Hi, friends—it's been a while.
As I'm sure many of you noticed, I took most of November off from posting. It wasn't because I wanted to abandon the blog or I didn't love you anymore—I promise—I just needed a break.
This month has been rough in many ways I didn't anticipate. With a death in the family and the well-known results of the presidential election, it's been a gloomier November than normal.
For the purposes of transparency, my lovely audience, let's tackle this head on . . .
Although I've wanted to post about the results of this year's election so many times, the wound was still too fresh and my emotions too unstable to discuss it in depth. I can only say this—if you were someone who voted for Trump because you find him an inspiring leader for racist, misogynist, bigoted, or xenophobic thoughts, then I will pray for you to see the goodness in people different from you. There's hope for you yet.
However, if you voted for our new president-elect because you believed in his economic and policy positions, and truly are inspired by his message of change and sticking up for the little man, then I offer you my heartfelt congratulations on your candidate's success. I hope and pray that he will succeed and be a good President for the sake of the country I love so much.
Although Hillary's loss cuts me deeply, we must move forward. We must come together to find ways that we can make this country better—that we can make ourselves better—and inspire younger generations to become an empowered, informed, voting public.
We will always be stronger together than divided.
Merriam Webster's dictionary defines compassion as "sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it." In the midst of our selfishness, I think many of us have left behind our fellow man. We have put our own wants and desires above others', and have forgotten what it's like to be on the other side.
Please remember that we are all humans. We are all in this together.
Hope and the capacity for love runs through all of our veins—no matter your race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Democrat, Republican, Hillary supporter, Bernie voter, Trump advocate—it doesn't matter.
We are, first and foremost members, of the same species, all seeking love and acceptance.
It is not an issue of Us vs. Them. This is about what we can do together, as Americans, to ensure that everyone has their voice heard.
So I ask of you, no matter where you stand politically, no matter your feelings on this election—please be kind. Move forward with love for others and hope for the future.
And as Martin Luther King, Jr. once said . . .
"I have decided to stick to love...Hate is too great a burden to bear."
Writer, editor, and storyteller living in the Twin Cities.