Okay, friends. It's Monday. Time to . . .
But. You know what?
This week? I kinda . . . got pretty much nothin'.
(In fact, I could use a good jump start myself.)
So while I'm usually . . . let's just say. . . a lot more together. This week? Well. This week I'm merely attempting to cobble things together as best I can and hope for the best.
"We have not journeyed all this way across the centuries, across the oceans, across the mountains, across the prairies, because we are made of sugar candy."
-- Winston Churchill to the Canadian House of Commons, December 30, 1941
Yes. We're a tough bunch of badasses. Non?
But . . .
Try as I might . . . to NOT pay attention to the news this week (because it's only polling guesses - and we know how unreliable and meaningless THAT is) . . . I failed. Yesterday morning I caved.
I looked at the headlines.
DANGER, WILL ROBINSON!!!!
(May Day! May Day!)
I death-spriraled myself into a near-catatonic state.
(And it was especially dangerous because it was also snowing at the time.)
I ended up drinking too much coffee, too -- with no food to balance it out. So there I was. Jittery. Depressed. Deep in full-on Election Despair. And looking forward to my pre-dinner cocktail . . . at 10:30 am. (And even factoring in the time change, that is Never Good.)
Things were looking Very Bleak, Indeed.
Eventually, I hauled my (very sorry) ass up to my meditation cushion . . . and I listened to this. (Which is not a meditation at all, but a talk.) It's about facing fear with compassion. By Elizabeth Gilbert. (Yeah. That Elizabeth Gilbert.) And, friends? It helped. In fact, it made me cry. Her talk is about facing fear with compassion . . . for yourSELF. Her voice is soothing and reassuring, full of love. She quotes Winston Churchill (the quote I included above). I'm glad I listened.
I'm telling you about this . . .
because maybe you found yourself in similar dire straits over the weekend.
Or maybe you'll find yourself there today.
And maybe it will help you, too.
(So click in to that link if you need a boost.)
I'm feeling better now.
(Although it wouldn't take much to set me off again.)
Let's just hang in there and support each other.
One more thing. . .
I found this article helpful for some much-needed perspective when it comes to interpreting election results as they filter in. We aren't likely going to know the results on November 3 (unfortunately). I know you know this . . . but the article brings provides some much-needed grounding, and a sense of what we may experience.
Hang in there, everyone.
Just. . . hang in there.