Whatever you focus on is what you’ll get.
I have a number of liberal friends and I recognize that there are millions of people I don’t know who are liberal, progressives or whatever other left-describing label they prefer. Many of them are studying Donald Trump and seizing on every negative thing they can find to “prove” that terrible things are going to happen when the President-elect takes office.
They are so eager to see the sky fall on all of us because of one man that they’re doing things like quoting half of a sentence from Reince Priebus (designed to make it look like Trump intends to set up a Muslim registry—he doesn’t) or sending 50 to 70 “reporters” to cover a gathering of 200 or so extremists whose views Trump doesn’t share.
For every liberal who points to a white supremacist group that supports Trump (conveniently omitting that Trump has disavowed and rejected those endorsements), a conservative can point to an equally radical group such as Black Lives Matter that is actually supported by Barack Obama. And the next thing you know, everyone’s rolling in the mud.
I can assure you that bad things will happen after President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in—just like bad things have been happening in this world since it was created. But a lot of good things are going to happen, too.
For those of you who are wringing your hands and crying about what you’re going to tell your children, I suggest you start with this: Our world isn’t perfect. Human beings are flawed. Evil exists, but so does monumental good.
Let’s focus on the good.
This isn’t another “suck it up, buttercup” message to the 60+ million people who voted for Hillary Clinton. But the reality is that Donald Trump has won the election and he is going to be our president.
With that said, I will also note that I have seen references to “Trump’s America”—there is no such thing. We are the United States of America, period, no matter who holds the office of president. As a nation, we are stronger than any single individual, even a president.
You had a choice when you voted and now you have another choice: You can choose to be frightened and miserable or you can choose to be confident and optimistic.
Will President Trump do things you don’t like? Of course he will—just as Barack Obama did a whole bunch of things conservatives didn’t like. I can’t speak for every conservative, but when those things happened, I chose to not let them send me into a tailspin of tears and depression. I dealt with it and focused on the good things in my life.
Should we all keep fighting for what we believe in? Absolutely. We should do that no matter who occupies the White House. That we can is the beauty of our country and system of government.
Pollyanna gets a bad rap, but, really, what is wrong with focusing on the positive?
Most of the time, we get what we expect. And I’m expecting an abundance of good.
Your turn. Please share your thoughts below.
She is the author of Words to Work By: 31 devotions for the workplace based on the Book of Proverbs and Finding Joy in the Morning: You can make it through the night. She is also the co-creator of several coloring books for adults.
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