Bear with me for a moment if you will.
I swear this isn’t a political rant.
Nor is it a plea for the tolerance of hate.
I was completely devastated, and terrified by the results of the 2016 presidential election.
The current administration stands against anyone who is NOT : white, male, Christian.
I fall into a few minority groups:
I never thought hate would make its way into the White House in such a blatant way.
I’m not going to tell you that I think it will get better or that we should tolerate hatred.
However, I will tell you this: WE ABSOULUTLY NEED TO KEEP BEING WHO WE ARE.
I have to live my life based on spiritual principles. If I don’t I won’t be able to live. It’s easy for me to live my life from these principles when the rest of the world is acting in a peaceful and loving manner.
Ah, but this is where the proverbial “rubber meets the road”. Now I get to actually practice these principles in the face of hate.
That means that I have to keep showing up for life as the best person I can be regardless of what is happening in the world. I have to be kind and loving even when it is very, very difficult to do so.
May I propose this to those of you who were kind enough to read this:
Show up for life as a force of peace.
And above all, let the people in your life know what it is you value about them as individuals.
I say this because I can tell you from experience that some of us “minorities” may be feeling a little unsure right now. Letting someone know what it is you value about them can really let them know that they are valued as a person and not just summed up into a category.
I was blessed to have someone do this for me recently. It changed my point of view.
If you see an injustice taking place before your eyes, remember the victim. It is human nature to go after the aggressor. However, it is the victim that really needs comfort.
Now more than ever it is vital to go out of your way to be kind, show love, and do your best.
We are all in this together. Remember that above ALL ELSE.