Living What I Believe

Just before President Trump was sworn into office I wrote a blog.  In the blog I quoted President George H.W. Bush in his letter to then in-coming President Bill Clinton "You will be our President when you read this note. I wish you well. I wish your family well. Your success is now our country’s success. I am rooting hard for you.At the end of the blog I wrote "So, with President Bush's words in mind, I will be rooting for President Trump because his success is our countries success and after all is said and done I believe I live in the best country in the world and I want only the best for this our United States of America. Although, I do have a wish that President elect Trump read and take to heart the words of President Theodore Roosevelt. "The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.".

I have been trying since November 8 to take the high road.  To hear the words of President Bush and appreciate our election system.  However, I don't know that I can do that anymore.  President Trump's environmental decisions were weighing hard on me and I knew that I was close to plummeting off the high road but his latest actions toward Muslim people have knocked me off my teetering beam. Discrimination in any way appalls me. I am saddened that we are showing the world that we are not the country we once were.  That the words on the Statue of Liberty are just words and do not represent our actions.   

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”
”Send me these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
— The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus

I can truly say I am sickened by who we are becoming.  I still see kindness all around me but I also see hate and anger.  I see disregard for humanity over race, religion, sexual preference and gender. 

I am grateful for the many people I see coming to the defense of those being persecuted.  I am now hopeful for people like myself, people who have sat back quietly waiting for things to adjust by themselves.  These people myself included may now stand up and speak out for the rights of others and the rights of our planet.  We may begin to live what we believe and we may just possibly make a difference.  And if we do so peacefully, allowing conversations to take place and airing our opinions explaining what we believe to help those who feel differently and for us to hear them and their opinions a difference can happen.  But if it becomes a shouting match with no one listening then the problem stays right were it started.  And more importantly if we do what we believe and nothing happens we can still sleep well knowing that we are living out our lives authentically.  Living what we believe is so much more than words it is our actions.  And for me it is finally time to take action and truly Live What I Believe.

God Bless all of You and God Bless America!

Grace, Peace & Healthy Living,