First of all, I need to state I’m a Canadian…and I still feel that–even for me–nothing will ever be the same after the US presidential election. There has been a shift–one that deeply disturbs me– and one that I can’t ignore.
So the question is: what now? My writing consultant Julie ( who is an American) and I set up another consultation tomorrow, confident (at least on my part) that Hillary Clinton would win and life would carry on as usual. I emailed Julie this morning, reminding her of our planned session. I even sent some material I had written before Tuesday. It’s early days. Maybe best to carry on with business as usual– at least for the present.
I’m not sure we’ll be able to do that. As previously mentioned, I write in order to creatively deal with real issues in my life. I use fantasy and humor and put out whatever’s going on in story form. This process touches me deeply and I find resolution, healing and a sense of abundance in my life–which I would not have otherwise.
So I’m not even sure that I’ll be able to carry on with the story that I’m writing–it may seem irrelevant given the events of the past week.
What may be more relevant is a story about would be a story about acting vs. reacting. That is, in the face of change that I experience as a threat to myself and everything I believe in: how do I act rather than react?
One of my favourite sayings is: “Don’t just do something. Sit there.” At this point, I do need to “sit there” and see what comes up for me to do. And that’s not a comfortable place for me to be.
But right now, I’m not even sure if I can come up with a fiction scenario and a cast of quirky characters to be part of that particular story. After all, it has to be first and foremost a good story.
Meanwhile I need to get on with my day. It’s Remembrance Day and I’m part of a Community choir that is singing: “Let There Be Peace on Earth”.
Today, peace seems a long way off–further than ever. But at least we can sing about it.
Just some thoughts