I made the colossal mistake of getting on Facebook last night after the election was called. Sweet land of liberty! You would have thought that everyone on there was standing on the edge of an abyss waiting to jump just after they got that one last status update in, because wo, the despair. Oh,with the threats to move to Canada (which I thought were amusingly ironic), and plans to stockpile ammunition, and look over there! It's the end of the world! I found myself sighing a lot over people's negativity. And I went to bed feeling kind of glum.
Because here's the thing that people fail to recognize. We all voted. We all researched and chose a guy and then we all went out and marked our ballots and got a sticker and then one guy won and one guy lost. And to that I say, hooray for democracy. It worked. If you always want to be sure of an election there are many countries who can help you out with that. So maybe the guy who won wasn't the guy you wanted. It's okay to be upset about that. But it's not okay to make this one moment the Great Harbinger of the End of Days - particularly on Facebook - because it is not.
So this morning I woke up determined to make myself a politically neutral zone. The kids came into seminary wanting to talk about it. I fed them brownies and changed the subject. At institute I made my office a negativity free zone. We could talk about the results, we just couldn't say anything bad about them, or gloat, if that was the case. Some kids left the office a little frustrated. But others came in and we spent some time telling corny jokes to each other and laughing a lot.
See, life continues onward, just as it always has.