What To Do Now... Love

I fell asleep last night before the results came in. I knew I needed to fall asleep before if I was going to get any sleep at all. I also have been saying for the past few weeks to everyone around me not only that I could handle whatever outcome came from the election, but that they also don't need to panic. People generally have good hearts and we don't need to live in fear.

When I saw the news this morning I was in shock. I didn't think it was going to hurt as much as it did. I laid in bed for 45 minutes and I cried for probably a good 15 minutes. I didn't cry because "I lost", I was going to lose regardless of who was elected. I cried because I began thinking of all of the people who are going to have their lives permanently and negatively impacted by this result.

Then I remembered... that was going to happen regardless of who became elected. The fight wasn't going to be over with one presidential election. In fact, I would argue, the fight can finally begin. Think of how many people woke up this morning with a similar story to mine. When I was driving to work I pulled up next to a man weeping in his car. If this outcome didn't happen, I truly don't believe there would be enough outrage for any sort of action to take place against the establishment.

So now it's time to fight. And no, I do not mean go get your musket and lets start the second American revolution. That will never work, the government has drones now and we don't stand a chance. With this fight we need to pull out every resource we have with one focus, love.

Stay with me here. Whether you supported Trump or Sanders or Stein or Johnson they all had one thing in common, they wanted to take on the establishment. Regardless of who you voted for, that is one thing we all had in common, one thing we can all get behind. If you want this country to be a country filled with love and solidarity then you need to be the change you wish to see. You need to love everyone in your community, including those who may disagree with you. You cannot fight hate with hate and win. You cannot fight hate with force and win. The only way to defeat hate is with love. And that is how we are going to get through this. That is how we are going to win.

So many people say they're so upset that hate won. It triumphed last night and now they're terrified. Well I hate to break it to you, but the hate started a long time ago, and this election gave it a megaphone ON BOTH SIDES. If you deleted friends because you couldn't stand their political posts, you took part in the hate. If you said "I cannot be friends with a Trump/Clinton supporter" you took part in the hate. If you thought that Trump was going to be the reason why this country was going to be filled with hate, you forgot to look in the mirror.

This country is going to be filled with hate because we are going to fail to drown out the hate speech with love. The only way we can win this war against hate, against the current establishment, and against the status quo is if we all come together and love in solidarity. From now on, everything you say and everything you do needs to be coming from a place of love or do not say it and do not do it or the enemy will win.

I now realize it wasn't the election result that had me crying this morning, it's the divide I now feel in my community and in this country. So go and love your enemies and start the love revolution with me. And to everyone who is afraid I'm asking you to trust us and to join us, we will not let hate win. Straighten up soldier... there's work to be done.

Have enough courage to trust love one more time. And always one more time. - Maya Angelou