2016, the year I can officially add Broken Heart Syndrome to my medical chart.
Time to weigh in on the issue of basic human decency and respect being a fundamental right of all the people who share this earth home. In the days after the American election, I got pulled into an argument with a stranger over a bogus list of CNN exit poll numbers that argued this billionaire-understands-the-blue-collar-crowd victory was not about racism and misogyny.
Time for a reality check: the definition of hate-speech is exactly what was uttered in the horrendous lead up to Orange Teflon's win. I vote against ignorance and cruelty.
Time marches on and there are too many who would dance us backward from the progress that has been made by our fragile, sensitive and selfish species.
In this winter of our collective soul, let's remember to be enormously, tremendously considerate of each other in the days, weeks and months ahead.
Let's remember the words of WWI veteran Harry Patch who called war "organised murder".
Let's remember the words of Toni Morrison to her students: "When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.”
Let's remember the lesson in Aesop's fable of the lion and the mouse: "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."
Let's be careful out in the wild wide world; some people behave in ways that don’t honour the fundamental values of dignity for all. Some leaders have a broken moral compass. Some people aggressively fight progress and hold onto power by calling to the devils on our shoulders instead of addressing the better angels of our nature.
Let's remember to celebrate all the love and generosity we have ever received by sharing, giving, and creating more love and generosity. Amplify and magnify every kindness that has been shown to you.
Ignore the small hurts and big betrayals in order to push us all forward, to fight the good fight.
The Dalai Lama did not shanti, shanti, shimmy his way to Dharamsala without the help of body guards.
Practice warrior pose.
Make peace the goal and stand your ground.
Let's remember to be careful out there, to watch out for each other, especially those most vulnerable among us.
This is not the New World Order, it's the old one reasserting itself. A system that has had its time in the sun and has already caused irreparable harm to many life forms on this planet.
They say time heals everything but I’m still waiting.