Let Freedom Ring

You flung the lid off of Pandora’s Box, thinking your charisma could tamp down the hate, but you underestimated the toxicity you tapped into and gave new life. You can still right the wrong by making a clean break from the despicable rhetoric, ill-advised choices and actions. Make your motivation not about yourself and your interests, but the well-being of all the people you have the duty to serve with dignity and respect.

Let freedom ring

That reality T.V. show bubble you live in has gotten real in ways you didn’t anticipate. You can’t change the lighting or leave what’s unflattering for you on the cutting room floor. You have to own it 100%. Every word that comes out of your mouth, every tweet and every action committed by you or anyone acting in or invoking your name. The buck stops with you. Be the leader of the free world, not one bound by autocracy, bigotry and misogyny.

Let freedom ring

Surround yourself with people who are wise, experienced, not seeking their own agenda, compassionate and level-headed. Your first few choices have been the antithesis of creating and contributing to the unification of our great nation, but you still have time to turn it around. People that won’t just say yes, but will challenge you with truth and to do what is right for all of the people in this great nation, not just factions.

Your only mandate is to be fair and work towards the interests of the entire nation, the people that make up this beautiful melting pot that Lady Liberty stands watch for through the darkest night and fiercest storm. This melting pot, seasoned with the diversity of its people, making it a rich, hearty stew.

Let freedom ring  

Who Do We Want to Be?

I’m glad the presidential campaign and election is over because it has been mentally and emotionally stressful and draining. Jaw-dropping and epically horrific to watch and experience is an understatement. On all sides. As a woman, and one of color, the rhetoric and actions of this election cycle have been disturbing and troubling. What comforts and gives me hope in times of uncertainty is remembering and knowing my sustainability is not found in man; it’s found in God.

 With that said, I certainly understand, feel and don’t trivialize the fear, dismay and anger by some of my countrymen. For those of us who exercised our right to vote, there is either jubilant astonishment or utter disbelief and outrage. We can’t stay here. What has to happen now goes beyond mending fences; we have to repair the breach and close the chasm caused by this election cycle. For those feeling like they’re holding on to the edge of the cliff, we need to extend a hand to pull them up so they can stand on solid ground. No matter how our opinions differ, we have to respectfully recognize the value in each other.

 The words spoken by the president-elect during his acceptance speech were gracious. The real test will be if those words translate and bear out to consistent action. My prayer for him is that he would have the wisdom, will, desire and compassion for the people of this nation and around the world and let that be the motivation behind his actions. Who do we want to be? The world is watching.