Happiness and the Election
A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside. ~ Denis Waitley
Ok, tomorrow is going to be a very interesting day in the US. There will be lots of anxiety of course, lot’s of false things posted on social media about, how somebody’s uncle’s cousin saw this or that while voting. Don’t fall for any of it, regardless of who you are supporting tomorrow, the day after the election we need to support each other. We all need to remember that we are all Americans, even more importantly, we are all humans and that bond has to be greater than any party you may support, any candidate you support, any story you’ve heard on cable news, or any post you read on social media.
We need to come together after the election and as the public, the owners of our government, we need to hold our leaders to a higher standard than we have in the past. We need to get them to take care of our immigrants AND our veterans, our economy AND our environment, our minority communities AND our police, our children AND our elderly. We can actually do all of that regardless of what your politicians or party tells you. We need to be strong leaders in the world without using our military as our primary form of “diplomacy.” We can do this by having caring and understanding being our first tools of choice, our weapons the tool of last resort.
So the day after the election, elated, angry or indifferent, I’m asking you to do one thing, not for me, but for all of us. Just smile at three strangers over the course of the day. Why? Because a smile is an act of kindness, the antithesis of all the mistrust and anger we have shown each other during this election cycle. It might just be the thing that gets us started on the right path and who knows, maybe a few people will smile back. All that smiling will make us feel better, more trustful, maybe, just maybe we’ll start listening instead of talking at each other. Maybe we’ll decide that the way to solve problems is the best idea, regardless of what party or ideology the idea came from. Who knows, maybe a sophisticated approach of taking the best conservative, liberal, communist, socialist, capitalist, Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist and Taoist ideas and mixing and matching them will actually produce some amazing insights and better all of our lives.
Then again, I think John Lennon had it pretty right in the song imagine. So the day after tomorrow, the day after the election, let’s try to be helpful, kind and grateful and just see what happens. As always though, be good to yourselves, kind to others and have a happy day my friends ~ Rev Kane