|No, really. Call me when it's ok to come out.|
9 black people were murdered in during their bible study by unknown stranger they worshiped with for over an hour in a historically significant church in Charleston, SC.
Fierce debates over flying the Rebel Confederate Flag on government properties.
Walmart, Amazon and other retailer rush to remove Confederate Flag from sales lines.
U.S. Supreme Court upholds legality of Affordable Care Act. Again.
6 other black churches torched across other Southern U.S. cities in the 10 days following the #CharlestonMassacre.
U.S. Supreme Court paves the way for same-sex marriage recognitions as federal law.
Bipartisan Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement passes almost undetected.
I'm gonna need another few weeks to process all that has taken place in the last 11 days in the United States of America. In fact, I'm actually gonna take the rest of the summer "off." Well, not off from work or the major transition my family is embarking on in the next 39 days, but off from news and current events.
There is only so much an activist, Type A, do something gal like me can take. My head is literally spinning at all the information and endless commentary surrounding each and every topic listed above. My normal "to read" least is bursting at the seams and appears to be growing daily, yet my time to get to all that reading done seems to be shrinking.
A growing, thriving business to drive.
Public service in way of elected and appointed offices.
A weary marriage season.
Two amazing young people to shield from chaotic world and scary personal terrain.
An aching body and tired mind to keep sharp for all those things simply cannot process another world or current event in U.S. popular culture.
Please call me when the world in normal again.
Yeah, pretty sure my phone will never ring.
So, instead, I am implementing new rules for the remainder of this summer (or at least the next 8 weeks until Barreto kids go back to school). Only critical reading that will serve me, my family or my clients. Frequent walks in between all the hustle and bustle of my life. More time offline daily (haven't figured this one out yet but setting the intention and putting it into the Universe gives me a shot at reaching it.) More hugs. More conversations versus texts.
I feel better already having laid that out. I'd love to hear how others are coping this summer. Leave your thoughts below.