Archive | November, 2016

What will we do, now that Trump is President???????

9 Nov

This is something I’m hearing despairing people say a lot, the day after the election. Some people voted for Trump because they agree with him, a lot or a little. Some people voted for him because they didn’t want to vote for Hillary Clinton. And some people voted for him to make a statement, assuming he wouldn’t win. And voila, here he is, President Elect of the United States of America.

So, what will we do now? Personally, I’m going to redouble my efforts- not to incite revolution, or say things that put ‘those Trump voters’ in their place- but rather to practice the principles that I hold dear. Let’s face it, it’s time for a revolution of kindness here in the grassroots arena! A revolution of kindness; love; truly listening to each other, even when we disagree; seeking to understand the other person. A revolution of being kind to ourselves, recognizing our feelings when they come up, and taking responsibility for them without using other people as a target for our anger.

What were some of the comments Trump made, that made your blood boil? Was it his misogynist comments, or his comments about muslims? How about his wish to build a wall to keep out ‘bad hombres’ from Mexico? It could have been how he incited his supporters to violence, or his disregard for what you consider sound environmental policy.

What do you believe is important in life? Is it the Golden Rule? Is it based in your religion, your life philosophy, how you were raised?  What gives you joy?

Ok, then- this is the time to put your principles into practice! Wherever you may be, do something to counteract a Trumpism. Volunteer at a women’s shelter. Read the Q’ran, and learn something about Islam. Volunteer to teach English as a Second Language to a person from Mexico. Join a Dances of Universal Peace group, and learn to express yourself peacefully! Support Environment Colorado, or some other environmental group. Take the negative behavior Trump exhibits, and use it as a ‘mindfulness bell’, as the Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh would say: every time Trump says something awful, there is the bell telling you to act in a positive way to benefit your society!

A Zen master visiting New York City goes up to a hot dog vendor and says, “Make me one with everything.”
The hot dog vendor fixes a hot dog and hands it to the Zen master, who pays with a $20 bill.
The vendor puts the bill in the cash box and closes it. “Excuse me, but where’s my change?” asks the Zen master.
The vendor responds, “Change must come from within.”

The hot dog vendor is right- change does come from within. Your kind thoughts, words and actions do have a positive effect on those around you, and on yourself. Change your society for the better through serving it. As the great Indian poet and writer Rabindranath Tagore said:

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”