As a mom, I do believe that a dose of tough love never hurts anyone. I want my daughters, after all, to be able to stand up for themselves and be able to take care of themselves without depending on anyone. But at the same time that I am trying to imbibe them with self-reliance and independence, I also try to open their eyes to the fact that we are all, ultimately, interconnected. That one little action on our part may impact others in ways that we may not even think of. Be mindful, I tell them. Be mindful of your self, of others and the world around you.
Realize that the world is not only that space within your reach and your sight. There are worlds and lives out there that you may never see or know about but somehow impact by your one little action.
Day two of the government shutdown and for most people, other than the ones who received furlough notices yesterday, the effects are probably just starting to sink in. For others, it probably won’t make much of a difference ever. Life will go on as usual. But there are quite a few people out there who will soon be feeling the effects of the government shutdown physically.
People who depend on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP aka food stamps) and the Child Nutrition Programs (school lunches and other feeding programs) may lose this much needed supplement by the end of October if the the government does not get its act together. WIC, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children will receive no more federal funding. Depending on reserves left at each state, the effects could be immediate.