Taking Steps to Move Forward

by Michelle on November 8, 2012

As I started my own journey in redesigning my life and creating my own freedom, I have had a lot of time this past year and a half to reflect on these words: “For things to change, you have to change.” I whole-heartedly agree, and personal development has been a big part of my personal change, especially over the past year and a half.

Now, on the flip side of an election that certainly showed how divided our country is (and angrily, I might add), it feels no better time than the present to talk about how we can make improvements – how I can make improvements. I am nervous for the direction our country is going, not because of who is leading it but because of how we are acting toward each other because of it. It is a symptom of a larger issue, but I know relieving it begins with me.

On election night, it hit me even more that I do want to make a difference.  As soon as I found out who won, I kissed my baby girl while she was dreaming, sweet little coos echoing through her room, and I thought to myself, ‘I sure hope this country gets its act together so that by the time she votes, she votes in a much more unified America.’  I might never forget that moment. 

UNITED? States of America

United. Seems like an odd word right now, as I feel we are becoming less and less united and more and more divided. I love that our country is filled with democrats and republicans and everything in between. It’s the balance that has kept us ahead of the curve as the country.  We are not all going to agree merely because we all have different moral compasses, but that doesn’t mean we should treat our own people like an enemy and unleash disrespect toward each other.   

Watching the election results come in on Tuesday night was like watching a football rivalry. Reading my Facebook and Twitter newsfeeds was like being surrounded by poor sportsmanship. And the day after the election was like a bad hangover. I witnessed mass amounts of disrespect toward each other coming from every side, emitting spiteful words and some gloating on victory as if they had just won the championship over the underdog.  My “favorite” displays were people trying to be constructively critical of these people but were yet still somehow exuding the exact same pompousness, disrespect, or hatefulness as those they were critiquing.

How Do We Know Who is ‘Right’ Anyway? 

Politics can certainly bring out the worst in people – but that doesn’t mean that one person is right over another, nor does it mean that one particular group is filled with hate and another wants free handouts for all.  So we don’t see eye-to-eye.  Is that such a bad thing?  Aren’t the differences in us what makes us one of the best countries to live in – but when used to collaborate and become stronger rather than tear each other down? 

I see a lot of posts about “moving forward” – so let’s do this. Collectively, as the UNITED States of AMERICA, let’s do this.

To be continued in my next post, “How to Initiate the Change You Want to See.”

“Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you’ll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.”

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” 

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