The Votes Are In

I fell asleep last night before the final numbers came in for the 2016 Presidential Election. I woke up sometime around 4:00 this morning to find that our new president is now Donald Trump. Somehow, I managed to fall back asleep for a few hours, but not without a persistent stomach ache.

I awoke this morning with a heavy heart, a churning stomach, and a sense of terror from head to toe. My initial reaction to this news was similar to what many others felt as well, I am sure. I was shocked. I was horrified. I felt disgusted. I wanted to hurl blame at midwesterners, at third party voters, at non voters, at “racists” and “bigots” and “sexists” and “predators” and “liars” and “ignorant assholes”. I felt angry. I felt betrayed.

But I only allowed these heated, angry, fiery thoughts to linger for a moment. I gave them just enough time to be really felt, and then I let them go. 

Because now is NOT the time for our rage or our blame or our fear to overtake or consume us. This broken country has NO more room for any kind of hate, especially with a man like Donald Trump now sitting in the White House. 

Now is the time for LOVE. Love wins, but only when we make certain that it does. Now it’s up to us to do everything within our power, everything within our beings, as individuals, to love our neighbors. It is not the time for us to wrap ourselves in an arbitrary identity of Democrat, Republican, or Independent. It is the time for us to open our arms to one another and wrap them around each other. For our friends, neighbors, acquaintances and even perfect strangers who now feel more scared, more marginalized, more unaccepted than ever – we must use our time, resources and selves to help them see and know that they ARE loved, they ARE accepted, and that we will do everything we can to protect them. This is our duty now. As believers, as non believers, as Christians, as Mormons, as Catholics, as Atheists, as Agnostics, as Buddhists, as majorities, as minorities, as privileged, as underprivileged, as gay, as straight, as transexual, as bisexual, as men and as women, as parents, as sons and daughters, as brothers and sisters; as human beings, it’s our time to shine.

It is okay to feel those negative feelings – we must allow ourselves to feel them. But we must let go of them, otherwise they will hold us captive. Let yourself be hurt, let yourself be angry, let yourself be disappointed, confused, afraid. But then channel those strong emotions and feelings into positive action. 

A darkness has settled in over this nation, for now, but let’s be the light that blows it away.

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”      – Albus Dumbledore

“You are the light of the world.” – Matthew 5:14

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