Post Election Blues, Reds & Brights

BLUEs

Yesterday a friend pointed out to me that the whole post-election day felt like going through the 5 stages of grief: 1. Denial and isolation; 2. Anger; 3. Bargaining; 4. Depression; 5. Acceptance. I went from shock and feeling physically sick to numb and exhaustion throughout the day, trying to grapple with the election results. After the morning frenzy of texts with loved ones, I withdrew.  I took myself mostly offline, found some solace in my qigong class, and then spent the rest of the day in my studio, working on a painting for my upcoming show, Bold Beauty - which now feels more important than ever. 

REDs

Today, I know I have to come back from licking my wounds and stand up for what I believe is right. True, I live in a democracy where I feel let down by (nearly) half the population*; BUT, I also live in a democracy where I have the freedom to fight back (and I've lived in countries where that isn't possible, so I value this freedom). And I will; with love, solidarity, empathy, dignity and righteous indignation.

Let us encourage others.
Let us be gracious.
Let us seek to build bridges where they have been burned.
Let us seek to restore trust where it has been eroded.
Let us stand our ground but still work to find common ground.
— Cory Booker | Nov. 9, 2016

BRIGHTs

...never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.
— Hillary Rodham Clinton | Nov. 9, 2016

Hillary Clinton directed the above quote to "little girls watching" her concession speech, but I want to extend the sentiment to all American children - of any race, ethnicity, religion, gender identification, etc.  ALL children deserve the right to a bright future, and it's up to us adults to help deliver it to them. 

*UPDATE: As of November 23, Hillary Clinton has won by the popular vote by at least 2 million votes.