I am deeply shocked this morning that Donald Trump is going to be the next American president. My heart is very heavy that many voted out of fear and hatred of others. I fear for Muslims and others in America and around the world. I deeply worry about the ramifications to society and the environment. I hope with all my heart I am wrong.
In each ugly moment in life, there is also beauty and light. As I am writing this, I am very much aware that I do not connect with that beauty at the moment, but I know I will soon. It feels so overwhelming first Brexit and now this - all which has been lead by fear.
What can we learn from this? I don't have many answers, but I know my heart will find the way. When we close our hearts out of fear and hatred, we live by fear and judgement of others and ourselves. We must remember to learn how to open our hearts to love, kindness and compassion. To treat others regardless of nationality, religion or culture as one of our brothers and sisters of the world.
Maybe the light in this is that will learn how to come together as a community - to love and support one another. To let love grow stronger than hatred and fear. To stop being a bystander in life. To stop expecting people in power and government to give us the answers all the time and to tell us what to do. To find our voices in this world to speak out against hatred and allow this love to be seen.
The world does need us to get caught up in fear, stress and anxiety. It needs us to create change. That change starts with each person. As Gandhi said - be the change you want to see in the world. Lead with love and integrity.
Will you join me?