Lean In To Love

I’m feeling a bit panicky lately. I suppose it has to do with the fact that I took the first step, let go of the bowstring, and all the other analogies of letting go that I can think of. Change can be exciting and energizing. It can also be scary and uncomfortable.

It could also be the fact that tomorrow, the president-elect will be sworn in (if lightning doesn’t strike him) and this country that we all love will be fully in the hands of a small group of people who do not care in the least for the rest of us. They’ve worked for twenty years to divide us and weaken the power of the people. They’ve done an excellent job and now they’re free to enrich themselves at our expense.

Most of us are still in shock and hoping that someone will wake us from this nightmare.

We’re also embarrassed that we let this happen. We’re embarrassed that the once great United States is now the laughing stock of the world. And our government, the powers that be, have no clue. They are, after all, going to “Make America Great Again.” Was it ever really that great? Really?

I’m just as scared as the next person, but I do believe that this is the change we needed. We allowed the fear and frustration of a great many people to go on for far too long. We got comfortable, thinking that if we just elected the right people, they’d fix it all for us. The only ones that can fix this is us. We, The People.

Just like I allowed my misery to become comfortable and keep me stuck, the US has been stuck for a long time. And just like it took me getting fired, it took the election of a two-bit reality show, pseudo-celeb to the highest office in the country to shake us out of our complacency.

We can’t keep doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results. We have to do things differently. We have to start talking to each other and really listening, instead of yelling at each other behind the safety of our computer monitors and phones. We need to stop relying on the old way of doing things and find a better way to take care of each other.

There’s a reason this man got elected and we need to figure out why.

The country is in a free fall right now. We don’t know if there is going to be a net to catch us or if we’ll grow wings and fly or if we’ll hit the ground with an earth-shattering thud. The only thing I know is that I’m not giving up. I believe that the people of this country are basically loving and caring. There’s only a tiny percentage that really do hate. The power of hate is no match to the power of love. We just have to lean in to the love and it will be okay.