I woke up this morning in a knot of agitation. I was practicing deep breathing in my bathroom mirror before I even left the house. Now, this is not the norm for me. But, hey, our world is literally and figuratively tilted on its axis. Whether we like or not, the times are changing. And tomorrow is Election Day.
This election is a seminal moment in American politics and has global ramifications. People in Europe tell me they are holding their respective breaths as well, awaiting the outcome of our 2016 election cycle, which has been brutal, divisive and surreal.
From the big-picture perspective, we all want the same things, don’t we? We want a safe place in which to live, opportunities for education and right livelihood, affordable healthcare, clean and available water, non-toxic soil and air, a reconstituted belief in our institutions that they actually are here to serve and support vs. divide and conquer. We want to trust all of our institutions and their representatives, be it church, government, banks, healthcare, energy services, corporations and the like, but we have been worn down to a nubbin by repeated betrayals, gross profiteering and vested interests.
It’s scary out there. Thank goodness for the wisdom of Gandhi, who told us, “When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fail. Think of it — always.” His words are comforting. Gandhi reminds us of the power of love and Truth (with a “T”) both of which have a long, human history of being transformative and healing.
I believe in the power of good and human decency. I have worked too many disasters and seen how people can change lives with their caring. Sebastian Junger in his book, Tribe, reminds us that we are wired to help one another. It feels good.
Many of us want to help the wounded, disenfranchised and the broken, be of service to our communities and level the playing ground of social justice. Many are desperate to revivify the noble ideals of democracy, “E Pluribus Unum,” out of many, one.
This election cycle will not be over in 24 hours, There is a great deal of partisan pain and a fractured and wounded country.
May I suggest we act from our Best Selves. Do what we can do in thoughts, words and actions to heal our separateness. Communicate with dignity and respect. Act with integrity.
Gandhi also told us to be the change we want to see. It’s up to us to propel the momentum in our Home of the Brave and Free to be one of expanded consciousness and higher vibration.
We are all in this together. We share a great and noble nation founded on a sacred contract. May we come together and serve each other and our country well.