I decided to reschedule today’s originally scheduled post for next week. With everything that has gone down in the last 48 hours with the US Presidential Election, I felt I needed to say something in a relatively timely manner.
I’m not sure I got the words quite right but I’m not sure if I ever could, but this is what I shared on my personal Facebook page after work yesterday when I started to feel some kind of clarity.
I don’t want to make this a super political space, but like I said, I needed to say something, so here it goes:
I started my day on my mat this morning. Even before the results of the election were in, I made a commitment to myself to practice today and work towards releasing the stress that came with this election. I fell asleep listening to the coverage and awoke early this morning in complete disbelief and shock. Honestly, I didn’t know what to think or feel.
Then I got on my mat.
When it was time to set an intention, it came easy to me: “be love.”
This election wasn’t about red vs blue, republican vs democrat, pro-life vs pro-choice; for me, it was about love vs hate.
I chose and still do choose LOVE.
Regardless of what “side” you fall on with the results of this election, can’t we all choose LOVE?
Love our friends, family and neighbors; love the people who are hurting; love those who are truthfully worried about what this may end up meaning for them and their family and friends; and yes, even love those who may not agree with our own opinions.
There is a lot of unknown that lies ahead of us and it’s scary. I’m a writer who is honestly struggling in her search for words. I shed many tears today and I won’t deny there may be more.
But even as my heart hurts, I work towards being love and spreading love.
I texted friends who I knew were aching or worried or frustrated or scared, or a combination of them all.
I know we all want to stop talking about this but I don’t think it’s going to happen any time soon. Regardless of who won the election, a large portion of the population of this country was going to be hurting and upset today. Regardless of the outcome, there is one thing that was going to be needed today: LOVE.
So I ask you to be love to those around you, whether you agree with their views or not. When we can do that, we can start move forward.
Like I said first thing this morning…
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You are an amazing young woman and have expressed yourself, on behalf of others, very well.
I LOVE THIS. I’ve actually… not gone on social media much at all since this all broke. It’s just… I dunno, not a space I want to occupy right now. But I agree completely and support 100% the beautiful message in this post. The world needs more of THIS, less hate. Always <3
Thank you for sharing, momma.
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Sending so much love (and a hug!) your way!
I’m really scared that the vitriol of this campaign unleashed even more hate in the US. The bullying and pettiness that won out boggles my mind. I only hope that we can find ways to heal these wounds. I wish I was more optimistic. In the mean time, I will spread as much love and hope as I can. Hugs to you.
It’s been so sad to see how much hate has been flying around from everyone. I’ve pretty much stayed off of social media. I loved your intention for the day. 🙂 Group hugs!
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Sharing this because YES. BE LOVE!
I so needed to read this today. I am saddened by the events of this week, and they are hitting closer and closer to home. So thank you for bringing some love!
I think it is more important than it has ever been before to be love! Respect each other and each others opinions, not to judge and to accept what others value!
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I love this 🙂 I woke up feeling the exact same struggle for words yesterday. Its great to see love spread out loud. Keep sharing these words.
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Agreed. My 10 year old and I chatted a little and she asked why people weren’t being kind to each other. That breaks my heart a little. So yes, LOVE is so important to remember!
Well said! These past few days I’m focusing on showing love to others and remember what I’m grateful for.
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Perfectly said, beautiful girl! Thanks for giving me my morning inspiration 🙂
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My Facebook feed was awful and it made me so sad. No matter who the prez is, I hope that I can be love and light to others. Thanks for this post.
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I was extremely disappointed in how so many people spewed hate and protested after the people spoke on the election. I haven’t always agreed with who has been elected over the years but NEVER spewed hate. Wow people grow up and stop the HATE
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