It’s Inauguration Day. I feel so incredibly sad today. More sad than I anticipated. This morning I hugged my daughters extra tight before they went to school and my husband came upstairs three times to give me extra hugs and kisses. I guess he knew I’d need it today.
Thinking back to last year. There are so many things that bewildered me throughout the election. I kept waiting for that thing to happen, you know that one thing that would finally make people say “no, that’s it, he cannot be president, we are better than this,” but that moment never happened. Instead, we elected someone who is mediocre, ignorant and delusional. Instead of elevating the standards, we accepted way less than we deserved. Maybe we had no choice.
America’s 45th President represents the type of American I have spent most of my life trying to avoid but being unable to; the ignorant, what about me, better than everyone else, step on you to get ahead, I should get just because, loud, ill mannered…etc. etc. etc.
What’s to Come?
I believe there will come a time when we will collectively expect more for ourselves and our country. Where we will seek great men and women to lead us and they will have the be the very best; decent and responsible with strong values, high intellect and compassion.
What Changes For Me?
Nothing. I have always worked hard. Maybe, I’ll be working a little harder. I give my time and money to causes that support children. I advocate for diversity and inclusion. I support entrepreneurs and small businesses owners, the people who work the hardest and have built our country. I support women and minorities and those who have to work harder to achieve. I am kind and confident and treat others well. I am surrounded by diverse people with varying backgrounds and learn from their knowledge and experiences. I give to those who ask and listen to those who need to be heard. I am a woman of strong faith which gives me the strength and power I need to overcome.
It’s Inauguration Day.
I’ve seen so much hate, contempt and disrespect lately. Over the last two weeks I’ve cried and questioned everything and everyone. What I’ve come to realize (what i think I’ve always known) is that I can and will do more. I’m demanding that the high standards I have for myself will have to be upheld by those around me and I’m positive that love and kindness is the greatest way overcome hate and indifference. While I could spend the rest of my life reciting what I’m thankful for, right now, in these times it’s who I am and what I believe in that I’m truly thankful for. I’m blessed to have these traits…
- I am thankful that I know in my heart that I do not judge or have prejudices against other people.
- I am thankful that I see good in others until they show me otherwise.
- I am thankful to be a lifelong learner. Not too proud to improve my knowledge and understanding of the things I don’t know.
- I am thankful that I can give to others without hesitation.
- I am thankful I am empathetic and compassionate.
- I am thankful for my dedication to manners and proper etiquette.
- I am thankful that I can see pain through the behavior of others and treat them accordingly.
- I am thankful that I want to hear the stories of others, expanding my understanding of the people throughout the world.
- I am thankful that I can work hard. For myself, for my family and for others.
- I am thankful I can see greatest in others.
- I am thankful that I feel best being kind, generous and supportive.
- I am thankful for my dedication to children and young people, understanding that they are the most important.
- I am thankful for my sense of pride for who I am and where I’m from.
- I am thankful that I have an overwhelming need to give, receive and surround myself with love.
- I am thankful that I know how blessed I am. Especially to have my family, my husband David and my daughters.
It’s moments like these that we see how strong we are and the impact we can have. We are powerful. And in the words of my favorite Marvel Superheroe’s Uncle…”with great power comes great responsibility”