1. It’s over.
2. When will the next election hoopla begin?
3. Will our country be saved?
4. Will our country be ruined?
5. Will our country continue to plod along with some brilliant moves interspersed with awful decisions?
6. Will all wars ever end?
7. Why can’t we people get along?
8. Let’s be grateful for what we have.
9. Let’s vow not to attack the opposite viewpoint.
10. Let’s vow to get more sleep on election night.
11. Let’s vow to feel charitable today toward the losers.
12. Let’s vow to feel charitable today toward the winners.
13. Let’s not be divisive. (But if others are divisive, let’s feel compassion for the pain that they’re feeling today.)
14. If we’re divisive in our thoughts, let’s simply Allow the Thoughts to be without acting out on them, without running our lips in despair or jubilation, especially if we’re around people who think differently.
15. I won in our itty bitty election. (OK, I was running unopposed.)
16. I got 224 votes for township treasurer here in our little township in the woods.
17. Five fewer people voted for me than the top vote getter, who happened to be the township clerk. I spent an hour in bed last night trying to identify which five people hate me.
18. Never do this again.
19. Be glad we live in a country where we can vote.
20. Be glad we live in a country where we can express our opinions.
21. Be glad.
22. Get through your day at work with fuzzy exhausted head without falling asleep at your desk.
23. Do not look at everyone to determine who the five enemies are.
24. Do not label these five people as enemies.
25. It’s over.
26. Nothing is ever perfect.
27. Politicians are never perfect.
28. Countries are never perfect.
29. Elections are never perfect.
30. But, by gosh, by golly, TODAY is another perfect opportunity to live, to grow, to hug a friend (or opponent), to skip a little in joy just that we’re alive, that life offers so many possibilities, that we probably have more in common than we imagine.
31. I’m going to focus on what we have in common, how we can connect. How ’bout you?