I know many of us are heartbroken, angry, disgusted and confused today. And yet I feel this underlying energy of hope, of rising up. This election season has been such a catalyst for change in so many ways. People coming together and speaking out. Women standing up and saying enough is enough, we won't be treated as less than equal anymore. People of all walks of life standing in solidarity with those who have been disempowered.
There has been much talk of the seemingly obvious similarities between Trump and Hitler, but I am seeing one huge difference this time around. This time many of us understand the lesson of "They came for the ____ and I did not speak out because I wasn't ________. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me". This time, we are speaking up. We are speaking up for the water protectors at Standing Rock. We are speaking up against so called "locker room talk" and being touched against our will. Of being called nasty when we claim our power. We are speaking up for those who just want to use the bathroom in peace, without the fear of violence or intimidation. This time, when they come for us we will all stand together.
It is time for us to all connect with our personal power and the greatest weapon we have-love. The majority of the problems facing our world today stem from fear at a core level. Love is our answer. Some might say education is the answer. I would offer the perspective that education is love. It is shared knowledge for the betterment of the world. Or, you know, love. Love is just so much bigger than we've been giving it credit for. So is fear, but that's another story. Love gives us courage, hope, drive and connects us to what truly matters.
If one thing is clear after the election, it is that we as a country are ready for change. We do not all currently agree on how that should look. But we are all in this together, so it would serve us well to really listen to each other. Listen without judgement or bias as much as you can. Find common ground and work from there. We are more alike than different. I choose love. Will you join me?
In love and unity,