November 4, 2020 – The Morning After
“Patience is not passive resignation, nor is it failing to act because of our fears. Patience means active waiting and enduring. It means staying with something and doing all that we can – working, hoping, and exercising faith; bearing hardship with fortitude, even when the desires of our hearts are delayed.”Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Continue In Patience, April 2010
I didn’t plan to stay up on election night. I also didn’t plan to see this election presenting as such a close battle, nor did I anticipate the emotional tsunami. Through each hour, I’ve walked with varying stages of Election Night Psychosis [I made that term up, but it seems to fit]. I’ve walked through the valley of the shadows of disbelief / despair / grief / anger and then finally moved to the more hopeful / philosophical stages. [Reserving the right to regress to any previous stage at any time]
With the dawn of this new and brighter day comes the glorious realization that we are finally living on the other side of our long awaited, prayed for, anticipated Presidential Election Day 2020! Whoohoo!! We did it! After four horrible, agonizing, disgusting, insane years in the political history of America, we finally made it to November 3, 2020!
We voted! Boom.
Now, the process of our democracy is chugging right along, hard at work, doing its thing. It has a bit more chugging and churning to do than usual because [surprise] we are IN THE MIDDLE OF A PANDEMIC, and [not a surprise] A LOT MORE PEOPLE LEGALLY VOTED EARLY either at the polls or via an Absentee/Mail-in ballot. Don’t worry, folks. This is exactly how the morning after is supposed to look like for us – sitting in the virtual electoral “waiting room”, while our nation undergoes some serious political [and moral + ethical] surgery.
At time of writing, it was not quite six o’clock in the morning Mountain Time. I cannot tell you what the final outcome will be, nor is this post about prognosticating or debating the ongoing USA crises.
Here is what I do know:
- I can’t control the outcome, but I can be Actively Patient
- I can encourage others to be Actively Patient!
- Together, we can allow [demand] the democratic process to happen exactly as it should – because democracy depends on accuracy, which cannot be rushed.
- It should not be a big deal to simply wait a few days until every ballot is found and tallied, and the combined counted votes allow the Voice of the People to declare its victors.
Refusing to be patient is childish. Those who might try to undermine, or cancel this sacred election process is un-American. Anyone attempting to suppress the counting of votes, or to declare themselves the winner, is a clear and present danger to our constitutional democracy. Only the Voice of the People is allowed to declare the victors.
I haven’t slept for 25 hours. It appears I must find a legal way to stay awake at least another 10. 😱 Right now, my prime objective is to find a shower, and potentially caffeine! Of course, it would have to be an “acceptable” Mormon-ish kind of caffeine that does not involve coffee or tea, yet still packs some kind of punch … but, I digress …
Stay well, my friends. Stay prayerful, and actively patient. May our democracy live to see another day! – Holly