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.