It's Not Over Yet: Lessons From The American Election

Shock, disbelief and rage pretty much sum up the highlight of my week, mores with the outcome of the US election. I won't pretend to care much for the electoral process, but the ramifications of this particular one could not be ignored. The campaign trail was murky and muddy and left a bad taste in my mouth on many occasions.

Wednesday was a very tough day. My soul literally broke down and I felt a heaviness and tightness in my chest.  I was massively disappointed that 58 million plus Americans believed in their hearts that Trump is the best man for the job and opted to elect him President.

It's been difficult to swallow- because even though apparently, Trump is not my President, his election has called into question what I believe about humanity.  Obviously it hasn't been an easy one but on further introspection, I understand that there is some good to be seen from this particular outcome:

1| Choices Have Consequences

The American people have spoken. It probably seems like a sham until it is not.  At the end of the day, the US has to live with the results of its actions. Only time will reveal the true extent of this choice but it is one they will have to live with. The saving grace is that at least the US has some checks and balances in place to help safeguard their rights and freedom.

Similarly, we can predict our own future by creating it. And we create through the choices we make.  {tweet this}

This will always serve as a big reminder to choose only those things that I wish to experience in my own life. 

And when you get dealt a heavy blow or unexpected outcome, ask yourself which choice you made.

2| Assumptions Are Dangerous

I {speaking on my own behalf} paid attention to the pollsters. Clearly they were so off mark. .

I assumed that most people are sensible, conscious men and women who would make the right choice. I was wrong.

I assumed that the women would vote HRC because, well, she is a woman. I was wrong.

The Democrats assumed that they had their strongholds secure. They were wrong.

The antidote to  assumptions is paying attention to the detail. The small parts. The bits that everyone chooses to ignore. The words unspoken.

The devil is in the detail.

3| Anything Is Possible 

Surely if Donald Trump can become President elect in the most unlikely of circumstances, anything is possible. Yes, it was a calculated move- pouring in millions of dollars into his campaign, a grueling 17 months of inflammatory remarks but at the end of the day, you got to hand it over to Donald- his tenacity in the face of adversity and threats of being disowned paid off.

In his own way he showed that his dreams are just as valid as anyone else's.

If nothing else, set your sights to the highest standard and work like a bull dog to get there. Its bound to produce results.

4|The Work Has Only Just Began

I am scared...scared for the children, scared for those who dare to be different, scared for people with varying opinions from my own, scared for the future of the world.

But at the end of the day, this is something bigger than my fear. 

It is only through the cracks of darkness that the rays of light can be allowed to gleam through. {tweet this}

The call was loud and clear. We are being asked to shed our old skin and stop burying our heads in the sand.

This is about what you and I, in our respective spaces, can contribute to the betterment of world consciousness.

It is about what you and I can do to grow and evolve beyond the drama of ego and fear and confusion.

The work has only just began.

A Word For Women

HRC carried on her shoulders the burden of womanhood and femininity. We expected her to prove to the rest of us and show up as an example of what hard work and credentials and opportunity looks like.

One of the questions I kept coming back to was whether the Free World was really ready for a female President and whether HRC the perfect definition of female leadership. I constantly asked myself just how much change the US {and by extension the rest of the world} could manage, hot on the heels of 8 years with Barrack Obama at the helm of the Presidency.

Many women I know felt that all their hopes and dreams of breaking through the glass ceiling had been shattered but as HRC herself tweeted : " To all the little girls watching...never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world."

I feel we still have a long way to go in terms of women supporting women, but now is the time to step up.

Now is the time to get to work at spreading positivity, possibility, hope and healing in the world order.


Your Turn:

What do you feel about Trump being US President elect?

Did the US election elicit some emotions in you? Did it bring any insight and reflections?

Let me know in the comments below.