Political claustrophobia is surging, bringing fear and a growing sense of disbelief, helplessness, inevitability, even hopelessness for some.  It’s time.

It’s time to breathe possibilities – possibilities that no matter how bleak and impossible it may seem now, “this too shall pass.”  It’s time to “think lovely thoughts” like Peter Pan and reflect with Maria in the Sound of Music about our “favourite things.”  It’s time to move our mind and soul into areas of gentleness and beauty … to imagine a time of peace and joy and hope.  It’s time … to find a pastoral photo to help focus our eyes away from the tv and phone and tablet and computer … listen to a piece of quiet music that can encourage our rapid beating of the heart to slow down … have a leisurely soak in the tub … walk outdoors … spend a moment in prayer … play with the children, grandkids, pets … share a meal with a loved one … meditate … create something in the Studio, kitchen, garden, workshop, our favourite chair … make time for self.

Political claustrophobia must not be given space in our soul to invade, possess, overwhelm.  It’s time.


Text & Photo © June Maffin

Photo taken in Friesland, the Netherlands