A day that will go down in history no matter who gets elected.
“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”
Because as eager as I am to see this campaign over, our real work is about what happens after tonight. So we must put our attention on the restoration of our country and our own psyches.
We each have our own work to do about healing the shadow within us that collectively out pictured as the two main candidates. (As a softer reminder, we also have something within many of us that out pictured Bernie Sanders, too). So, here goes:
Bless you Mr. Trump and your entire entourage.
Bless you Putin, the F.B.I. and even Fox News.
Bless the angry citizens who have been acting out their rage because Mr. Trump, by his repeated examples, made it seem acceptable to be a bully.
Bless Hillary Clinton for her resiliency and willingness to be mother archetype who can step in and help heal our boo-boos (and her own); ease our bellyaches and make it safe to go out and play again.
I really resonated with something I read this morning from Justin at Curious.com:
"If you are a regular Curio reader, it’s probably not hard to guess my political persuasion. But this Daily Curio is pro-learning, no matter your affiliation. I simply hope your votes are based, not on fear, but on optimism. Optimism that we continue to recognize the best in each other. Optimism that we can reasonably change others’ minds, as well as allow reason to change our own. Optimism that nothing can reverse our march towards absolute equality. Optimism that embracing our diversity will produce tomorrow’s bravest citizens, hardest workers and boldest ideas. We aren’t all born of the same experiences, nationality, skin color, sexual identity, economic status or abilities. But we are all born curious."
"May that curious spirit, and the desire for our leaders to be lifelong learners, guide all of us today."
Together, let us invoke Indra's Web to wrap itself around our world, our country and return each and everyone of us to the beauty and wholeness from which we began.
(Image from livelightbeing.com)
And although it is not quite the season, God Bless U.S. everyone.