Lift Toolkit #1 – Responding|Reacting
Whether you’re in the U.S. or not, the results of November’s election can bring up some strong feelings — maybe outrage or depression, maybe elation and shock, maybe contempt for others.
Perhaps, like some people I know, you are angry about the outcome, and can’t believe your fellow Americans would elect the person they elected. Perhaps you’re feeling vindicated, and are unhappy with the way your fellow Americans have steered this country for the last eight years. Perhaps you’re not from the U.S., and you’re feeling scorn for Americans, or confusion, after the results of this election.
Whatever you’re feeling, it’s likely to come from a place of non-understanding. That’s not likely to help our community, locally or globally, nor will it help our own happiness. It can be a transformative practice to practice compassion right now. As the Lift slogan goes – “lifting ourselves – and more importantly, those around us – up!” – starting always with ourselves.
The truth is, we each have personally experienced what the other side is going through. The results of the election represent the feelings of millions of other people — they speak in some way for our fellow human beings. We have each felt these emotions: feeling left behind, feeling frustrated, distrusting, powerless, angry, hopeful for change, disliking the change that we see. The real work is how we choose to respond.
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