The dreadful election for the President of the United States of America has finally culminated. As expected, an elected head of state of this wonderful country will start his duties shortly after the arrival of the New Year. The presidency journey has been challenging, divided and controversial from both candidates. Despite of what has happened up to this point, this is indeed our reality for the next four years.
As I think of ways to cope with new beginnings, I am reminded of the paradox of change. Change is difficult, but at the same time change may also open up many opportunities that we must embrace in order to move forward.
It is not about winners and losers since that mentality overshadows the realities that we currently face in our country. It is about taking a stand for what you believe and follow through because it is the right thing to do.
It is all about attitude; it is about constantly thinking and re-thinking our possibilities and being agents of our own destinies.
We will define who we are, what we do , and together we will continue tell our own stories and struggles in our journeys towards social justice.
Winners or losers will not define our future, our actions and attitude will.
Recently i had the opportunity as many of my fellow North Americans to listen to the President of the United States addressing the nation on immigration orders. As i read the twitter and Facebook feeds from the White House i was physically sick to see the posts and lack of respect towards our president. I wandered if we had a different president, if we would be the same responses? Perhaps the answer would be yes! But the most interesting thing of this day, was to note the intense and ingrained discomfort and racism by many fellow citizens. This trend is not new, in fact, it has happened to many before it became normalized and accepted. Don’t believe me ask my Native American friends, European Friends that left their homelands because of religion persecution, or how about my Black and African American or Japanese Friends. It all sounds too familiar! Does it?
The new kids in the block are now here and are here to stay. The kids came to get what was taken away over 180 years ago. Their lands, dreams, and a eloquent and vibrant cultural legacy that we can certainly learn a lot of from. I leave you in the wise words of a popular Mexican Proverb, “ They tried to bury us. They did not know we were seeds”(Author Unknown).