It’s election day today, and many of my fellow American neighbours are no doubt, feeling a little anxious. In fact, I think the whole world is holding their breath.
I typically write and re-write my posts before they go live, but as today IS election day and it is not quite over, I wanted to first and foremost, remind you that if you’re feeling anxious about the results, then know that you’re not alone.
At first this morning, I thought, “I can’t wait for this day to be over”. The campaign and American news has been like a really bad tv show has come to life. Am I right?!
Now that I’ve taken a moment from the busy day, I’m reminded about the day after election day 4 years ago and how important it is to take care of yourself this week, and to reach out to friends and family who may need a little extra support.
Why? Because 4 years ago, I remember the day after election day, the shock, and the fear that came after. First thing in my early morning yoga class that day, the teacher acknowledged the dark cloud that was looming over the room and we practiced into a space of kindness and compassion. We all desperately needed it.
The rest of the day was much of the same. At the time I was working with a diverse group, and not a single person could stay focused. So instead, much of the day was a time-out to share thoughts and concerns of the results. I heard fears being vocalized by visible minorities, fear of racial attacks, of the inability to travel and visit family and friends, and fear for their safety. It still surprises me that our modern society is still, well, backwards.
The Canadian immigration site had a historic crash (from an overload of searches from the US), and pop up businesses connecting Americans and Canadians spiked. Including matchmaking sites that would allow for easier immigration. It was both comical and rather tragic!
Yet here we are, 4 years later, in an unprecedented time in an unprecedented year. Humans have shown how adaptable we can be, how resilient we can be, and how when needed, we will rise to the occasion.
If we have learned anything from 4 years ago, and from this tumultuous year, is that when faced with a challenge, we have a choice. A choice to act from a space of love and compassion, or fear and hatred.
Which one do you think strengthens our resiliency and our ability to adapt? What power gives us the ability to rise to the occasion?
2020 has certainly shown us that we have A LOT to work on. Whatever the results from today’s polls, can we all CHOOSE to act from a space of love and compassion, together?
Coming back to just you, if today and this week you’re feeling anxious, then know that you’re not alone, and it’s OK to take a time out. And if you need a little support, below are some self care tips for you.