Balm for Your Election Burnout


My help is in the mountain
Where I take myself to heal
The earthly wounds
That people give to me.
I find a rock with sun on it
And a stream where the water runs gentle
And the trees which one by one give me company.
So must I stay for a long time
Until I have grown from the rock
And the stream is running through me
And I cannot tell myself from one tall tree.
Then I know that nothing touches me
Nor makes me run away.
My help is in the mountain
That I take away with me.

~Nancy Wood

The election is over! Thank goodness for that. Many of us are tired and worn thin from all the drama that led up to the big day. The continuous television, radio and Internet exposure to the caustic mudslinging, the pundit chatter, the confusion about the candidates’ real intentions, the worry about facts being properly presented, the robo-calls, snail mail and emails–all begging for our attention, our money and our votes–has ground us down. Tension between family members and friends with differing viewpoints stressed relationships and added to the feeling of overload.

Whether you are happy or not with the outcome of the elections, now would be a good time to breathe a sigh of relief and try to regain some semblance of mental and emotional balance. The DBRL staff has gathered together some books to offer as remedy for your election burnout. At the Columbia Public Library, stop by the display on the second floor near the reference desk until November 19 to peruse books on stress management, meditation and the restorative power of nature.  Or browse our online book lists and place some titles on hold. You might find just the read you need to even your keel. And wouldn’t it be a blessing to enter the holiday season with a calm heart and mind?

About Larkspur

Larkspur prefers biking to work and enjoys 3-4 car-free days per week (a car-free day is a carefree day!). Favorite hotspots are farmers markets and wooden dance floors.
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One Response to Balm for Your Election Burnout

  1. Svetlana says:

    Good post, Larkspur!