I Can Breathe

Cassandra Tondro, "Revival," abstract art

Hi Friends,

I didn’t realize I had been holding my breath until I heard the news that Joe Biden has been elected President of the United States. It feels like a reign of terror is coming to an end, and suddenly I feel like I can breathe again. I found myself crying tears of both sorrow and joy.

I was crying for all of the people who have suffered so much during the past four years. People of color, LGBTQ people, immigrants, children of immigrants permanently separated from their parents, people who have suffered and died from COVID-19, people who are unemployed, people who are uninsured. Even the planet itself, suffering from the ravages of abuse and neglect.

A Biden administration won’t be perfect, and there are still problems with our system of government, but it feels like it will be more kind and compassionate. And I’m delighted that we have a female vice president! Finally! Maybe a female president next.

I also feel empathy for the people whose candidate didn’t win. I know it doesn’t feel good to be on the losing side of an election. My hope is that the good that comes from this will outweigh those feelings of loss.

Lately I’ve been struggling to find feelings of hope, and I feel more hopeful now. Maybe there is good in the world, and maybe there’s light at the end of this long, dark tunnel.  I’ve also been thinking about what more I can do to help heal our country and the world.

What are your ideas? What can we do to help heal the world? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.

With love and appreciation,

Painting at top: “Revival,” 36 x 36 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas.



  1. Cassandra, Cassandra, Cassandra, Joe Biden has NOT been elected President. It’s not certified yet. Just saying… Remember what happened to Al Gore. Everyone needs to be patient to determine who the official winner is. The Trump administration has 100’s of signed affidavits of voter fraud and are currently filing lawsuits in many states. Biden knew the lawsuits were coming and to claim he won was not a prudent decision. Republicans are not going to lay down until it is determined that all LEGAL votes have been counted. Interesting times ahead for sure as we need to let the process play out. Regardless of who gets in, we are going to be in for a ride. Besides the Coronavirus woes, Iran is continuing to increase the Uranium stock piles for nuclear weapons. Mark my words- North Korea will assert their power too in the first half of 2021 if we have a Biden administration. Joe will be tested and will need to make some very difficult decisions. Trump (you may not like him on a personal level), has kept America safe through military strength. Weren’t the Dems saying they thought Trump was going to hit the button? When was the last time there were credible threats to our country? For the first time we have not entered into any conflicts either. That is pretty amazing isn’t it? Unfortunately, Biden will dismantle the military again and then what? I like living in a safe country but now Police are currently retiring at alarming rates in major cities. Some due to post traumatic stress from the riots. Can you blame them? People are leaving major cities in droves (upwards of 20% exodus in some). So if Biden gets in- major cities will continue to deteriorate as they de-fund the police. Who wants to live in an unsafe environment and what will happen to tourism in NYC, Chicago, Boston, etc.? Financially, big cities are going to be in trouble so how do you suppose they will get money to continue to run? Taxes will be going up for EVERYONE under a Biden administration. Just look at what is happening in Minneapolis. They de-funded the Police and it’s completely unraveling with crime. On the other hand, if fraud is determined by the courts and Trump gets in after all- (could happen), the Left will go nuts and the riots will ensue. It was irresponsible of Biden to claim victory for that simple reason alone. The Biden supporters were told by the media that Biden won- so it’s true right? Not so fast… Everyone needs to wait for the election to be CERTIFIED. Why were businesses boarded up after the election? Clearly, they were not concerned about Trump supporters destroying their cities. (Boards are now coming down). We need to watch as these lawsuits play out. What happens in Georgia will also determine what will happen in the United States. In any event, the Left has spent the past 4 years bashing Trump with unfounded claims of Russian collusion, wasting how many millions of taxpayers dollars trying to impeach him and lies upon lies. It’s interesting how the media spoon feeds what they want you to see. They are desperate to move their agenda along regardless of what the people want. We are ALL a bunch of sheep. So now the Dems just want everyone to hug it out and all is forgiven right? It’s not going to be that easy. The distrust of the Trump voter is a whopping 70% that the election was unfair. In order to begin to heal, we as Americans NEED THE TRUTH regardless of who won. We should all want the Constitution to be held up for a FREE and FAIR election. That is the American way and the world is watching. As we reflect upon the sacrifices Veterans have made for our freedoms, we should all want truth and justice and only then, can the healing begin. Disclosure- I am a registered Independent and voted for Obama for both terms. I then voted for Trump for the past two years.

    1. We’ll have to agree to disagree, Kim. In my humble opinion, it’s time now for a leader grounded in something other than fear. The planet is going through a tremendous transformation, and as we move from the third dimension into the fifth, we need to individually and collectively expand our consciousness to accomodate the higher frequencies. It’s interesting that several people have written to me from other countries saying that they, too, are greatly relieved. I didn’t realize that this regime was affecting people all over the world.

  2. Hey Cassandra, I appreciate you speaking about your experience and how you are feeling after the election. I feel the same way, like I can breathe for the first time in 4 years. At the end of the day, everyone won’t agree on everything but I think that when we stop to ask ourselves, what kind of a world do we want to live in and what kind of person so we want leading our country? Trump has shown over and over again that he does not care about anyone except what’s in his own self interest. I think the most glaring and obvious evidence is the pandemic. Even now, our numbers are continuing to increase and he is doing nothing about it. Instead, he’s going to hold rallies in which people will go, without masks and it will turn into another super spreader event. Anyway, I could go on and on and I know that it won’t get us anywhere. I look forward to an administration (Biden’s) that treats EVERYONE with respect, kindness, fairness and truly cares about the American people.

  3. I think that Trump has made feeling like a resentful angry aggrieved victim into a model for his base. That aside, there certainly seem to be a lot of people, especially in rural America, who feel forgotten and feel that the Democrats have never paid attention to them or done anything for them. And some of that, maybe a lot of it, is true. I heard John Kasich speak on CNN when Biden was declared president elect. Kasich despises Trump, and was relieved and glad Biden won. But he, of course, is a prominent Republican. He said that the Democrats, and the country, would benefit if the Democrats went and listened to those people who feel angry, aggrieved, ignored. He said they had a lot of reason to feel that way, and a lot of things they needed that should be attended to. Things like universal internet. They are having a great deal of trouble with education of their kids because they don’t have internet. Things to help out small farms. So I wish that Biden would send high-level people to listen to those wishes, acknowledge and honor them, and try to get them those things that they say they need, and do. I think that would go a long way toward healing, de-demonizing. I don’t know how to erase the lies they believe– lies about socialism, fracking, etc.

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