Calm through the Storm

Journalist, Jim Acosta’s ban from the White House this week was, interesting to say the least. The White House has now essentially accused Acosta of assault and presented video evidence to document their claim. Sigh. Did he grab that intern’s arm? I don’t know, but if he did, it was wrong. Acosta has been very outspoken and passionate about the lies and thinnly vailed bigotry surround the current administration. When he reports, you can see him getting physically more and more frustrated by the sheer arrogance, stupidity, and danger of it all. But that was/is his biggest mistake.

Andrew Gillum said it best during his campaign, when defending himself against the insults of Trump, “As my grandmother told me — never wrestle with a pig. You both get dirty, but the pig likes it.”

Truer words have never been spoken my friend.

Look, bad people are bad because THEY DON’T CARE. That is the whole point. They are convinced of their right to do whatever they want, and there is really very little anyone can say or do make them think otherwise. So getting angry or throwing additional insults into the air will not change anything because THEY DON’T CARE. Acosta forgot that and paid the price. What we are seeing unravel in the world is terrifying and crazy making to anyone who is truly paying attention. An increase of hate crimes against black and Jewish Americans, eroding of LGBTQ civil rights, a mass shooting almost every week, the list goes on. So yes, it is enough to drive a person a little cray cray. The other day I was driving to work and saw three incidents of road rage within 5 minutes. I kid you not. I live 3 miles from my office. I’m talking screaming, yelling, speeding, flipping each other off. In each incident. People are on edge. They have reached a boiling point.

My point is, we have to work extra hard to reach out and find the goodness around us. To stay centered. Beauty and goodness. Even if it just something as simple as looking at an autumn leaf. Think about it. Something that is technically “dying,” actually brings a lot of color and wonder into the world. I’m not always the best at finding the silver lining, and seeking calm in the middle of a storm. But, as I always say, I am a work in progress. And if this week has taught me anything, its that bad people may betray, hurt, or humiliate you, but you have to find a way to Namaste yourself through that shit. Don’t let yourself get Acostaed! You want to fight back? Find something GOOD to fight for. Put energy towards making good things happen for yourself and your community.

Stay calm, stay light, stay strong. Spread kindness.

Crystal Ahmadi