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As easy a landing as we can manage. [Nov. 3rd, 2012|10:53 am]
Marissa Lingen
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My dears, it is three days until the US election. Three. We can do this. We're on the home stretch. I just wanted to say: please, dear ones, can you cut yourselves some slack here? And if possible the people around you. But particularly yourselves. I am seeing so very many people I care about being so stressed and as a result so hard on themselves. Deep breaths, folks. I know that many of us are dealing with important issues, and it's not helping anybody's stress levels. I don't just mean important issues in politics. I just think it's stacking up, if you've been bombarded with all the same stuff for months on end, and now you've got a sick family member or a new job--or you don't have a new job when you want one--or any of a number of other things. Some of you had the big storm to deal with, a lot of us were worried about those who did. We're all very tired by now.

You probably have learned what you need to learn about the election here. (Especially if you don't live in the US!) Probably a nice walk, a good meal, a silly movie, something else would be good. Clear your head. Just take some deep breaths. Literal ones, deep breaths. You will not become a bad person if you are kind to yourself for a day. If you do, well, you can go back to beating yourself up for truth and justice tomorrow. But I kind of doubt it. I think it'll be okay if you have a really good autumn apple and breathe and think kind thoughts. Sounds a bit silly, doesn't it, "think kind thoughts"? I think we need it. I don't mind being silly.

[User Picture]From: zalena
2012-11-03 06:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I wish I could cut and paste this and send it to everyone I know.

I'm hosting Thanksgiving this year because my dad is out of work. I should be focused on how lucky I am that I can afford to do this for him, but it feels like a heavy obligation. So much of my life seems to be about obligation and interpersonal politics right now, I keep having to hold onto a cozy vision of laughter with people I love in a warm place with plenty to eat and drink. I'm hoping we can all find more of that in the coming months.
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2012-11-03 08:33 pm (UTC)
A cozy vision of laughter with people you love in a warm place with plenty to eat and drink sounds really good. I hope you can keep that.
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