The election has taken its toll on me the past six weeks. It’s been hard, so hard that I find myself in a malaise that is difficult to shake. I think it is the reason I came down with a cold a couple of weeks ago. My psyche and my body had all they could handle and they collapsed for a week or so.
My first course of action was to read and reread the book of Daniel in the Bible. Daniel is one of the major prophets. He was taken prisoner, along with other intelligent Hebrew men, from Judah to Babylon by an evil king and made to live, basically, under house arrest and do the king’s bidding. How did Daniel and his three friends manage? That was what I wanted to learn so I could live similarly in the next four years under such a mean king’s dictatorship. These are some of the things I gleaned from the book:
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Maintain a prayer life.
- Keep one’s ear to the ground.
- Befriend those in charge.
- Remain faithful.
Each of us who know better can do better. I plan to continue to do the good work in which I am already involved. I plan to continue to be kind to every person with whom I come in contact. I plan to stay healthy, stay in touch with friends, and pray daily. It’s all I’ve got.