Meryl Streep, Donald Trump & I’m just so tired of it all (VIDEO)

When the fighting and divisiveness gets me down, there’s a video that always cheers me up.

Meryl Streep's acceptance speech at the Golden Globes 2017, January 8th. NBC | Youtube

I don’t know if Donald Trump made fun of a disabled reporter, but if he did, he was wrong. I don’t know if Meryl Streep’s intention in speaking out against Trump at the Golden Globes was to divide and polarize, but if it was, she was wrong. Let’s all agree on one thing: This is getting exhausting. Not to mention that it’s Monday, the Exhaustion Capital of the Week.

I don’t like being exhausted by never-ending new cycles like this because it sucks my energy and steals it from more important things, like taking care of my family, which includes not just their emotional and spiritual needs, but maintaining focus at work so that I may provide for their physical needs. When I’m mentally exhausted, I am zeroed in on survival, plain and simple. The bigger issues of our culture—and oh boy, do we have them, like dignity, respect, truth, accountability, and other problems that Streep mentioned—take second fiddle. Sorry, but it’s true. I just can’t engage anymore, in person or on social media.

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So, yes, I’m tired of the fighting over the same unresolved issues, that surely won’t arrive at their solutions this way. I feel I can accomplish more toward achieving those important larger goals through spending un-exhausted time talking with my children. I want to spend that time teaching them the difference between right and wrong, pointing out positive role models in our world, and setting the right example as an attentive parent, kind neighbor, and as someone who tries to love and respect all people. Maybe that’s a cop-out, but I’ll say it again, it’s only Monday. Please don’t ask me to try to change the world until it’s at least Thursday.

There’s a video I often turn to because it always makes me feel better in situations like these (yes, it has a cute dog and child), and for some reason it feels appropriate again now. If you are feeling a little worn out today, too, turn your thoughts to something with a little more understanding and sweetness.

Cynthia Dermody
Cynthia Dermody

Editor-in-Chief Cynthia Dermody has been a writer and editor for newspapers, magazines and websites for 20 years. She lives in New York with her husband and two children.

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