Learning to Handle Emotional Pain
Election Day was like a harrowing roller coaster ride with twists, dips and turns that no one could have anticipated. Regardless of what party you connect with, emotions were running high well into the wee hours of Wednesday morning. Some voters experienced acute emotional pain at the realization their candidate would not be the next president of the United States, as was predicted. The national and international communities felt the tremor beneath their feet when predictability turned into unpredictability in the outcome of the race.
It’s important to remember in any given situation, what we do with our emotional pain has far reaching effects on our own life and the lives of everyone around the world. You may have heard of the phrase the Butterfly Effect. The Butterfly Effect is a tenet of the Chaos Theory, which says that even the smallest of occurrences, such as the flutter of a butterfly’s wings, can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world.
It’s painful to think about releasing those emotional feelings, but it’s essential. In the long run, holding on to those feelings can be detrimental to your mental and physical health. Referring back to the Butterfly Effect tenet, your internal reaction, along with like-minded people, creates a chaotic wave of reaction felt throughout the world. If you’re not so sure you believe it’s possible, think about the effect we all experienced when 911 occurred. Even mentioning it in this article, can summon some of the painful emotions we lived through.
Be patient and compassionate with those around you as we gain acceptance of the “new normal.” The choices within this election were not ideal, as I’m sure you will agree! (Please note-It’s not the time to make an argument or justify why you made your voting decision.) Let’s allow the community to process at its own pace. Pain can be collateral damage during the peaceful transition of the highest office in the nation. (Think back four to eight years ago if you’re having trouble remembering.) Time heals!
Originally published in the Bay City Tribune on Sunday, November 13, 2016.