Yesterday the image of a seesaw—the common playground fixture—popped into my mind. Ever since the election, I’ve been off balance, you might even say, teetering on the edge some days. My emotions are up and down depending on the day or hour…or even the minute.
I’ve taken timeouts from the news and social media but it’s only a temporary fix. I’m outraged, sad, nervous, and am left wondering what it all means for our country—for the world. And I know I’m not alone. I’ve heard from friends who are equally upset and want to do something, but struggle with where to begin. The common question I hear is “What’s the best use of our time and resources?”
This past Saturday, I spent the morning doing trail maintenance in preparation for an upcoming race. I was surrounded by people who are deeply committed to protecting and preserving our public lands. For three precious hours, I wasn’t thinking about DT or his obnoxious and unlawful antics, but rather recognizing there are good people out there who care and that together we are stronger than any one administration.
I don’t purport to have all the answers or even the best advice to offer, but what I do know is I need to get back in balance, so I put together a simple approach to help me get there. I encourage you to consider giving some or all of these suggestions a try to find your balance:
- Focus on the issues that matter most to you and educate yourself on these issues from reliable sources
- Share what you have learned and your resources with others
- Get to know your elected officials and make your voice heard
- Support organizations you care about through financial contributions or volunteer work – or both
- Take regular news and social media timeouts
- Allow yourself to be angry and dejected, but don’t let it paralyze you; use it instead to fuel positive action
- Be kind to yourself – do what you love and do it often
We need to focus on the things in which we can control and put our energy, vigor, and purpose here. Now is the time where staying balanced and unifying is critical.
What ideas or suggestions can add to this list?