Last week I wrote about the ironic, beautiful power of ugliness. This week I believe it that much more.
Like so many of us, I had no possible idea how this week would actually turn out. I’ve seen so many of us in shock, so many of us horrified and so many of us saddened. I saw many of my friends and co-workers absent Wednesday. They were literally immobilized.
But, I’m seeing something beautiful too. I’m seeing my older son irate, passionate and communicative about our leadership. I’m seeing my community look deeply within themselves to ask “why?” I’m seeing people realizing that their daughters’ confidence, the amazing diversity of our country, and are ability to show love for others, should NOT be taken for granted.
Of course I’m scared. Of course, I’m in shock and sickened. I was so excited to be able to demonstrate to my daughter how powerful we, women, are and can be.
But, I must see this election as a wake up call. I must react. This is a lesson for us. We have to care of our country — which includes EVERYONE. We can’t assume everyone is fine or agrees with our values. If we violently disagree with people, we can’t brush them off. We have to understand them, and work hard to connect.
The morning after the election, I sent this short message to my team:
No question this was a doozy. But here’s how I’m looking at this:
We can’t look down on society, we just have to set the example instead. We need to be super encouraging to our daughters/young girls in our lives, extra generous, and loving to everyone from EVERYWHERE.
Lots of love for you all, A
Let’s use this as an opportunity to open our eyes to our OWN behavior. Of course we have to express ourselves. Maybe I’m too much a product of being in a engineering company, but I truly believe that it’s way more important what we DO than what we SAY. When you’ve finished mourning, make extra effort to be wonderful, open-minded, socially active people. When we demonstrate generous behavior, others will mirror us.
We had an ugly week. But that ugliness just may have given us the impetus to be and act more beautiful than ever before.