Whenever I visit the internet these days, I see our shared pain, fear, anger, confusion. We are all trying to make sense of this election and its aftermath. If it helps at all, I want you to remember that good people have come before us. Their lives provide paths that we can follow. These are their words, not mine:
You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. We need not wait to see what others do. Be the change you wish to see in the world. Restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love. The planet does not need more successful people. The planet needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of all kind. Love your neighbor as you love yourself. Include the excluded and preach peace. Raise up your voice – not to shout but so that those without a voice can be heard. Our primary purpose in life is to help others. If you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind. In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is his best teacher. Love your enemy. If you want to make peace with your enemy, work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner. The way to change other’s minds is with affection, not anger. After climbing that great hill, you will find that there are many more hills to climb. Strength will not come from your physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. There is darkness everywhere. And a few points of light. If there is no plan, no destiny, no providence, then what is left? Nothing but your choices. Give off light, or darkness. Be a candle, or the night. But choose. Your life is your message.