Hope in the Age of Trump

Chicken Little is famous for thinking the world was about to end. Chicken Little would exclaim to all the animals she could find, “the sky is falling – the sky is falling!” An acorn had fallen onto Chicken Little’s head and that’s why she thought the sky was falling. And though Chicken Little’s fate did not end well (she was lured into the den of Foxey Loxey), the sky never fell.

When Donald Trump became president, I was in complete and utter disbelief. I said to myself, “this can’t be good.” Scandals began almost immediately. As in past presidential elections, and though the winner may not have been the one I voted for, I always want their presidency to benefit our country and the world. But as the Trump administration has “progressed,” I began to be more fearful almost daily. I thought of Chicken Little and asked myself, “is the sky falling?” Fear was settling in. This was a new kind of fear that I haven’t felt before. The fear is of our once great nation losing it’s “high-ground” on the world’s stage. Losing it’s “moral” standing in the world. I then asked myself, “what’s my responsibility as a citizen of this nation?” I decided to counteract the fear of the sky falling by recommitting myself to spread hope and happiness in our world.

There are many ways one spread hope and happiness, but the one thing I know for sure, is that to spread hope and happiness your own house needs to be in order – you need to be hopeful and happy yourself. So, a couple of weeks ago I did a hope and happiness check of myself. Am I ready to be an agent of change, a beacon of hope, an example of living a good life and writing my own story? I am! There are several things I do daily to be a force for good in my community. Once I’ve had my morning coffee and a shower, I get into a gratitude state of mind. It’s starts with being grateful for my morning cup of coffee and the hot shower I just enjoyed. Then I think about my car, my home, and what this new day will present. As I step out my front door and go courageously out into the world, I start looking for ways to do random acts of kindness; and let me tell you, when you go out into the world full of gratitude and looking for ways to be kind to people (animals too!), you are almost certain to have a wonderful day!

I encourage you to try this and see if it makes a difference in your life. These are but just a few of what I do to spread hope and happiness in the age of Trump.

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