Like many of you, I am very frustrated by the results of the election. If you consider yourself to be a generally peaceful, accepting person, you may find yourself now not knowing who to trust. While this is very understandable, we need to rise about it. The same people who are our neighbors, family and friends are still our neighbors, family and friends. I agree that they’ve made some terrible choices, but now we must move on, together. Lack of acceptance and hatred divides us, and we do not need to accept that fate.
If we join the hatred with hatred, the lack of acceptance with lack of acceptance, then we have lost. We have not only lost the country to a leader with questionable values, but we have lost our own values, which is worse. If you believe in all people being good at their core, now is the time to demonstrate that. If you believe that all people should have equal rights then it is time to model this by allowing everyone to have their say. If you believe that people should not be oppressed for what they believe, now is the time to have an open mind for what others believe that is different than your own. I am NOT saying that we should sacrifice our values and join the herd, but only that we need to remain open and loving in a time when being open and loving is not very popular or easy to do. I know its not easy, but this is the time that we need to pay very close attention to our how WE OURSELVES are being in the world. Every day.