Sooooooo, that happened last night. I didn’t think it would actually come to be, but here we are with Donald Trump as our president.
This is a really hard and scary time for a lot of people, and those fears are valid. So what do we do? Where do we go from here?
The only thoughts that I have are this: Love. Peace. Tolerance.
What we stand for, what we fight for, what we believe in, are those three things (in a very small, all-encompassing nutshell). The people who are devastated by the outcome of the election, myself included, we need to remember this. We stand for love. We stand for peace. We stand for tolerance. We will not achieve these things by giving into and participating in the ugly. We will achieve these things by practicing what we preach in our everyday lives.
Now is the time that we need to go above and beyond. We need to really practice the love that we want reflected in our country. We need to show that we are peaceful and we want peace, no matter our differences. We need to put into action our tolerance towards those who do not believe the same.
If we fight ugly with ugly, where is the beauty that we’re fighting so hard for? It will get lost in all of the hatred if we don’t do something about it.
We are the people. We make up this county. We decide if this country is great. We need to up our game now more than ever, when everything seems so dark, to bring out the light that we so desperately want to see in this country.
PRACTICE an act of love today. Go out of your way to intentionally put that into the world.
PRACTICE peace today. It’s easy to get malicious when you’re feeling so attacked, but we don’t need any more hatred out there. There’s too much already.
PRACTICE tolerance. This might be the hardest one of all today. Maybe that looks like un-following someone on social media because you understand that their feelings don’t match yours, and you don’t want to fight with them anymore. (Please don’t confuse tolerance with ignoring a problem – that’s not what I mean here.)
This wasn’t the most eloquently put or detailed blog post, and I know that I have failed to express how deeply I feel, but I needed to get these points out there.
How will you practice your beliefs today? How will you stand up for what is right?