Be: America's Self-Examination in 2021
I planned to blog today about a new word for 2021. Maybe you've heard of this tradition of choosing a word by which to live in the New Year ahead.
I'm into simple. I tried to make New Year's resolutions only to find that they all conflicted with each other, and they required at least 60 hours per day.
So anyway. I chose a word.
I've spent so much of my life determining my value on what I do: in my work, in my role as a wife, mom, daughter, and friend. I've spent so much of my life determining my value by my accomplishments.
I've spent too little time thinking about how these accomplishments, work and various roles reflect on who I am.
It's easy to get lost when you forget who you are and instead allow yourself to be defined by others, who may or may not praise your various accomplishments.
I thought of this today while I watched Sen. Ted Cruz stand up and object to the Presidential election results from the state of Arizona. The democratic election results, given by ordinary voters in the state of Arizona.
I watched as Cruz puffed out his chest when he stood up, and his House colleagues around him stood and applauded.
He felt good.
Ted Cruz didn't care who he was in that moment. He cared what he did, or could do in the future. Cruz has always wanted to be President. Today, his values as a constitutional lawyer, a husband, a dad, a self-proclaimed Christian, went adrift, as they have been for many years. Now, he took an unforgivable step. He became a lawmaker threatening to overthrow the Constitution, the law he has sworn to defend. In that moment Cruz was swelled up by adulation, his values and principles tossed aside.
I don't know if Ted Cruz is thinking any differently now (probably not), when a mob of terrorists have stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to overthrow American democracy. At least one woman has died after being shot at the Capitol.
There was an armed standoff inside the Capitol.