Students of American History will, of course, understand the intended reference in the title of this article to “The shot heard round the world” which marked the beginning of the American Revolution in 1775 to gain freedom from the tyranny of King George III of England.
The phrase comes from the opening lines of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Concord Hymn” written in 1837:
By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.
Of course the “shock” I refer to is Donald Trump’s win of the 2016 Presidential Election. This shock was truly felt and heard all around the globe as countless millions of people reeled in stunned dismay over the potential outcome of an avowed misogynist and racist in the White House.
In any disaster, we feel overwhelmed and unable to grasp the full scope of the issue because our expectation for good has been turned totally upside down. It takes some time for our heartbeat to return to normal, and longer for our sense of outrage to settle down.
However, it is vital for progress that we not stay in a state of shock any longer. It is time to keep moving forward, to proceed with the issues that are dear to the hearts of people who want this world to grow and evolve, not to return to dark ages and dark times.
Be a voice for progress. Throughout history, ordinary people have heard the call to action and in spite of the logical reasons to excuse themselves from doing things that were scary or uncomfortable or meant sticking their necks out, they found enough gumption to step up and fight back for what they wanted for themselves, their families, and their country.
We can do this too. We can fight back, with the power of positivity.
I am calling on all Democrats, Progressives and Moderates, and our friends around the world, to join in the new revolution and be Freedom Fighters to push forward with justice, education, environmental protection, clean energy, fair wages, and so many more issues that are vital to the wellbeing of our nation and of the entire globe.
“The Universe is all good; however, in difficult situations we are often not able to see the bigger picture. Even situations we call ‘bad’ actually have good underneath them. Look at any situation with new eyes and look for the good. If you look for it, you will most assuredly begin to find it, and then you will have burst the illusion of difficulty and allowed all the good to come forth.” – Rhonda Byrne
It all comes down to saying yes to what we want to experience—and to stop saying no to what we don’t want. That “no” power we learned as two-year-olds was an important part of personality development of the individual, and we use yes/no throughout each day in even minor decisions about what to wear or eat, whether to go to that store or the one a block further but with better produce. The type of yes/no judgments that help us navigate the complexity of daily life are not the same process as powering up a big fat “NO, I DON’T WANT THAT!” which actually energizes the very thing, person, or situation we are trying to push away. This is why “resistance is futile” is not just a line spoken by alien monsters in a sci fi movie.
Resistance truly makes a hate agenda grow stronger and more empowered. We learned that lesson with Hitler and apparently we must learn it again.
We must learn to direct our thoughts and the incredible power of our emotions towards what we want to build together: liberty and justice for all.
I’ll get into all of this in greater detail in my new book America’s New Breed of Freedom Fighters—coming on Inauguration Day.
Are you in? Okay, then put aside the panic, breathe mindfully, and realize this is an incredible opportunity for all of us to “fight” for the freedom and justice we desire. More to come in the rest of this blog countdown to Inauguration 2017, and in my new book which will be released that day: America’s New Breed of Freedom Fighters: With Liberty and Justice for All
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