Not really political, just a gift
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Sometimes the gifts from our children touch us. Below is what My son posted on Facebook yesterday. I am touched, humbled and proud.
I've been avoiding FB the last 18 hours or so and think I will probably take a fb holiday for the next few days as well. But I wanted to put this out there:
I'm scared, disappointed and unbelievably upset by the election results. As the father of a multiracial daughter I'm so worried about how she will be perceived and treated in a Trump America. I worry that we have lost our moral and ethical compass as a nation and given into our basest instincts and fears rather than conquer our challenges together as a nation.
So, yes, I'm worried. Yes I'm scared for my family and my friends who don't have the ultimate privilege that I do - being a white man in America. But I still believe in my very soul that America already is great. We have overcome amazing hardship, made tremendous sacrifices, achieved things other nations would never dream of. We are exceptional because of who we are and the fundamental truths we believe in - freedom, democracy, innovation and that we can achieve whatever we put our collective minds to. I'm not willing to dismiss those ideals on the basis of a single election.
Maybe the sky is falling. Maybe it isn't. All we can do is live our lives to our fullest potential and continue to be exceptional in what we do. So I'm going to give the media and the social networking a bit of a rest and focus on those things around me that I can control, that I can draw near to me to comfort and derive comfort from. Today, and each day hereafter, I'm going to try to simply be a better person than I was the day before. A better husband to my wife. A better father to my daughter. A better step-father to my stepson. A better son to my parents. A better brother to my sister. A better colleague to my co-workers. A better friend to those who will have me as theirs. A better stranger to the person on the street I've never met. This is what I'm going to do. This is my protest against hate, demagoguery, and bile. I hope you will join me on this journey. We will all emerge better for it.