Preparing for the holiday season

In common with many people taking breaks during this holiday period, The Churning will now be offline until January.

This is the darkest time of year, in the northern hemisphere at least, and our ancestors probably arranged the religious festivals we celebrate as reminders that the shortest day is almost upon us and the nights will then begin to get shorter as the days get longer and the light returns.

At the end of a year that has seen more than its fair share of gloom I wanted to finish this week with a reminder that the challenges we face can also be an opportunity, to build the better times we want instead.

This story was brought to my attention by a reader (thank you Carolyn). It’s a story about how some people in the USA are responding to the failure of Hillary Clinton to become president.

Whatever you think of her politics, Hillary Clinton almost made history by becoming the first woman to become President of the United States. Instead, the opposite happened. And although Clinton won a larger share of the popular vote, the next President of the United States of America will be a man who has made very disrespectful remarks about women.

Erin Cutraro is the CEO and Co-Founder of She Should Run, a non-partisan organisation dedicated to creating a larger pool of future elected female leaders. In the days following the election she worried that the misogyny Hillary Clinton had faced during the 2016 campaign would deter women from running for office. Instead, the opposite has happened: Clinton’s failure has motivated thousands of women to consider running for office.

“We have never seen this level of determination for women to have their voices heard.”

We can’t always control what happens to us but we can control how we respond.

The same applies to whatever challenges we all may be facing right now. (And even holly wouldn’t be holly without the prickles.)

The Churning wishes you a very happy and peaceful holiday season.

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