After this year's election I promised to keep you apprised of the things that were making me feel good and hopeful after what we'll just call a terrible election season. I've been staying away from sharing a lot of news, mostly because I still find it pretty overwhelming but also because I have been busier than expected lo these past couple months (job hunting, I got engaged!, etc). I did want to leave 2016 with you guys on a positive note though so that we can look forward together optimistically to the New Year. So while you enjoy your holiday however you plan to spend it (ours will be on the couch eating Chinese food, because we live large) please enjoy this brief countdown of things that make me feel good going into 2017.
FIVE Inspirational Quotes
Yes, I see the irony that only one of these is from a woman, but these are the thoughts I meditate on when I am in the pits of post-election despair.
"And with this faith I will go out and carve a tunnel of hope through the mountain of despair. With this faith, I will go out with you and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows." Martin Luther King Jr
"If you’re going through hell, keep going." Winston Churchill
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Teddy Roosevelt
"Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, for as long as you can." Hillary Clinton
"Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it." Rabbi Tarfon
FOUR uplifting facts about women running for office from the 2016 Election
Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by almost 3 million votes AND became the first woman to secure a major party's Presidential nomination
The next Congress will see a record high number of Black women representatives.
The number of women of color in the US Senate QUADRUPLED.
More than 4500 women signed up to run office post-election and that's just through She Should Run's incubator!
THREE articles I have read in the last 24hrs that made me smile
Only three passengers on BA flight enjoy champagne and selfies
Giant panda no longer endangered
Eavesdropping Uber driver saves young girl from pimps, police say
TWO songs that make me feel powerful and inspired in such times as these
ONE picture my friend who is a 2nd grade teacher sent me from an exercise where she asked her students what they learned from the election.
One final thought: time is just a construct. Celebrities will continue to die in 2017. Donald Trump will be President. But we will get through this as we get through everything, as a community. Can't think of one I'd rather be part of.
Campaign Love and Mine,