Don’t hold your breath.

As we watch the unveiling of the mysterious GOP Healthcare bill, my suggestion is to just get on with it.  I haven’t even read much about it, but I am sure it looks something like less funding for programs like Medicaid and whatnot.  Blah blah blah.  It’s the same old thing, and though it will mean some sort of change, it’s not going to actually fix anything.  But then Obamacare wasn’t going to fix anything either.  And that’s simply because the government in its present form is incapable of fixing things for us.  So if you are holding your breath for a better way, I suggest you exhale completely, take several deep breaths, grit your teeth, and then go out and do something yourself.  We cannot rely on the government to fix our problems.  We have to fix them ourselves.

What the hell does that even mean?  First, stop fighting.  Nothing gets done when we are fighting.  Second, come together.  We can do amazing things if we work together.  And three, swerve.

The pendulum swings back and forth, and at the peak of each swing something happens, people take credit for pluses, people point fingers for minuses, and yet we remain in the very same rut, just smashing back and forth on the rails like a bobsled with a team that spent a bit too much time entertaining the groupies.  So let’s try something different.

Think of how things are, then think on how things could be.  Then talk with people.  And then plan a way to make it happen.  Chip at it – there is no single big fix.  Figure out your niche, ask for help, make a plan, test a new way, discard the things that suck, tweak the things that are working, crawl outside the box (and step on an edge while you do).

If there is anything I have learned in the last six months, it is that we all tend to live and operate in our own little silos.  We do what we are told to do, the way it’s always been done.  Well, I am here to tell you that the real solutions lie somewhere else.  So look somewhere else.  It’s like when you reach in the same pocket for your keys 100 times, hoping that this time they will be there.  They aren’t.  But they are somewhere else.

The government is not our salvation.  We are our own salvation.  The sooner we realize this, the sooner we break free and make the changes we  are waiting for.

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