Just like Obama predicted, the sun rose on November 9th. It rose on the 10th, and if you’re reading this, it rose on the 11th too. The sick feeling of dread has been camped out in my chest.
I’m still here:
I haven’t been able to turn on the television news but I have been doing a lot of online reading. I need to soak this all in. I’m trying to get to a place where I am inspired and ready to get to work. Before that happens, I have to take time to grieve and process everything. But it feels like every day there is something new to process.
For anyone who is still hurting and is scared, here are a couple things I have found that have helped me begin to feel better and get inspired.
Talk to others who are hurting.
I can’t tell you how much this has helped. Check in with your family, friends, coworkers. Talk. It really helps to know you’re not alone in your grief and worry.
Watch Van Jones' Facebook video.
Van Jones posted and excellent video on Facebook. I can't post it on here, but to find it, "like" his page. On his page, scroll down a bit and you will see it. It's called Surviving the Whitelash. It is about 23 minutes long, and it is the best thing I have listened to post election night. It gave me some hope. Van doesn’t sugar coat anything, but he did a good job of getting me focused. If you’re having a hard time dealing with everything, I highly recommend you watch this.
Read this letter from Leslie Knope.
It will light a spark under you.
Donate to causes you support. Causes that NEED us right now.
Since election night, I donated to Planned Parenthood, RAINN, Greenpeace, and the ACLU Nationwide. I didn’t donate hundreds of dollars, but I know every little bit helps.
Remember that there is a lot of hope for America. It may not seem like that now, but here is some inspiration...
This is not my last post about the election and the presidency. I have a lot to say, and I have really enjoyed reading the comments on my previous posts.
We have to stick together. None of this moving to Canada crap. I’m sure Canada is nice, but America needs us.
How are you doing?