I know a lot of us woke up this morning feeling despair over how the U.S. election has played out…
For those who are passionate about inclusiveness, equality, and the environment, it’s a hard blow, and it is bound to be a challenging run ahead.
So, take time to grieve this… Have a cry. Write out all your fears and disappointments. Put on some loud angry music and have a private temper tantrum. Sit in the disappointment or hopelessness and breathe into it.
When you’re done, get up, dust yourself off and let’s get back to work.
We can’t change who’s president. We can’t change the fact that so many people voted for someone who appealed to racist, misogynistic, bigoted, and xenophobic sentiments. What we CAN do is get to cultivating in our little corner of the world the compassion, knowledge, action, tolerance, understanding, and connection to change things on the ground level. Because ultimately the ground is where the seeds of future society are sown…
This will require us to consistently stand up, reach out, and speak out in a powerful and loving way in our every day lives. It also asks us to listen like we’ve never listened before. There are so many people on all ends of the spectrum right now not feeling seen or heard and feeling some form of powerlessness or fear. It’s important to first acknowledge where that might lie in ourselves and do our best to heal it. Then, with genuine curiosity and openheartedness, start reaching out to others with the intention of cultivating connection.
In fact, you can start immediately in breaking the spell of powerlessness and hopelessness by taking an action daily that cultivates compassion and connection. What will yours be today?
“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu