Take A Breath

It’s time to begin work on the annual Christmas letter. I am wrapped up in a warm blanket in my favorite chair, sipping a hot drink and wondering why people are so dissatisfied. America is such a blessed nation. I am so blessed. My children live in comfortable homes, my grandchildren are healthy and happy little bundles of energy, getting good educations. There is nothing out there beyond my reach that I need, only things that I might want.

This is the second time in my life-time that a President has won the Electoral College vote and not won the popular vote. It doesn’t make for a very peaceful transition or good feelings among the public. Do you suppose it is time for the Electoral College to go away? It was designed in an era ( late1700s) where there was no instant communication, ( so no one knew how other states were voting) and was rather a brilliant idea – for that time. Now however, not so much. I don’t think so anyway. I doubt we’ll see a change to the system without a grassroots uprising from the people. That change is the only way the rest of us – beyond the 12 key states – matter.

Not having a mandate from the country will not slow Donald Trump down. What remains to be seen, is what he does with the trophy now that he has it. His focus was winning, regardless, and it has stirred an ugly pot. I hope and pray, the country can settle down and give the man a chance. After all, success for him right now, is success for us all. There are bigger fish to fry. In the meantime, write your Congressional Representative and tell them you’d like to see the Electoral College abolished. We talk about it every four years. Maybe it’s time to do more than talk. However, very very very few of us will actually write that letter. It’s too easy not to, too easy to complain instead, too easy to wait for the other guy to do it.

When people get scared, they go nuts. Take a breath everyone. Have compassion instead of criticism for the fear. We’ll be okay.

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About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature and fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's, two topics that are very difficult to manage in real life. Barbara volunteers doing school programs and speaking to support groups. National Parks, hiking, and snow-shoeing are in her list of favorite hobbies.
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