Thoughts | Election 2016

Inhale Courage_JessicaKeala

Good morning, Saturday! I understand that there is a lot of fear and anxiety running through the veins of our nation and world - in particular, due to the election results of our next United States president. I thought, for that very reason, I'd like to create this post.


I am the type of person who cannot handle stress or fear very well (emotionally, mentally and physically). It's not that I'm in denial, it just doesn't make me feel good (duh). And I (try) to choose to be positive, an optimist, and look on the bright side of things. I don't like the way I feel when I'm drowning in fear, and learning from past feelings of despair and depression, I KNOW that I would rather walk on the brighter side of things. I KNOW how easy it is to fall into suffering, despair and depression, and what's worse - how easy it is to stay there and dig a deeper, darker hole for yourself. I also know that a quick path to get to those darker emotions is the path of fear. It's like a dangling carrot in front of your starving face. The media does a great job at instilling fear in the minds of people, and it's one of the very reasons why I actually prefer not to watch the news. 

I'm also the type of person who tries to see the bigger picture. I know that there are good and bad things happening in the world. My ever-expanding spirituality influences me, but so does my many years of studying many types of religions in college (I was so fascinated with it in college, that I was just shy of minoring in Religion). No, I'm not saying that any of this has anything to do with religion nor am I even religious - I'm just merely stating that the process of studying different types of religions and view points helped to open my mind to see a much bigger perspective. I was never one to take a side, but am open-minded to many view points. Most recently, I have finally resonated with the idea of seeing things from an outside perspective and it is coming natural to me more and more. I finally understand the concept of attachment and non-attachment. Duh, it's hard not to be attached to anything (we are human!), but I now understand how attachment leads to suffering.

In terms of the outcome of the election, when you look at it from an outside perspective: it happened. These are the cards that we have been dealt. Believe me, I understand where people who are angry are coming from. I understand. But hate and anger doesn't solve anything. You can't fight hate with hate. And to be honest, I choose love over anger. I don't want to hold on to those negative feelings. Yes, we don't know what the next 4 years is going to look like, but I can only hope for the best. I choose for my direct environment - what I can control - to be filled with love and compassion.

Of course, it is always important to fight for what you believe in and what is right - this is what moves us forward and advances us in so many ways. At the same time, I see so many ways that this (crazy) election has opened the eyes of so many people who were once asleep. So many people got up off their couches, went outside, looked around and said "this is not right" and even better: people yearned for something better. People are waking up. People are waking up to the injustices and inequality in our society, in our government, and in our world - and not only demanding something be done about it, but being the ones to start the change. We have to move forward and have faith in the bigger picture and in our individual selves. Taking a side (whether democrat, republican, liberal, etc.) divides us even more, when we should be coming together. What I see from an outside perspective are the roles everyone is playing, roles that need to be played in order for something bigger and greater to come together.

...Birth pains.

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