It’s been a week that has challenged many of my assumptions about life.
We stayed glued to the TV as the results unfolded. Our living room swung from breath taking silence to a cacophony of questions from the kids. Mostly along the lines of ‘who actually votes for someone like Donald Trump, will he start a war, what does this mean for us, what happens to all those people in America who aren’t white….imagine what they’re feeling?’
After a couple of days letting it all swirl around, listening to the ‘global feedback’ and reading the blogs and thoughts of many people I admire in business and life I was left questioning myself about what this means for me and for us as a family.
As we have continued to discuss Trump’s election as President of the United States, we have talked about where our sphere of influence lies and what we can consciously and intentionally choose to do on an everyday basis.
We have talked about living the values that we believe in as members of this global family. We have talked about being kind, inclusive, respectful, compassionate, passionate, heart centered people in all of the places we show up every day. That means in our home, at school, the sporting field, in business, in friendships, at the supermarket – everywhere, every day.
‘Treat others as you wish to be treated’ is a mantra at our place.
We have also talked about what this has meant for Hilary. I was blown away by the kids compassion for her situation. Not only to lose but to lose to Trump.
Hilary so beautifully reminded us in her concession speech of what it means to fight for your dreams.
“I have spent my entire adult life fighting for what I believe in. I’ve had successes and I’ve had setbacks. Sometimes, really painful ones. […] You will have successes and setbacks too. This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.”
I often wonder when I will get used to the perfect timing of things.
This message has landed with me in a week when I needed to be reminded of this message the most.
I have lost my way recently. Full of doubt and insecurity about my message and questioning ‘who am I to speak about Freedom?’ ‘Who am I to try and bring my story and my message to the arena that is already very full with very competent and accomplished voices?’
This week has reminded me that every dream is worth the fight. My dreams and your dreams are worth picking ourselves up for again and again.
I have been reminded that it is not in the perfection of the delivery of the message that counts, it’s in the showing up. Thank you Kate Northrup.
The world needs every single one of our lights turned on because darkness cannot exist in the light.
You doing your work for your dream is like turning on a light. When we are doing what makes us feel alive, expanded and juiced, that is pure light in the world and the world needs more of us with our lights on than ever before.
What’s your dream?
My dream is to continue to sink into this freedom feeling. To continue to explore what it means to live by letting go, surrendering and trusting knowing there is a far greater plan at play than anything I can imagine. My dream is to encourage others to tap into what freedom means for them and cheer them on as they make the choices every day to live by that.
It doesn’t matter who our Prime Minister is or who is President of the United States of America. We can all choose to be kind, to be loving, to be inclusive and we can most certainly all choose to turn our lights on and fight for our dreams.
What’s your dream? Is your light turned on? Is there something you know you need to do to shine that little bit brighter? Drop a line in the comments. Thanks for being here and please share if that feels right.
"What I now know to be true is that the key to creating freedom is accessing choice and the way to create more choices is to have more of the resources that allow choice, namely time and money."