In the wake of the election, I have been surprised and shocked and concerned, more so than ever, about the state of our country. We, as a nation, are more divided than we have ever been.
I am admittedly not very political and don't like to have political discussions, but this has been weighing on me for the past several days.
Let's be honest. No need to beat around the bush. This election was terrible. The people we had to choose from to elect as our next president stunk. In essence, we were voting for the lesser of two evils. And that's pretty darn sad that's where we are as a country.
I won't argue one way or the other about who would have been the better choice, because that's not the point of this post. What I want to point out is that it starts with us.
Unfortunately, we are stuck with who we have as president. We can't change that. There's no sense beating each other up over our personal choices. And frankly, it's nobody's business who each of us voted for.
So why, please tell me why, are we being so darn hateful to each other? What example are we setting for our children by bad mouthing our friends and family for who they voted for? What are we teaching them by protesting and rioting and setting fire to things in the street?
How will any of that change who is president?!
Where it starts, where it HAS to start, is with us, at home, with our children and family and friends. Let's love one another. Let's work to make changes in our family, in our communities, in our schools.
Because, again, let's be real. Being hateful and angry isn't going to change what's happening in our federal government.
I know. I worked for the federal government for just about 12 years. It's a crappy place to be, but where you'll make the most impact is at home, with your children; in your communities, with other friends and families. Because that's where our future lies.
Our children are the future. And what we teach them, the examples we set, that's what is going to be running our country in the future.
So let's teach them integrity, that they aren't always going to win or get their way and that is okay!
Let's teach them that acting out in violence and destruction isn't the answer, that it's not going to get them results.
Let's teach them honesty, that telling the truth will get them farther in life than lying and telling stories.
Let's teach them faith, that trusting in God will get them exactly where they want to be.
Let's teach them love, that loving one another is the answer. The ONLY answer.
Let's teach them kindness, to treat one another the way they want to be treated, even when it doesn't seem fair.
Let's teach them that not everything in life will be fair, that it sucks but how we react to those unfair things will define us more than anything else.
Let's teach them that everyone has the right to have their own thoughts and beliefs, and that it's okay to be different and have different opinions. That it doesn't mean we have to hate or be hateful to one another because of that.
Let's teach them that everyone is different and that...THAT is a beautiful thing. It doesn't make anyone less than another. It makes us all unique and beautiful in our own way. Let's teach them to love each other for our differences, not to hate or berate or discriminate.
Let's be the examples we want our children to see and become.
If we can all do that, we will be united and stand as one. Let's come together, for OUR sake. For our country's sake.
Thank you for reading. Thank you for being YOU!
I hope you have a blessed and beautiful week.
With love and wellness,