I'm not sure if you're aware, but there's a big election this week. I know, I know, it hasn't been talked about very much, so you might have forgotten about it... I don't even need to tell you that I'm kidding. There has been so much hype, emotion, and, unfortunately, ugliness surrounding this election, that I think we need to empower ourselves with some tools to use this week, so we can stay grounded and compassionate regardless of the outcome of the election.
This is a prayer that I'm sure you've heard before. It's one that I think can be a powerful tool, regardless of your beliefs, to fall back on when we find ourselves overwhelmed or surrounded by frustration, anger, or other challenges.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
— Saint Francis of Assisi