Believe it or not, there is good in the world and I have proof.
Tuesday’s election was the ultimate surprise in a campaign full of surprises. No one expected Trump to win (except maybe Trump himself), but he did.
If he was your candidate, congratulations.
If he was not your candidate, be respectful of our country and our process. In our country, we elect our officials which means you get a voice. It does not mean you get your way every single time. Someone wins and someone loses. Don’t throw a temper tantrum if you don’t like the side of the fence you are on.
If you chose not to vote and you don’t like the results, stop blaming the media, the other side, space aliens or whatever and take a good look in the mirror.
Now, this is the most important thing… THE WORLD DID NOT END. The sun still rises in the east and sets in the west. This means you can still affect change. If you do not like the policies of our president – elect, find out what you can to to positively achieve the outcome you want. Volunteer with an organization working toward the goal you want. Fully educate yourself on the issues you are passionate about and if there is no movement supporting your view, start one. The most important thing is DO NOT give into despair. Edmund Burke phrased it perfectly when he said “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” So, do something but in way the reflects the world you want to live in.
I have been very disheartened the the violence that has followed this election. Protesting is one thing, again in this country you have a voice and are encouraged to use it. However, protests that turn into riots and people beaten for who they chose to vote for is wrong and will accomplish nothing for anyone.
So look to the future, not with defeated despair but for the opportunities that tomorrow always holds, regardless of who is in the oval office. Hug your kids, your partner, and your cat (or dog…or both). If you don’t have a dog or cat – adopt one – there is some positive change right there!
And remember there is still good in the world and there will continue to be good in the world. BuzzFeed has put together a great list of good things that have happened this year – like the Cubs winning the World Series ( unless you are an Indians fan- sorry dudes). Click HERE for the full list, but here are some quick highlights:
1. As a result of the ice Bucket challenge and all those videos and the money raised as a result, scientists may have found the gene responsible for ALS.
2. We figured out a new stem-cell therapy that can halt the effects of Multiple Sclerosis.
3. In March, 800 lives were saved when hostages were rescued from the terror group Boko Haram in Nigeria.
4. Solar panels in California started producing enough electricity to power six million homes, which is a new record and step toward a greener world.
5. Volunteers in India planted 50 million trees in a single day. An astounding number that can have an amazing impact on the environment!!
6. The number of wild tigers, manatees, and giant pandas is up. (I have to admit, this one alone has me giddy with delight)
7. Starbucks started donating their unsold food to food banks. They are certainly not the first food chain to do this but hopefully because of their popularity and status, a trend will be set and we will see even MORE restaurants do this
8. The hole in the ozone layer finally started healing itself- something we have been waiting to happen since we banned certain chemicals in aerosols 30 years ago.
9. Scientists in Switzerland this week said they used a brain implant to help a paralyzed monkey walk again. This will have profound impact on the quality of life for human our are dealing with paralysis
You know what all of these things have in common- people working for a common good. People – all people, you , me, Trump, Clinton, that guy in the office next to you or the woman in the line ahead of you getting coffee, we can all make positive change when we choose to be positive. So take a deep breath, recharge your batteries if you need to and take on the challenges of that new day!