The tasks before us are formidable. We are definitely in for an even longer and more challenging haul that we could have imagined four years ago. And we all need to do what we can to keep our strength and spirits up. I appreciate Diane’s heartfelt words. I imagine many of us feel similarly.
It won’t be over then
by Diane Delmar, Port Townsend, Washington
As a sensitive, empathic, deeply feeling introvert, I have to protect myself. I’m done with Facebook and the news. I’m tired of hearing about this venal, immoral, corrupt, unlawful, unconstitutional, cruel administration and its co-conspirators in Congress. What I hear everywhere, with much wringing of hands, is, ‘Ain’t it awful.’ I participated in it. And it has drained me.
I spent the day yesterday mired in grief, almost unable to move. Went to the ocean and begged for healing. We live in the forest and I sat outside letting the breeze calm me. And we say, ‘Can’t wait till November 3.’ But it won’t be over then. Think of the damage they can do in November, December and 20 days in January. And it won’t be over then.
Then comes the real work of healing and repairing the damage they have done. Healing the divisiveness is paramount. Dealing with the anger we are full of. And how do we grieve for our dead? How many hundreds of thousands of deaths can we lay at this administration’s feet? We need to start thinking of how we will do that. Reconciliation panels like South Africa used? Mobilize all the therapists in the country to go door to door?? (That’s just silly!)
In the meantime, I will use my energy in making masks for my community, writing postcards to reluctant voters in swing states (go here to participate), calling my congresspeople frequently and letting them know how anguished I am. We need to be prepared for after the election—his followers will be very angry and they have all the guns—are Congress and the Governors of each state thinking about that?