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Happiness Is A Skill - Issue #22 - When the decision isn't clear, wait.

This issue was written on November 5, before the election was called. -- In a day and
Happiness Is A Skill - Issue #22 - When the decision isn't clear, wait.
By Brooke Siem  • Issue #22 • View online
This issue was written on November 5, before the election was called.
In a day and age when information travels at warp speed and lives can be irrevocably changed by one photo or a single tweet, there is something poetic about the speed of the 2020 federal election. All the bandwidth and technology in the world can’t move this along any faster than it’s going to go. The outcome is too precarious and the stakes are too high for anyone to make an honest call. And so we wait, and wait, for more information to come in.
It is moments like this that pierce through my own fourth wall and grab me tight around the chin, forcing me to face the greater collective storyline and apply it to my own. While the United States idles at a crossroads that lead us toward two very different futures, I also stand at a major junction. There are two choices, and I must choose one. Each somehow feels both beautiful and awful, and yet the rest of my life hinges on this choice.
It is too close to call.
But life imitates life. For all the faults of this election and the missteps of all the people involved, there is one thing huge lesson to learn from it: when a decision remains unclear, it is because all the information has not yet arrived.
We have conditioned ourselves to think that when we are presented with a choice, our only options are to pick one or the other and to do it fast. But there is an ever-present third choice that often holds the most power — the choice to wait.
Waiting is itchy. It prickles at you like a stiff wool sweater on a frozen winter night. But to rip it off too soon is to expose yourself to the elements without having first found shelter. If only you could wait until dawn when the sun rises to light the way. Life might look a little different then, the two paths now illuminated, obstacles in clearer view.
So we wait. And I wait, itchy and squeamish, for the information to come in. Because the outcome is too precarious. The stakes are too high.
It is too close to call.

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Brooke Siem

After 15 years of depression and antidepressants, my mission is to help people find hope in the name of healing. HAPPINESS IS A SKILL a newsletter for people who are ready to dig deep and do the self-work required to create a beautiful life. You can learn more about my story at

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