I’m writing this entry, not as an Autism Dad but rather a human being. I’ve been very closely following all that’s been going on since the shocking conclusion of last year’s election.
Like the majority of the country, I’m greatly concerned about the rather dramatic shift our homeland has taken.
Hate crimes are on the rise and we are judging people based solely on ethnicity or race. Many women are worried about losing rights over their own bodies.
I won’t criticize anyone who actually took themselves to the polls and voted, regardless of who they voted for. I commend everyone that exercised their right to vote for our country’s commander in chief.
While my candidate didn’t win, I respect the process and I respect the office.
Without sharing too much of my personal feelings about the man in that office (if you really want to know, check my twitter feed), I want to briefly share my thoughts on all that’s been unfolding over the last week.
There is so much hate, bigotry, racism, sexism and fear throughout our nation. It’s all over the news, social media, newspapers and magazines. You can’t escape it and neither can our children. You can just walk through the mall or grocery store and bare witness to some of these things.
This is a very turbulent time for the United States and frankly, the world.
I want you to remember a few things.
Regardless of who’s in office, this is our country. Our families, friends and loved ones have fought and died defending it.
It’s more important than ever to stand up for what you believe. Stand up for what you know in your heart is right. Stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves. Stand up for the kind of future you want for your children.
Teach your kids to be tolerant and accepting of those who may seem different. Rather than judging, show them how our differences can make us stronger. Lead by example because kids need positive role models.
Most importantly, don’t let what’s going on around us, change who we are. This country is much more than just one person in an oval office. This country is an ideal.. One person will never be enough to destroy that.
Treat each other with kindness and compassion. The first week of our new leadership has been difficult for many people across the country. Things may get harder before they get better but they will get better.
We must remain united, even if we don’t agree because we’re all in this together, whether we like it or not.
Standing together will help provide a sense of comfort and safety for our kids who are rightfully scared by what they see around them.
Stay strong and never give up hope… ☺