I know that like me, many of you are disheartened and angry by President Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the Paris Climate Change Accord. While this is an incredibly short-sighted decision based upon ideological nonsense that will damage our nation’s standing in the world, I do not believe this is the end of the Paris agreement nor of the United States’ move toward a carbon-free economy.
I want to be really, really cranky. I want to throw a hissy fit. hurl sticks and stones, swear like a sailor, but I am not going to go there. I’m going to adult my way through this lunacy…
In this moment, I don’t know if I have it in me. I don’t know what I need to do. But I know I can’t do it alone. I know I need your voices, your strength and goodwill. I need wisdom and a way to move forward with dignity and grace.
“I’m the least likely guy you’ll ever see running for US Senate. I’m very shy. Talking to people makes me nervous and talking to groups terrifies me. I’d rather be on an adventure by bike, skiing through fresh powder or hiking one of Utah’s magnificent peaks. But that’s not how it turned out.”
I understood immediately why they wanted to do it. Something happens when give yourself over to unpredictability. Something magical. Your heart opens. There’s this commitment to putting your butt in the saddle day after day after day while you live on an edge with uncertainty as your closest companion.