Wednesday, November 9, 2016

What can we do?

This morning my crew and I had a talk, my favorite kind of talk. We discussed the topics that shape and define our character, we discussed how we get to choose who we are going to be. Politics is not something we discuss in our home often. Until yesterday my children did not know where I stood on candidates. On the way to the voting booth we discussed, democracy, women’s suffrage, having a voice and the beauty of freedom of choice.

In cases like this election we tend to view it as a win-lose scenario. Is it possible we can change our perspective slightly, despite the outcome for you, can you see the win? I am an optimist, to the core, sometimes I even annoy myself with my sunny outlook. However, it is one of my favorite attributes, I see the world around me as opportunity and potential. Success in the hard things is mine if I fight for it.

This morning I got to set the tone for my crew. I wanted to prepare them for the harsh world, they would experience. Evidence was showing up in social media feeds everywhere, people shaming, blaming and tearing apart. They asked who won and I shared, shocked at how invested they seemed to be. I stopped them with a question, “what can we do?”

We can argue, blame, push back, cry and grieve. We have that right, as Americans we have a voice. My challenge is that really the best choice, is that the choice we want our children and generations to come to see? Or can gather the information given, process and then dare to be. Be the voice for those around you. Be the hands for your community. Be the difference, or as Gandhi said, “be the change you want to see.”

Martin Luther King a man who fought for empowerment said it best, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” The key is in our character, who we choose to be despite the circumstances. Facebook is not our platform, blaming is not right, tearing each other to shreds is not the answer. The answer is be the change, YOU, be the change you want to see. My crew and I discussed the decision made last night and what we can do, they decided, “we can love.”

We can love, even when we don’t agree. Love is the very key to freedom and empowerment. Let’s teach this next generation about character, about losing with kindness or winning with grace. We can teach them about freedom, by showing them freedom. We can teach them about character by having some. We can teach them to love well by showing it. We get to choose how we handle this and what lessons we take away.

Let’s slow down, take a deep breath and exhale love. Use your disappointment to fuel your choices and go do. Leaders will come and go, they will change, it is the beauty of democracy. It is very likely that at some point in your life you will come in contact with a leader you don’t agree with, if not today than tomorrow. In that reality, let’s choose to reach out, to our community, our loved ones and the world.

Instead of allowing darkness to win, be the very light that chases it away. We have that choice to make, we do not have to accept this, it is our opportunity to shine. You don’t like the outcome, change your world. Celebrating a win today, change your world. You don’t care today, change your world. Find the light from within, turn it on and don’t ever let anyone shut it off. Go, burn bright and get things done.

Be the difference maker, game changer, mountain mover, go be, go do, be kind and love well. Despite who is in charge, I will raise my girls to be strong and my son to be respectful. Above all else showing them to be kind and shine bright. So friends, challenge yourself to be kind today. Go out of your way to empower someone, throw kindness around like confetti.

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