Post-Election Thoughts on Escape

I woke up this morning to election results I could hardly grasp.

My Twitter feed is alternately angry, gloating, ugly…and full of blog posts along the lines of “How to Manage Thanksgiving”, “The Best Cookie Recipe, Ever” or “Ways to Save”.

And while my initial reaction to the latter was to feel a bit incredulous, the reality of it all is this: no matter how we feel, life goes on, and some people still have to pay the bills.

And I get that, so I filed away my judgment.

But I’m never so easy on myself, and I found myself in a quandary of my own. You see, last month I signed on to participate in the “HoHoHo Holiday Readathon”, thinking that after the stress of the election, it would be fun to share some “feel good” holiday reads for those looking to get into the holiday spirit.

Today, it seems…awkward at best. Disrespectful to those who fear and feel threatened at the worst. And I wasn’t sure what to do about it all.

I’m upset. I’m upset for those who have felt victimized by things said, for those who have felt threatened or marginalized. I worry about what will happen to our country, our economy, and our relations with other countries. I fear for our country itself as I see hate unleashed.

What can I say, what can I write? I don’t talk politics here – I’m not one to dive into subjects that are divisive or invite controversy. (That’s what Facebook is for. Maybe. Kind of.)

What do I do? I’ve drafted a dozen posts, and deleted them just as quickly because I don’t know where I’m at, or what I want to say. I guess I’m not ready to write about this yet, because I’m still numb, but I want people to know that they aren’t alone in how they feel.

While reading isn’t going to change the world, it can contribute to self-care by providing a needed escape. Books can remind us of hope, forgiveness, and possibility. It can lighten our hearts, if only for the moment.

So while I figure out, privately, what I can do to make a difference moving forward, I’m going to share some holiday books as planned. Some care of the soul, some feel good happy books. (And maybe one truly twisted thriller.)

Because we all can use a little breathing space – even if it’s found in the pages of a book.

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