There is no magic election. There is no magic vaccine. There is no magic pill to take that will solve all of our problems or the world's problems.
But there is hope. There's always hope.
One of my favorite movies is a little film from 1998 called Hope Floats, and starring Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick, Jr. It's not Dr. Shivago, and it doesn't pretend to be. But it's a sweet little cinematic adventure about the simple treasures of life, understanding, family, friendship and finding true love however that may be defined.
And one of my favorite quotes is from Confucius, who said, "Lose expectation; gain everything."
Crazy true, right?
Sure it is.
How many times have any of tried to attain something that wasn't necessarily unattainable?
And yet not attaining a certain goal may have more to do with utilizing the wrong approach.
It's all about the approach in life, in work, in practicality, in action or with inaction.
The truth of the matter is this:
We live in a broken world, and it can't be fixed with a magical politician who is going to give everyone of every political party exactly what they want.
The world is an eclectic place of different religions, different thinking, different perspectives, different people with different ideas, many of which are opposing.
That's the way things are.
And while there may be a certain order to things amidst the perceivable chaos, one one thing is for sure: the peace of mind, heart, soul, and country that we seek does not rest outside of ourselves with a magical political candidate, or a house of worship that we can enter that will somehow solve all of our personal and universal issues and challenges.
There is no such thing. We are not that evolved.
But again, there is hope. There is always hope.
And that's what we have to cling to.
Because no matter who we vote in any office, or whatever vaccine we choose or think that will heal or strengthen or protect ourselves against any calamity of any nature, there will always be another calamity that will come along.
But there will always be another bus that will come along if we happen to periodically miss the boat.
That's the kind of hope we have to cling on to in this broken world.
Because at the core of this broken world...at the core of who we are rests the indomitable human spirit.
The human condition may at times tell us what's wrong with this world.
But the human spirit guides us always to what's right.
And it's always right to be good and kind; to choose goodness and kindness.
In this way, we can never go wrong, no matter how broken we or this world may be.
Courtesy pretty much somehow fixes everything that even the most prolific politician or pill may only promise to fix.
So, if there is any kind of magic in this world it begins with kindness.
Or as it's been put another in song for years, "Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me."