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This is an odd year, even for a year of presidential politics.  Everything has been turned on its head.  People who would have never been given the time of day (in a political sense) not so long ago are considered serious candidates for the highest office in the land.

I can only wonder what my friends in various countries are thinking, if they are thinking about the US at all.  Newsflash to some of my American friends – not everyone in the world thinks about the US all the time, they have their own issues to deal with.

I am left wondering what planet I’ve been transported to when the major political discussions of the week are about candidates’ wives, patrolling Muslim neighborhoods, a bird attending a campaign rally and one candidate telling another candidate to tone it down.  Yup, those count as issues to be discussed and analyzed these days.  No wonder we have the candidates we have and the political situation we have.

And yet I can’t help thinking something else – we’ll make it through this.  It may not be pretty.  It may in fact be ugly.  We may not look the same after the fact.  But we’ll come through this one way or another.  And by “we” I mean the people living here.  People always find a way to survive and eventually thrive.  Things change around them, yet people persist.  People are great at adapting.

But then again, I’m an optimist in the end.  I always have been.  I look for the silver lining in everything.  It’s something to grab a hold of.  It’s something to work with when everything else seems broken.  And so I grab onto this thought.  I grab it because the alternative is devastating.  I think that’s how people got through dark periods of history – they held out hope for a brighter future – even if they didn’t know what that future might look like.