I am not big into politics. I believe the news that reaches us, like many other issues we face as Americans, is paid for. It’s not “truth”. If you want “truth”, you need to be in the same room as what’s going on, you need to be an active participant. Even then, the “truth” you seek is slanted by your own perspective, therefore what may be “truth” to you can be different from someone else’s “truth”. I believe it’s a relative term.
As I write this, my house is just settling down for the night. Our nation is breathlessly watching the votes come in, yet my TV is not on. We completed our civic duty as a family, which made me happy, however I am surprised at how this election is physically affecting me. I literally want to throw up, and I’m surprised by this. I’m usually fine with leaving “those who know better” to do their job, while I do what I’m good at. But not today.
If you compare our country’s age to other countries around the world, America is just a child, and like every parent knows- some lessons are learned the hard way. No matter who wins tomorrow, I believe there’s a lesson here that our country needs to learn. Time will tell, of course, and I can only hope that we eventually pull out of the lesson unscathed. We shall see.
In the meantime, I’m going to stick with my “truth”, the piece that I “know better”. I’m going to continue to provide for my family, I’m going to continue to support the families in my care, and I’m going to continue to teach the next generation how to be the best they can be. These are the things that I know I’m good at, and these are the contributions to our society that I am proud of. I believe most of those around me feel the same way, regardless of who they voted for today. If we all stick to our “truth”, maybe the lessons we’re facing won’t be so painful, and the next generations of voters will be able to pick up the pieces.
Congratulations to the new President of the United States. xo