“Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Okay. So the candidate you hoped would be president, isn’t. Or, the candidate you hoped would be president, is. I have used the above quote before and I will use it again here.
I know many of you are sad. I feel that sadness. I know many of you are weary. I feel that weariness. I know many of you are moving around today with heavy hearts–my heart feels heavy too. HOWEVER. Sinking into despair is not the option. Fueling useless and painful arguments with fear and sadness and hate is not the option. Whether today brings you joy or heartache, what we ALL must do is stand tall. Speak out of respect, kindness, and compassion to those you meet, regardless of their political views. Love. Love with all you have. Always choose love–even when hate seems like the easiest option.
Today, I am facing challenges in my own self. Today, I have to live up to what I just asked of all of you. I will admit, last night I had a hard time keeping my cool amidst the shock and frustration and tension. This is a new morning. This is a new day. I will live up to my own words and not allow them to become empty and meaningless. I’m a preschool teacher, and I have almost always been in a position to be a role-model. Last night, a fellow teacher friend and discussed the need to keep the respect. I sent this:
“If what we don’t want comes to pass, we are allowed the be upset. We are allowed to grieve. We are allowed to discuss it and lament. However, at the end of the day, to come out ahead, we must keep that respect. To lose our heads, to spread negativity, especially with the children, only propagates hate and this country, this world, doesn’t need any more of that. It won’t be easy. It will be a challenge. But to grow, to show true strength, is not to fall into the downward spiral of negativity and hatred and filth-spewing…it’s to rise above and continue to fight and work towards a brighter future for us and for those children by educating, staying positive, and having faith that our future is not doomed to destruction and disharmony.”
I feel like there is still so much to say, and so much more that will be said. For now, I will end by saying that we are stronger together and we must come together now in love and respect. We must work together in good faith–whether we agree or not. If you want change, be the f****** change. UNITED we stand. DIVIDED we fall.