Sitting With Our Sadness
Then getting back into action
I have learned to sit with my sadness.
It’s an important part of my process.
I am unable to focus on my investigative work without paying respect to the grief of loss.
I continue to lose people in my life to the Great Information War.
Even when it’s not someone I’m particularly close to, I still feel winded.
Reporting on this war is my life’s work, and I want so much to say:
“You’ve been targeted! It’s not your fault! No one brainwashes themselves!”
But that’s not how it works.
They are on their own path — I will be a safe harbor if and when they should return to their pre-radicalized selves.
But today I am sad. Another perfectly decent person was snatched by the merger of the MAGA-QAnon Cult.
So, I acknowledge my grief. I allow myself ten minutes on the couch, to sit with my feelings.
I know I am not alone. I hear from people every day who too are saddened by those they’ve lost.
After I’ve taken a few minutes, sending love and light their way, I return to my desk, and get back to work.
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