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  •  Indeed... (7+ / 0-)

    Your closing salvo brings to mind something that Edward Abby used to say. (I miss that guy!)

    "One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am — a reluctant enthusiast... a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards."

    I think I need more Ed-Zen, and I'll get through. Maybe time for a run.

    •  The extraordinary thing is that OFA (6+ / 0-)

      has made it possible to GOTV from an office in our home states or even in our homes if we prefer to not be one of of those "boots on the ground" people.

      Not everyone has to be in Ohio or Colorado. There's a sign in the office that I volunteer at that says 180 calls = 1 vote. That's what the research says.

      We each call. Together, we gather votes.
      I'm volunteering in ways that make sense for me. I volunteer for OFA and for our local Congressional Dem challenger. And I'm careful to draw boundaries so that it doesn't consume my entire life. I've done that before, and it's kind of insane; at least it is for me. By working some for both campaigns it's easier for me to say "no."

      As Ed Abbey said, Don't burn yourself out. 2014 is around the corner. As 2010 proved, off-year elections are incredibly important.

      So I dive in 100% and do what's most needed when I'm volunteering. I turn off the tv and computer much of the time when I'm home. I engage in hobbies I love and go outside to remember what I'm fighting for whenever I can.

      I spend time with loved ones, and not in front of the tv. MSNBC is just one big loop of the same news. It CAN be turned off.  

      And the polls are like a pot of boiling water. They don't need me watching them to change. They'll be there in 3 days. In fact, the more all of us work, the better they'll likely be.

      :)

      Balance. It's all important.

      © grover


      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 01:58:01 AM PDT

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