Like millions of Americans, I watched the Inauguration over the weekend. It was an emotional weekend for people. The Inauguration of President Trump brought celebrations, cheering, excitement, relief and elation for millions of Americans that voted for him. There were endless parties, balls and galas all over the country.
For millions of other Americans, the Inauguration was a weekend of discouragement, dread, exasperation and demonstrating through the streets.
Personally, I voted for Donald Trump and I’m looking forward to seeing the changes he produces during his term. The last eight years of the Obama Administration were challenging for me and I hardly agreed with anything he did. I won’t miss his executive pen, his apology tours, his disdain for Israel or his passive/aggressive behavior toward Christians.
Yet, as much as I disagreed with him and his administration, I always prayed for his protection, safety, and wisdom. I also prayed for his family, Vice President Biden and the entire administration. I truly always wanted him to lead well, and I realize millions of Americans believe he did. I didn’t approve of his policies or his rhetoric, but I regularly lifted him up in my prayer time.
For two election cycles, I was part of the losing team. My voting block lost- and we had to endure two terms of a Presidency we didn’t want and weren’t excited about. Many times, I too felt exasperated and discouraged. But, so what? Isn’t that life? Honestly, I don’t know any team or group of people that wins non-stop, every single time. Do you? As voting adults it’s necessary to be able to lose gracefully. Losing can help build character. It gives us cause for re-evaluation, adjustment, and learning. Losing isn’t always a bad thing, if you are humble enough to turn it into a positive thing in your life…
I know many people that participated in the Women’s March over the weekend. Honestly, the people I know, would never contribute to smashing in windows or lighting trash cans on fire. Nor would they destroy businesses and burn cars. The people that do those things are lawless rioters, not peaceful demonstrators.
The Women I know who took part have jobs, work hard and are kind, loving people. I don’t have to have the same beliefs they do on issues. I can truly say I’m glad we live in a free country where women can use their voices freely. I also know these same women don’t agree with many of my beliefs, yet they’d support my right to march as well. For example, I would march in a pro-life rally. I am 100% pro-life and that’s an important issue to me.
Losing gracefully is a sign of maturity. One of the things that stood out to me this weekend was that Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton both quietly and gracefully attended the Inauguration ceremony. They didn’t act like the other democratic representatives (more than 60) who refused to attend and were sore losers. Instead, both Clinton and Sanders, smiled, greeted people and watched both Mike Pence and Donald Trump take their oaths. That couldn’t have been easy for either one of them. They both put everything they had into running their races. Sitting through the Inauguration must have been very difficult. But they successfully endeavored to put smiles on their faces.
Not only that, but both Clinton and Sanders went to the luncheon for law makers after the ceremony. President Trump appropriately and openly thanked Hillary Clinton for attending and asked her to stand while he applauded her. I commend both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton for going. They set a good example and respected the process of peaceful transition. Those that voted for either of them should do the same. President Trump did the right thing by acknowledging Hillary Clinton’s attendance and praising her for it, and those that voted for Trump should also be a good example.
If you voted,- you are either on one side or the other right now….Whether you are celebrating this new administration, or feeling discouraged and angry about it….One thing is certain, the election is finished. It is over. We have a new President. Be graceful to one another. Be kind. Keep calm and carry on…