I find myself looking back over the last year. Boy, has it been a doozie! It’s easy to feel disillusioned by our current state of affairs: Our political system is in shambles, the stock market is crashing, our position around the globe has declined considerably, we’re at a crisis environmentally, and our ruling party doesn’t even believe the environment is in serious trouble; and if that’s not enough to deal with, the evidence-based science which we rely on to provide insight into our medicine/treatment and healthcare has been compromised by corruption. Quite frankly, it’s hard to trust in our precarious future.

I can take comfort, however, knowing that we’ve recovered from serious problems before and will likely recover again. Each new day brings the potential for improvements and progress. I know that when I sit down with my first morning cup of tea, this ancient herb reminds me that the future is what we will make it. We can become a country of compassionate people who support and encourage each other to be the very best we can be. We can be a country that is respected and honored around the world. We can be a country that fights for the rights of every human being on the planet. Our shared values made our country great and honoring those same values can do so again. With each sip, I feel stronger. With each sip, I feel more hopeful. We can save the planet from devastating climate change and bring food and peace to every human being on the planet. We can do this. We must do this. Let each sip bring us closer to this reality.

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