Beyond the Politics, Check Your Heart

I figure it’s time for me to pause and say something to my blog readers, and anyone else who’s listening.

In general, I’m an upbeat kind of person. Yeah, I have a passion for books, so I post about them a lot. I’m in the middle of writing my own next book, which takes a healthy helping of my time. And with July coming up, I fully intend to have myself a merry little “Christmas in July” on my blog.

Still, while I’m busy writing and joyfully posting about stories and movies and all, I don’t want anyone to think I don’t very well see what’s happening in the United States right now. Not just what’s happening in America but what’s happening with Americans.

A country isn’t merely a place. A country is the people in that place. And, no, things aren’t just a little heated or uncomfy in America at present. We’re in a crisis. Not only does human crisis bring out the best or the worst in people, but it sets the stage for what kind of people they’ll be, going forward.

Trust and believe, you don’t become something deeply and drastically different overnight. It happens little by little—a day by day process. It’s a good thing when you’re aware of how you’re changing, how you’re evolving, when you’re intentional about it, and you wake up at peace with what you’ve become and are becoming. But it’s a sad thing when you wake up one day, look in the “mirror,” and realize there isn’t much true honor in what you’ve turned into. When you realize, somewhere along the line, in the middle of all the noise, you became too accustomed to tuning out your conscience.

With every discussion or dispute you hop into, you’re becoming something. With every catchy meme you jump on and share around on social media, you’re becoming something. With every voice you choose to agree with, every voice you choose to disagree with, and every voice you choose to disregard, you’re becoming something.

So my encouragement to everyone reading this is to stop and check to honestly see what you’re becoming. Not merely the person you say you are or want to be, or who you are when your friends are around to concur with your opinions, or who you are when you’re busy arguing with folks to prove a point. I mean for you to check on you. Not just to check on the immediate or loudest stuff in your brain, but to check on your heart. Deep down.

Don’t blindly allow this time of crisis to turn you into something you’ll regret or be ashamed of, years down the road. Don’t get so caught up in noise that you miss the present opportunity to work on your character, to become a better human being.

Don’t just know your politics. Check on that heart of yours.

 

4 thoughts on “Beyond the Politics, Check Your Heart

  1. Roberta says:

    Nice reminder, Nadine. Our country is in crisis on so many levels, and I am thoroughly caught up in the noise. Time to turn off the news, and go talk to my neighbor about her lovely garden.

    Aren’t we lucky to be authors? We get to immerse ourselves in make-believe worlds that can have happy endings.

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    • Nadine C. Keels says:

      Thanks, Roberta–we’re lucky indeed! 😀 I feel like being a writer has essentially given me a built-in process for reflection. It consistently urges me to pause, to be quiet, and to take stock of what’s going on, inside and out.

      It also gives me an outlet to *do* something, instead of merely sitting and despairing at bad news. There’ve been so many times when the make-believe world created by one author or another has helped me to effect some kind of change in my real one, and I hope my make-believe worlds can do the same for other readers. 🙂

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