bubble is a great place to grow in your faith or in your view of the world especially when you’re beginning to form your ideas and beliefs.  It has all the conditions needed to spur growth.

But, there’s a problem with living in a bubble.  The problem isn’t what’s inside them.  No, the problem is what’s NOT inside.  I know very few individuals whose bubbles include people with drastically different views than their own; myself included.   That would make me uncomfortable and unsure of myself, wouldn’t it?  Perhaps.  But what I’ve noticed lately is that when my beliefs are challenged it prompts me to look deeper into the reasons for my belief.  It inspires me to learn more and ask more questions which is always good.  In the end, my beliefs become stronger and more honed because of it.  In gardener speak, leaving my bubble is like “hardening” a young plant before moving it into the garden for good.  Exposing my ideas to challenge a little at a time helps me to harden my resolve or to rethink my position.  Either way, I come out of it stronger.

So, I guess there’s a time to stay in your bubble and a time to venture outside of it.  Now that our election season has ended, I certainly hope that our newly elected officials can venture out of their bubbles to truly listen to other officials as well as to their constituents.  It can only make our country stronger. 


Quick Takes Friday

  • Words that actually came from our 13 year-old’s frustrated mouth, “Since when did you guys care about school!”  Seriously?  Does he know us at all?
  • Now that the heat has subsided and the rains have returned, our garden has started producing again.  We’re hoping for a harvest of red and green bell peppers in a few weeks. 
  • October 11th begins the “Year of Faith” as declared by Pope Benedict.  Are you doing anything for the YOF? Why not join my Year of Prayer?
  • After highs in the high 80s and low 90s, tomorrow’s high is supposed to be in the mid 50s!  Yikes!  I’m now thinking about making soup, cooking warm bad-for-you things, and harvesting my herbs to preserve for the winter.  Does anyone have experience with herb drying?
  • Looking forward to a long weekend.  Thanks Columbus!  So, why do we celebrate Columbus Day in October?  Is it his birthday? The anniversary of his historic trip?  Just curious.
  • Our nine year-old has discovered football.  Evidently, he plays everyday during recess with some of the other fourth graders.  Yesterday he was happy because the other boys had declared him quarterback after an especially awesome pass.  Here’s praying that he’s more athletic than his parents!
  • Our daughter is now learning that fine arts aren’t always fun.  Sometimes it’s just work.  It’s a sad day for all of us.

Have a relaxing weekend and enjoy your family.