Are the planets aligning in outer space, sending off strange and different vibes, making our dear planet, or more closely, our great state of Missouri spiral out of control?
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has set off some bit of controversy with his public campaign in six states including Missouri trying to lure businesses away and relocate to the Great Lone Star State. Now, recruiting for more jobs is not new but Perry has been more open than usual. What is strange about this is that the Missouri Chamber of Commerce, on appearance, is not putting up much resistance. They participated in an appearance by Gov. Perry in Thursday in Chesterfield. It seems to me that a business organization should be resisting any effort to lose jobs to another state.
In an editorial, the Kansas City Star asks: “Why would the organization whose mission is “to protect and advance Missouri business” be hosting an out-of-state governor who is on record as wanting to poach Missouri jobs? More and more, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce looks less like a resource for state businesses than a lobbying arm for extreme causes.”
There is already some uneasiness in our nation with the Affordable Health Care Act just around the corner and healthcare coverage for some is still up in the air. The seriousness of a possible response to the Assad regime on use of chemical weapons on the Syrian people is stirring the pot of many. Many of the people in position to be positive role models to the young are disappointing. Most recently, Miley Cyrus and her performance at the VMA awards ceremony. There are so many role models right in our neighborhood but their deeds go unappreciated and unnoticed.
When worries began to dominate my thoughts, I think back and go through a book entitled “ Wrinkles Don’t Hurt” by Ruth Fishel. These are daily meditations on the joy of aging mindfully. I found a poem by Nancy Natilson. It kind of puts my mind into a gentler mode, taking my thoughts away from the attacks of this world.
I would like to share it.
“The waves of emotion inside me are calmer now at 58 that I was 50 or 8.
My suggestions to others carry less judgement and criticism. And my hips scream at me when I sit too long.
I am very grateful for having been born human.
I am beginning to feel like a dandelion gone to seed.
I am present for whatever blows my way.
I aspire to breathe deeply and mindfully as if each breath is my last.
I aspire to live each moment with the openness and curiosity of a five-year-old.
I aspire to love, knowing we all share this same heart.”
Whatever you do to relieve stress, use that as an outlet for positive change.
By Bob Simmons