Post election here’s how to unwind

Column by Michael Alcorn
Posted 11/6/18

Whew. Thank God that’s over. I know, this was an ugly election season, and, today, some people are celebrating, and some people are lamenting. And, there’s probably a pretty good chance that some …

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Post election here’s how to unwind

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Whew. Thank God that’s over.

I know, this was an ugly election season, and, today, some people are celebrating, and some people are lamenting. And, there’s probably a pretty good chance that some people are still litigating. Oh, and, in case you didn’t notice, the 2020 Presidential campaign started yesterday, somewhere in a little farm house in Iowa or New Hampshire.

But, one thing is for sure: We all feel a little bit icky.

So, I though I would use this week’s column to hand out some ideas for how to recover from this election cycle. And, just to keep it real, I’m going to separate out my suggestions for either Democrats or Republicans.

If you’re a Republican, here are some ways that you can recover your sanity after this election season:

• Take a long drive up in the mountains—go at least as far as Genesee or Bailey. See the Continental Divide, now painted white by our early season storms.

• Go to a local elementary school at recess time, and watch children run around, be silly, have imaginations, and suck the marrow out of life

• Go to a high school playoff game this weekend. Watch people play their sport for the pure love of the game and the joy of competition and the beauty of a school community drawn together

• Visit Fort Logan National Cemetery this weekend. Remember the sacrifices of 242 years of Americans who bled and died for their brothers and their country

• Take your kids to the park; take a ball; take nerf guns and chase them around; bring neighbor kids

• Take an evening walk around the neighborhood. Maybe, if you see somebody putting up Christmas decorations (yes, there are plenty of people doing that already), stop and chat, encourage them, offer them a hand. That’s a much better spirit to get into than we’ve been in the last few months.

• Plan, today, where you are going to go on Thanksgiving morning to help pass out meals to the homeless.

And, if you’re a Democrat, here are some ways that you can regain your equilibrium after a grueling election season:

• Take a long drive up in the mountains—go at least as far as Genesee or Bailey. See the Continental Divide, now painted white by our early season storms.

• Go to a local elementary school at recess time, and watch children run around, be silly, have imaginations, and suck the marrow out of life

• Go to a high school playoff game this weekend. Watch people play their sport for the pure love of the game and the joy of competition and the beauty of a school community drawn together

• Visit Fort Logan National Cemetery this weekend. Remember the sacrifices of 242 years of Americans who bled and died for their brothers and their country

• Take your kids to the park; take a ball; take nerf guns and chase them around; bring neighbor kids

• Take an evening walk around the neighborhood. Maybe, if you see somebody putting up Christmas decorations (yes, there are plenty of people doing that already), stop and chat, encourage them, offer them a hand. That’s a much better spirit to get into than we’ve been in the last few months.

• Plan, today, where you are going to go on Thanksgiving morning to help pass out meals to the homeless.

And, yes, that was intentional, not a glitch of cut-and-paste.

You see, there are many more things that unite us than that divide us. We, as a community, are not broken — we’re not perfect, but we’re not broken. And every two years we go through this exercise where we try to establish sides and then mark our territories. But the reality is that we are really much better off than we appear to be on the evening news.

So, get out of your confirmation-bias-loop, and go check back in with your community. You’ll feel much better for it.

Michael Alcorn is a teacher and writer who lives in Arvada with his wife and three children. His new novel, “Charon’s Blade,” will be available soon. His opinions are not necessarily those of Colorado Community Media.

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