“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” – Nelson Mandela
Bonus Quote: “When you turn an election into a three-ring circus, there’s always a chance the dancing bear will win.” – Nancy Isenberg
I had decided after the election, no matter who wins, that I was going to take a break from blogging. In a word, I am tired. Certainly, I had hoped to take a celebratory break but unfortunately that is not going to be the case.
To say that I am disappointed in the decision of 50% of the American people would be an understatement. I can’t say that I am totally shocked by the results, I knew it would be close, honestly I knew it would be very close, I had just hoped it would be very close the other way.
Last night I was angry. This morning I am no longer angry, just scared, my children are scared. They are scared because they have heard the words Trump has used. Scared because they have seen the actions Trump has encouraged. My job, and a job that I have taken very seriously over the last 26 years is to calm the fears of my children. At this moment, and based on recent encounters I have had with Trump supporters, I am at a loss of how to do that. I want nothing more than Donald Trump to prove me wrong. I want nothing more for myself, for you, and especially for our children for Donald Trump to make America great again. I will support that ideal anyway I can but never at the expense of others.
So what can we do? Hope for the best. Hope that the office changes the man. Hope that all the bluster and bullshit was simply an act to get elected. Hope that he can calm the tide of hate and anger he encouraged throughout the election process. Hope that he sees the terror and the fear in the eyes of some of the citizens of this great country and Hope that he doesn’t use it against them. Hope that he surrounds himself with smart and compassionate people who will leave their egos and personal agendas at the door. Hope that he truly heard the stories from the people who elected him. Hope that he realizes that it will take an uncommon man and an uncommon commitment to solve the problems of the common people of this country. Hope.
“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” – Desmond Tutu