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Over the past few months I've spent quite a bit of time here, spun a few diaries that found their way onto the Recommended List, and made comments that quite a few folks liked and rated accordingly.  Any way I look at it, it was a positive experience.  I poured my heart and time into working to get Kerry elected, indeed committing myself to it full time.

But the election is over, at least for me.  I'm tired.  I can no longer find the fire of inspiration to come up with comments, and my latest Diaries are full of information and short on inspiration.  At least that's how I feel.  

I know that many people want to continue to fight for the heart and soul of America, who feel that is best achieved through organization, and to those I say more power to you.  But to those of you, who like me, are tired and emotionally spent by all things political, I offer this: there is a light of hope.  A better world is possible, and it will happen because of people like you and me who are willing to make a change in themselves; a change that begins in your heart, your mind, and your soul.  

To win back America, we do not all have to be leaders in the Democratic party or leaders on DKos; there will be those who step up and fulfill those roles.  For the rest though, change begins by being  and living peace.    By that I mean it is necessary to maintain a heart that is pure, to express love of family, of friends, of those things you appreciate, and to discard expressions of hate, even to those with whom you disagree most.   Hate breeds more hate, and if hate becomes part of us, we lose.    As an example, I remember hearing Rush Limbaugh once disparage John Lennnon for the song All You Need is Love.   Limbaugh was spewing hate and bile at Lennon and at those who admire the sentiment expressed in the lyrics.  To that I ask the question, who do you think will be more fondly remembered by future generations, Rush Limbaugh or John Lennon?    I ask who would you rather use as inspiration, Rush Limbaugh or John Lennon?   I ask what is wrong with love, and what is to be gained with hate?  Who is the loser, Rush Limbaugh or John Lennon?

The answer, I think is obvious.

So I'm signing off.  Someday I may be back, but for now it's on to other endevours.  So I'll leave you with these words from the song Kingston Advice by The Clash (who I'm sure Rush Limbaugh also hates):

In these days to be an oddity
Be hunted down like a scarcity

In these days don't beg for life
Wanna take Kingston advice?
Oh please don't beg for your life

In these days nations are militant
We have slavery under government
In these days in the firmament
I look for signs that are permanent

In these days with no love to give
The world will turn with no one left to live

Originally posted to Calee4nia on Fri Dec 10, 2004 at 08:14 AM PST.

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  •  Calee4nia (none)
    I understand your sentiment and I appreciate the comments regarding Lennon adn the Clash. At times I just want to take a break from it all. I shout out, "Stop the world, I want to get off." But there's no where to go.

    I've enjoyed your comments and diaries and hope you return to us soon.

    Well, Watson, we seem to have fallen upon evil days. -- Sherlock Holmes.

    by Carnacki on Fri Dec 10, 2004 at 08:10:30 AM PST

  •  I'm new here... (none)
    and felt very discouraged after the election. Dailykos has been a comfort, but more than that, it is a formula for a way of life, to be informed and active, rather than passive and victimized. Sometimes though, you just have to focus on the personal, and re-energize. Good luck to you.
  •  Hey (none)
    For the rest though, change begins by being  and living peace.

    This is what it is truly about every day.  It is what strengthens and nourishes me.

    I wish you well, and I have also enjoyed your posts here.  Don't be a stranger;  we will welcome you back anytime.

    Mark

    ...pray to God, or something, or whatever you do...|||Seal|||

    by Dems2004 on Fri Dec 10, 2004 at 08:14:39 AM PST

    •  Thank You (none)
      I will be back.  As I responded in my other responses, I'm going to work on some music and video things for a while.  I'll be back when I'm recharged.

      We hold these truths to be self evident... All men are created equal...

      by Calee4nia on Fri Dec 10, 2004 at 08:03:13 PM PST

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  •  Rest up and enjoy yourself Calee4nia (none)
    I know how you feel and it does get tiring.

    So rest up, relax, and refresh yourself.

    Then when you feel that fighting mood starts to creep back in, set the CD to Guns of Brixton and come on back to dKos.

    We'll be waiting for you.
  •  And now - a word from the Dalai Lama (4.00)
    May I become at all times, both now and forever
    A protector for those without protection
    A guide for those who have lost their way
    A ship for those with oceans to cross
    A bridge for those with rivers to cross
    A sanctuary for those in danger
    A lamp for those without light
    A place of refuge for those who lack shelter
    And a servant to all in need.

    I completely understand and respect your need for peace and your choice to surround yourself with those who love you. May you be an example to all you cross paths with and may compassion be your gift to the world.

  •  enjoy life (none)
    that's what it's all about. life is too short not to enjoy it while you can. blessings to you.
  •  Listen for the thunder (none)
    Go in peace but please keep listening for the thunder.

    When you hear it, you will know....

    ,,,,that it is time to return.

  •  Take some time, Calee (none)
    Lurk when you can Come back and post when you want. There'll be a spot for you.

    Peace out, RubDMC

    PS - Give Ahhnold the finger for me, willya?

  •  I hear you! (4.00)
    I feel I have to stop reading the news in the next 4 years or lose what remains of my sanity :(

    In the land of the blind he who has one eye goes mad!

    Keep in touch if you can. I enjoyed your comments and posts and wish you nothing but peace and happiness!

    We can't let anyone get away with treating our elections as though they got away with it and there is nothing to be done about it - Cliff Arnebeck

    by lawnorder on Fri Dec 10, 2004 at 09:40:12 AM PST

    •  Thank you everyone for the sentiments (none)
      I really appreciate all the kind thoughts.

      As I indicated in the main write up, I'll be back, I just don't know when.  In the meantime I'm going to try to focus on writing and recording some songs, perhaps put some to video, since my activism is best expressed through art.  Then I'll come back with a vengence :-)

      I promise.

      We hold these truths to be self evident... All men are created equal...

      by Calee4nia on Fri Dec 10, 2004 at 01:16:38 PM PST

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