Whoa, it’s been quite the day hasn’t it? Since I work in digital marketing, I spend a lot of my time online (social media channels in particular) and I’ve seen it all today. I have friends on both sides of the coin; I have friends in all generations, religious beliefs, races and many in the LGBTQ community. I see a large breadth of emotions ranging from disappointment to confusion all the way to determination and optimism. Yes, I did vote – and no, I am not going to elaborate on my decisions because they are mine. BUT, I am going to say that I honestly love and respect each of you who are my friends. I am open to your opinions and feelings and I empathize with each and every one of you. This election was HARD. It was hard on all of us, I’ve seen families torn apart by differing opinions and I’ve seen a lot of really horrible things said. My message for today is one of hope and courage. It’s time to come together as a country and try to move in a positive direction, by listening to one other, treating each and every person with the respect and human decency they deserve. Live by the Golden Rule.
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Matt. 7:12)
I was raised in a faith-based household and religion played a big part of my upbringing. The Golden Rule lived and ruled in our house, and was instilled in me by my parents, grandparents and extended family. Everyone is different, and that’s what makes us incredible. We each have a special purpose here on this Earth and can make a positive impact if we put our minds to it. So my humble opinion is this: live by this rule – respect one another’s choices and opinions, respect when someone is hurting or confused, do not mock or talk badly about others. We are all neighbors here on Earth for such a short time, so why with the hate?
Casey and I plan on raising our son with the same values that our parents instilled in us. We plan to teach him to treat others in a way that he would like to be treated. To respect his elders, to learn what courtesy is, to respect women, people of all races and beliefs, people who are different than he is. We will teach him to work hard for what he has and wants to have, to better himself when he has opportunities, and learn how to use the talents that God has given him in the most productive way. We will also teach him to love his country, for it really is the most amazing place to live and we are so lucky to be Americans.
So, today and going forward I am choosing love. I’m going to love my neighbors, my friends and my family, and that’s it. I hope all the people who are hurting will start to heal, and I am sending love and prayers from my little corner of the Internet. I’m praying for you, and me, and our country. Let’s all choose love.