Someone posted a funny picture on Facebook last week of a sincere man looking at the camera. The caption says: “I just need to see a few more political ads before I can make my decision.” And then underneath it says: “This never happened.” No matter what side you’re on, I feel it safe to say that we are all grateful that election day brings an end to the political ads which are voluminous, misleading, and often a gross manipulation of fear.

I am writing this blog on election day and it will be posted the day after. I do not believe that the world will end if the Republicans regain control of the Senate. Likewise, I don’t believe the world will end if the Democrats retain their slim margin. The world wouldn’t even end if by some fluke there were to be a third term for President Obama.

Whenever angels appear in the Bible, they say, Be not afraid. When Jesus appeared to his disciples after his death, the first words out of his mouth are: Fear not. Fear paralyzes our thinking. It literally causes a constriction of blood flow to the brain and adrenalin to the muscles that allow you to run more efficiently from the tiger that is chasing you. When we don’t have tigers chasing us, but live under a constant threat of bad things happening, we cannot see how much possibility is actually around us. Fear is the opposite of hope, the opposite of love. We do not need to fear who is in power. We’ve lived through tough times. We have more ahead no matter who gets elected. Yes, there are scary things in the world, like ISIS and Ebola, but that is not the whole story. Don’t let yourself be manipulated. Look at the good things happening in the world.

 Did you hear that the amazing 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai donated all of her Nobel Peace Prize money to help rebuild destroyed schools in Gaza? Here’s what she says: "…without education, there will never be peace. Let us stand together for peace and education because together we are more powerful." Look at the good things happening in your life. There’s more of that to come, too. Miracles happen every day. If we spent as much time on what we are hopeful about as what we are fearful about, the world would be a different place. You would be a different person! What are five things you are grateful for? Go. Say them out loud fast. Now name five things you are hopeful about. That may take a little more time, but it will require our intention to counteract the manipulators of fear! Do it.