There’s a lot of discontent bubbling in the air. Discontent and finger-pointing and a rising cacophony that frankly is getting on my nerves. I have actively practiced not saying much about the politics of the day. Today I will say this much: No person or group of people choose how I behave, react, or live my life. Yesterday I was a person who believed in peace, in doing ‘what you can, where you are, every day,’ and treating my fellow beings with love and dignity. Today, I choose peace, love and caring for the people and critters that cross my path. I do this consciously. I do this with the firm conviction that when I look at the sea of humanity, there is not one person who is a Them. There is just Us. Some of us look different from me, think differently than me. To be honest, there are some of us I don’t like much at all. Even so, they are still part of Us. Warts and all. The glorious challenge is practicing contentment in the midst of it. I am content in the knowlede of one thing: The only person among us who chooses my thoughts, my actions and reactions, my peace and mercy, is not them or us. Just.Me.