Am I disappointed at the people’s choice to elect Donald J. Trump to the American Presidency? Very much so!
Will I hit the streets in protest, tip over a police car, burn a shirt? Of course not!
And neither should you!
We had an election. Now we have transition of power in a way few countries enjoy. When President-elect Trump is inaugurated in January of 2017, he will become our main man.
What I’m grateful for today is that our main-man-to-be already has reached out to his detractors and his supporters for their help and understanding as he learns the ropes, so to speak, and our power people who lost in the election immediately congratulated him and offered him well wishes. President Obama met with President-elect Trump today and later referred to the meeting as “excellent.”
It’s what we do in America. We come together for the benefit of our Democracy and its survival. That’s a lot for which to be thankful! When you’re disappointed, thank your lucky stars for your benefits!
Today, especially, and always, I’m grateful for The Vote! Are you?
It’s a very important day in America. Although I’m certain the majority of voting Americans will be happy to see this Presidential campaign, one of the nastiest in our history, draw to a close as we enjoy the traditional peaceful transition of power in Washington, D.C., I’m also confident that the majority of Americans are going today to their polling places with love of country in their hearts.
Get out and vote! The privilege of voting is part of what makes our United States of America great!
Were 1800 authors better and more informed believers than those we encounter in today’s complicated technology-driven world?
I believe they might have been, for they still are quoted in the new millennium when a slowing down of frantic pace and a retake on thoughtfulness are capable of easing our tension.
What is gratefulness?
Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933) saw many changes in his lifetime, but is still quoted thusly in the 21st Century:
“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.”
I am grateful today for the wisdom of 1800 authors who saw humankind for its true frailty and didn’t hesitate to try to help shape it into an acceptable and forgiving form.