Well, it is safe to say the political climate this year has been intense, not just at home, but around the world. With this election coming to a close, regardless of how we feel about the results, this weekend is probably a good time to pause, take a step back, and to gather our thoughts on how to move forward, together.
Regardless of actual outcome, people are going to disagree. We hear over and over again that we are largely divided. It is obvious in the ways we’re speaking, what we’re seeing and hearing in our newsfeeds, and in how we’re voting. It seems that there are two opposing narratives being told, but if we look much closer, we can see that we’re all a part of the same story.
If you’re feeling particularly disappointed, frustrated, or disempowered today with the results, remember that no matter the result, your involvement, vote, and voice still matter. If you’re celebrating today, remember that there is still a great amount of work to be done. This is not to be taken lightly. When people feel unheard and uncared for, we further the distance between us.
When we feel frustrated with those who disagree with us, we must remember that the more variety, and complexity, and number of ideas and interactions between people, the greater our opportunity to learn, to better ourselves, and to grow. This is how we move forward, together. We can’t feel afraid to share, but we must also remember to listen.
Sprinkle in some community and self-care this weekend with these tips
Take a walk. Get out around your neighbourhood as well as in a community or area different from your own. Feel comfortable in remembering where you live, but also in your ability to branch out.
Focus on the good. Try writing a list of every good thing, person, event, place, or feeling in your life.
Get outside! Take in some fresh air, re-connect to your favourite kind of nature. Remember that life is much bigger than what is happening in our lives at this moment.
Focus on building bridges. This does not often happen in the large political events. Deep, lasting bridge building happens in the small moments between neighbours, strangers, friends, and acquaintances. Each of us has a part to play in how our future looks, so we can start getting more involved.
Listen more than you speak. This time-tested saying holds true in these situations. The amount of potential growth that lies in paying attention to and listening to others is immeasurable.
Take action. Each of us has a responsibility to reach out and to educate ourselves, even when it feels uncomfortable. We are all a part of a larger community and we all have a responsibility to become more involved.
Let us know your thoughts and reactions on this election in the comments below.