Okay, for anyone who is living in America, or keeping up with the American political system, it would definitely seem like this country fell down the rabbit hole. No this isn’t a political post, no I am not endorsing anyone, this is just a post on how to help deal with all the negativity that is constantly being thrown into our faces. Lord above knows that we deal with enough stress on a daily basis, is it really necessary that we just keep adding more onto that?
I’ve really gotten beyond irritated with this election year. Last year wasn’t so bad. We had our political candidates to choose from and then they were eliminated, leaving behind two politicians that seemed like a repeat of Mean Girls. Trump vs. Hillary, Democrats vs. Republicans, Capitalist vs. Socialist, family against family, friends against friends. I’m a firm believer in that everyone has a right to their own opinion. Does that mean that we have to agree? Absolutely not. You don’t have to agree with a friend or family member who prefers to eat ketchup with their eggs. Why? Maybe you just don’t like ketchup with your eggs. Personally, I don’t, but I’m not going to shove my belief in how disgusting it is down someone else’s throat and how wrong they are for enjoying their ketchup covered disaster. I may joke around about it, make a few gagging noises, but if it’s what they enjoy, kudos to them! Their the ones eating it anyway! However, it is never okay to push your agenda on anyone! I think we as a country have lost all respect for each other during this political season. Maybe forever. I really hope not, but this has definitely created a huge divide, not just inside the United States, that are not so united, but across the world. This doesn’t just effect our country, but how we conduct future business with other countries. This is a HUGE deal! But in all seriousness, it’s really making a bunch of us a bunch of crabby assholes who all the sudden seem to have masters degrees in politics when yesterday the majority of the country didn’t even know who our current vice president is. By the way, it’s Joe Biden.
So how do we deal with all this negativity that has been going around that seems to constantly be in our faces? You cannot talk to friends or family, watch the news, enjoy sports, even hop on Facebook, without some political statement being thrown in your face. I couldn’t tell you how many phone calls I’ve received wanting to know who I’m voting for. Want to know who I’m voting for? None of your business! Why is that? Because the last thing I want to do is stir up a debate where we both become blubbering idiots who no longer can put together a proper sentence because we are both so frustrated that we have forgotten how to talk coherently. Do politics matter? Yes, very much so. But is it enough that we as a country have created such a divide between family in friends over people who no matter the outcome, someone is not going to be happy? It’s just not worth it.
So here’s some advice for those who have found themselves so caught up in the political divide that is literally eating you alive with anger and frustration.
1. Shut off the telly! Seriously. Or watch your favorite rerun of Supernatural. Either way, just stay away from it. Fox News, CNN, BBC, it doesn’t matter! Watching the news, sports, or anything else is just going to make you mad. Don’t do it. Watch your Netflix and Hulu, maybe your favorite Star Wars movie. Either way, the sooner you get away from all those talk shows and other TV dramas that push political agendas, the happier you will be.
2. Remember that it is okay for everyone to have an opinion. It doesn’t mean that you have to agree. Yes it can be annoying when Uncle Fred wants to talk about his political beliefs and damn everyone else who is wrong, but the sooner you realize that everyone is going to have a opinion about anything, and that it is perfectly okay that you don’t agree and just let it go for what it is, the happier you will be. There’s no point in arguing. We don’t need to argue. We can love our fellow man regardless if we agree or not. As Elsa from Frozen says “Let it go”.
3. Patience. It’s so difficult to have patience right now with all the mud being slung back and forth, but eventually this whole election year will be over, and we’ll be back to grumbling about why the Browns didn’t make it to the Superbowl, AGAIN, or who burnt the biscuits at this years Christmas dinner. Either way, we have to remember that this to shall pass and everything will go back to how it once was, give or take some extra changes.
4. Forgiveness is going to be hard when we feel like we are being personally attacked. But it goes back to understanding that everyone has their own opinion. Every day I try to remind myself, this election year does not change how I view my family or my friends. I love them all, Democrat or Republican. And though some people live so hard core by their political affiliation, we have to learn how to forgive one another for anything we said while angry. It’s like that moment when you are extremely hungry and it makes you super grumpy. I’m sorry for what I said when I was hangry.
5. If it’s almost impossible for you to disconnect from Facebook, Twitter, or other social media sites, at least get rid of the pages that make you the most upset. I’ve really had to go through all my favorite pages on Facebook, the ones that I really loved before this political season for their humor and honest opinions, because when they push their agenda one way or another, it just became to stressful. I’m trying to escape reality here people! That’s why I’m on Facebook! Well… Sort of…
6. Try to stay out of political conversations all together. If anyone knows what can create a divide faster than anything else between people, it’s politics and religion. Stay away from both! I’m pretty sure that’s a golden rule somewhere, written in stone. Probably by the Mayans or something.
7. Get back to self. Meditate at much as possible. Refocus. Most of us will be heading back to the poles to vote for our favorite candidate, or at least the lesser of the two evils, either way, the biggest way to make change starts with you. When you are in your best state of mind, is when you can make the best choices. No, not for voting, but for being that vibrant awaken soul that you are. The one who goes out and helps others selflessly. Because we all know that love is like a ripple affect, and we need to bring everyone’s attention back to that. Eat, pray, love. Pass it on.
In the mean time, I really hope that we can find something that brings us all back together, hopefully something positive and not another negative. We need to unite each other as the higher beings that we are. We are above all of this negativity. We are children of light.
Much love and many blessings!