I hope this note finds you well. There's been a lot happening in the last while.
People who know me would not believe that I can be lost for words. I'm usually writing a letter to the editor or to city council, researching something, or posting on a sister site Community Gardens London. For a long while now, posts here have been infrequent. I'm hoping that will change.
On the CBC news and vaulting through Facebook is a post by journalist Jody Paterson, beginning with some thoughts from her scientist son and continuing with her own relief at being rid of Canada's just past prime minister. (Paterson's blog: here )
Paterson's son wrote about the un-gagging of Canadian government scientists: "It is official. At an all staff meeting today with some of the best scientists in the world, certainly the ones who know our coast better than anyone (and I am lucky enough to work for some of them), we were told that it's ok to talk to the media or anyone about what we do without permission. That's how surreal it was. That's how things changed over night."
Journalist Paterson followed with: "What I have come to see through the popularity of that post is just how oppressed, bitter and sorrowful Canadians had become under the Harper government, and how hungry they were for optimism and hope again. I wonder if we even knew how dejected we felt until the day of the election, when even apolitical types like me felt our hearts lift at the prospect that maybe, just maybe, the Dark Lord had been vanquished and hope was possible again."
On the morning of October 20 - the "morning after" Canada's federal election. I scanned news sites to double-check results. And somewhere along the way my shoulders relaxed. Something inside got quiet in a way it had not for a while, in a way that's different from meditation.
Over the last couple of weeks I've identified the feeling as feeling hopeful about an array of things, including: that Canada just may be able to contribute something useful to the upcoming climate talks in France; that perhaps Canada may be able to get itself out of a trade agreement that gives 12 more countries the right to sue us when they cannot take over our economy.
I've been fighting with myself to not smile when I hear our new prime minister Trudeau make a speech. That fight comes from the years long habit of worry and fear for our country. As "a Taurus" astrologically (even tho' I profess to not put any credence in the characteristics given) I am slow to change. My head also realizes that fear is pervasive and moving from fear is not an overnight trip.
I've also spoken with acquaintances who are members of the NDP and Green Party who question what is going to happen next ... and then - to a one - make a positive comment about Mr. Trudeau along with their "we'll see" comment. From these people, this is high praise.
So, I'm taking a breath, smiling a bit as I write, and expecting that I'll be writing more.
Very best regards,