LOVE > HATE

I thought this was it. We, as women, finally did it. We conquered that glass ceiling that’s been hanging over our heads for centuries. I’m still trying to decipher my emotions today. I cried when I checked my phone this morning. I cried at work this afternoon AND on the subway during rush hour (EMBARRASSING!!!!). I kept asking myself, “Why is this happening?” “I can’t believe this is my country.” I was confused, disheartened and angry.

Then, Unstoppable by Sia came on my Pandora. The verse,

 

“I put my armor on, show you how strong I am,”

 

repeats throughout the song. Instead of tears running down my cheek, I started to smile. I realized this is why I do what I do. Now, more than ever, we need to come together. I can’t believe I thought our work was done. It’ll never be done. We will continue to show up, evolve and progress.

This is not a time to create more divide in our country. It’s not an “us vs. them” situation. It’s a wake-up call. We need to practice more love, love for all people. Deleting people from Facebook, holding anti rallies and burning our flag are NOT the answer. We were just hit with the huge reality that even though we’ve come so far, our country is not as progressive in some areas as we thought. This change is not the one we expected. But, we all know the universe works in mysterious ways. Now is the time to get to work. And work harder than we EVER have before. We cannot allow today to stop us in our tracks.

One of my favorites, Mama Gena, posted, “First, we must grieve this loss. And then, we take the next step and the next step and the next – in our own expression of feminine leadership. There is no woman standing for us at the top holding the door open. It’s up to each of us to hold the door open for one another.”

Even though a woman was not elected president, we still made history. What woman has ever made it this far?! This only opens the door for other women to go even further.

I’m going to sleep tonight more energized than ever. We as women still have more work to do and I’m ready to be a part of that change.

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