How to Navigate Being a Nation Divided on Election Day


I had another blog post planned for today but after my morning meditation I realized I had to talk about what’s going on in our country. It is a big day today for our nation. I mean a really big day. When I start thinking about it I get that squeezy feeling in my heart and a become a little bit sick to my stomach. Do you know what I’m talking about?

This month I’ve been talking about letting go of things that no longer serve us. I hope you will join with me today in trying to let go of expectations of how things will turn out. I’m not saying that everything in our lives is planned out and we should just leave our destiny in the hands of fate. Not at all. I deeply believe that we have the power to vision and create our lives into what we want them to be. But at this point in the game we’ve participated in the process to whatever degree we’ve chosen to. We’ve cast our ballots. Now it’s time to let go.

Oh! But the waiting! The what if’s! They are almost uncontrollable!

Well here is what I’m going to be thinking about today:

I have a dear aunt and uncle who I really love. I am 99.9% sure that they have a different political view than I do. I say 99.9% because it’s kind of an unspoken thing at our family gatherings that we don’t talk about politics. Whether or not you think that’s good or bad or families should talk politics, that is how it works in my family.

Instead what we do is talk about things like canning and gardening and sewing. We work on projects together. My aunt has lived an amazing adventurous life and we love to hear her tell stories about her experiences rescuing people from the wilderness. My uncle is one of the most incredible nature photographers I’ve ever met and one of the best cooks. They are good people who I love very much.

I know living here in our very beautiful mostly like-minded corner of the country its easy to get caught up in the us vs. them mentality. To feel like anyone who has a different political view is completely crazy. I fully admit over the last months thinking things like, “how could anyone ever think that!” and “what are people thinking!”(I’m certain people with a different political stance are thinking the exact same things about me).

But today as we go forward I’m going to try to shift my focus. I’m going to be thinking about my aunt and uncle and all of the things we have in common and reasons why I love them. I’m going to try to remember that there are very real people out there who have a different political view but also have families that they love. I’m going to have faith that somehow we are going to muddle through this confusing time together.

So if you are tired of the drama on your news feed or are just making yourself sick with worry over how things will turn out join me today in letting go of it. You don’t need it. You’ve done what you can. Breathe. Try to focus on love and the things that we have in common. Rest assured we will make it through to tomorrow somehow.

Be happy, be healthy, be well.



2 thoughts on “How to Navigate Being a Nation Divided on Election Day

  1. AUBRI KELEMAN says:

    Breathe deep, be kind, move ahead. 🙂 This year it feels especially difficult, it’s been a rough and frightening campaign engineered to stir emotions. Thanks Brooke!


  2. AUBRI KELEMAN says:

    Breathe deep, be kind, do what you can do, and move ahead! This has been a hard year-engineered to hurt people and make us emotional. Thanks Brooke!


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