Tomorrow is the election, and quite frankly and probably one of the most important elections in history. The energy is heavy, dense, chaotic, and everyone is feeling it, if you're political or not. It's obvious that our country + our collective experience is facing feelings of uncertainty.
When asking someone how to "manage" the election, it really comes down to remembering there is a difference between management and control. If I were to control my artists + my bands instead of manage them, the relationship wouldn't last long.
Life is about relationships, and we have to look at our relationship with the election. If we are obsessing over, taking out our aggression on, blaming, or being angry at it, our relationship is going to be very unhealthy and toxic. If within our relationship, we do our part, which is to manage our response-ability, we will be in a harmonious relationship with whatever happens.
To take response-ability is to use your ability to respond instead of react. It's your willing to trust in yourself which helps builds trust in your relationship. Can you trust yourself to manage your responses? Your responses, which is to say- your words, thoughts, and actions- create your life.
As an individual, you on your own cannot control the entire outcome of the election. You cannot control how your peers react, what society does, what happens on television, or anything that is on a collective scale. Attempting to control these things will leave you feeling powerlyss, and you should never be the victim in your relationship.
Although you can't "control" the election, you can manage yourself.
You can manage how you respond to the results.
You can manage how much time you spend watching the television.
You can manage how much time you spend reading comments on social media.
You can manage your response to the results, manage your response to those who disagree with you (even if they are less than kind) and manage how much of this is affecting your overall well being, and how much you are allowing to impact your mental health.
If the election doesn't "work out to your favor," this doesn't have to be a death sentence. This can be an opportunity for you to determine what you can do. To change the world, you don't have to be the President Of The United States, you just have to be the President of yourself. We are each invited to self-govern ourselves, our emotions, our decisions, and our choices, so we can change the future, quite literally.This starts with us, at home.
The more emotionally regulated, self- trusting, centered, and discerning people there are, the better, brighter, happier, and less divisive our future will be.
Black and white, right or wrong, republican or democrat, are really binary and limiting ways of thinking. The future will not be one or the other. It can't.
The future will embrace the grey. Groupthink or to only be in community with those who agree with us is dangerous.
Disagreements and difference of opinion allow for innovation, creation, and change. It allows for expansion and growth. Being able to talk to people who are different than you and who have had unique life experiences is enriching. It's rejuvenating. It's what America is all about.
Manage your thoughts. Manage your emotions. Manage what you can do to be the change and embody the difference.
To "manage" is to make things "manageable." Trust that in the relationship between you + the election, you will know exactly what to do no matter what happens. Because you will.