Overcoming discouragement

Ever since last night, I’ve about this quote from Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi:

Be the change you are trying to create.

I am disappointed by the U.S. election results, but there are things in the world that you can’t control so you have to focus on what you can influence, and most of that lies within.

Gandhi also said:

“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world… as being able to remake ourselves.

Another way of looking at this issue is asking whether George W. or the Republicans in control of both houses of Congress changes my own ability to instigate change in my life and my immediate environment. The answer is no, with some qualifications. In the big scheme of things, Bush makes the U.S. fit all the stereotypes of arrogant imperialism. But in my micro framework, it does not change much.

Thinking of the elections in the grand scheme of things of the Universe and transcendence, this Bush administration is nothing more than a burp from a case of heart burn.