Be The Change You Want To See In The World
It was Friday January 20th. I was on my lunch break at work just casually scrolling through my newsfeed on Facebook and enjoying a nice sandwich. I noticed a live feed of the Presidential Inauguration from Fox News. Number 44 (President Obama) and Vice President Biden were walking towards the double doors to the West Front of the U.S. Capital building. They were respectfully saluted by a couple of soldiers. The doors opened and they proceeded to walk down the stairs to join the former living presidents and their spouses. President Obama, being kind as he is, welcomed the new first family. Then trumpets and drums sounded their fanfare for all to hear. Someone very important is about to be introduced for the first time to the American people. At those same double doors that President Obama and Vice President Biden exited, this tall man with a bronzed face, squinted eyes, and pursed lips was being escorted down the stairs to be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.
No. I couldn't continue watching it. It wasn't primarily because I would be using up all my data on my phone. It was fear and disgust. I felt like my worst nightmare was about to come true. It was like the years and centuries of work and progress that woman, people of different backgrounds, etc. achieved were about to become undone. But we live in a democracy. The majority rules. In four years we can vote him out. That's the beauty of living in a "free" country. Right? But what if the majority is like......him........?
As I have said in my past blog posts, I am the kind of person that when I see something I don't like I change it. But I can't change the current circumstances. I can't change what has been done. I can't change people's thoughts and words. I'd be killing myself by preaching words of change (even if it is positive). Words that probably wouldn't mean anything to people. Words mean nothing. Now, action on the other hand.......
One of the Golden Rules, that everyone should live by, is treat others the way you would want to be treated. How about treat yourself the way you would want others to treat you? You cannot change the world without first working on yourself. Be present with yourself. Treat yourself with tender loving care. Spread your love and kindness, that you give yourself, through the things that you are most passionate about. With me, that would be my writing, my love animals, veganism, the preservation of nature, my family's history, and my beloved Aquidneck Island where my ancestors helped discover by becoming some of the first settlers.
Remember, your passionate actions will inspire others to spread their love and kindness and in turn change the world.