Good morning everyone!
So last night was a thing to say the least. About half the country woke up (or stayed up) elated about the results of the election last night. About the other half of country woke up (or stay up) depressed and/or angry. It's become increasingly common in my lifetime, the divisiveness of the country when it comes to politics. Just when I think we can't become more divided, we somehow do. Now we, as a country, begin the journey forward.
As I stated earlier, half the country is elated, the other, not so much. My candidate did not win last night (however winning the popular vote, but that’s not the system we use. That’s fine, I actually think, overall, the Electoral College is better than a straight vote). This post isn’t about why I supported Clinton since the point is moot now, but it’s about moving forward. It’s about moving forward, not just for Clinton supporters, but all Americans in general.
How am I moving forward? I’ll just keep doing what I have been doing for most of my life: lead by example. A lot of the despair coming from some of our countrymen and women today and that despair can lead to despondency. I’d tell those people feeling this that they should get out there and live a life and create an environment that you’d wish to see from others. It’s easy to get on social media and “people should do this,” or “how can people be like that?” It’s easy and generally ineffective. I try my hardest not to make grand proclamations on ethics, morals, and lifestyles (the irony is not lost on me that this very post has that appearance. That being said, I can’t help but feel the despair oozing from many of my friends and I don’t wish to stand idle while I can feel their suffering), but just to quietly lead by example. Demonstrating change seems to go further than just calling for it. My friends, don’t despair, be the change that you wish to see in this world. Defend the down-trodden, advocate for those whose voices aren’t heard. Conduct yourself in the best way possible no matter how others around you conduct themselves. Rise above it and you’ll find others doing the same, slowly but surely.
To my friends and fellow Americans who had their candidate win last night. Your responsibilities didn’t end last night at the ballot box. Trump’s slogan was Make American Great Again. I personally thought American was pretty great already; not perfect, but still pretty great with respect to the rest of the world. I’ll ask you to get there and try to make improvements for all Americans. Don’t rely on politicians to do this work. Roll up your sleeves, volunteer, do whatever you can, no matter how big or small to make improvements for all peoples.
This has been a long and bitter campaign. You can sit back and revel in your candidate’s victory. You can crawl into a hole and let despair consume you. Let me offer you both another path: lead by example in your own world. Make small changes, make small stands. Those small actions, combined over time, and with those around you, will be the change you wish to see.