Quote from Anne Lamott
I am writing this post on Tuesday afternoon. I have no idea about the outcome of the election and am as anxious as everyone else! I am also sad. We feel like a nation divided. And the chasm continues to grow. It is sometimes hard to believe that we are all live in the same country! It is hard to even see a path forward to connect us.
My big concern today is the possibility of civil unrest regardless of the outcome.
How on earth did we get to this point? I can’t recall any time in my adult life that that concern was even on anybody’s radar screen.
Then I found this WA Post article about the lead up to the 1968 election:
- Riots and destruction.
- Racial tensions.
- A pandemic.
- A law-and-order presidential campaign.
- Images from space so beautiful, and so far away, that people on Earth wish they could escape up there, too.
Sound familiar? Nixon won the election on a ‘law and order’ platform. Nixon went on to win a second term in 1972 (I voted that year for the first time and chose McGovern). Nixon resigned in 1974 due to Watergate and the rest is history.
Fast forward to 2020. If Joe Biden is elected President, we all need to hold him to his promise to be a uniter. That is what is desperately needed right now and a heavy lift because our values have become so different.
Regardless of the outcome of the election, I am be grateful that I live in WA. Our governor takes COVID 19 seriously and pretty much everybody wears a mask. While WA isn’t perfect by any means, we seem to care about the well-being of our residents and our climate. We have access to good health care and to other services that support our health. There are tons of room for improvement (traffic, infrastructure, homelessness, etc.), but today I am happy I live here.
During challenging times, I look to Anne Lamott for inspiration. I love her quote from Almost Everything: Notes on Hope, ‘pray upon waking, “whatever”, and pray before falling asleep, “oh well”. Sounds like good advice during these uncertain times!
We are off for a bit of a post-election getaway. Details will be in my Friday blog.