I imagine the desire to get a second chance is something we share with our ancestors going so far back on the family tree that we’d quickly lose track of how many great-great-great-grandfathers that would be.
Election 2016 is certainly no exception to that yearning for a do-over, at least for the majority of voters in the USA, and our progressive and sensible friends around the globe who are appalled that a man with Trump’s core values is actually going to be the leader of the free world.
Our love for do-overs are seen in our movies, TV shows, and the Monday morning quarterbacking that goes on after a weekend game where every play is analyzed to see what could and should have been done differently.
In Groundhog Day, we see Phil (Bill Murray) being given a magical chance to repeat one day in his life hundreds of times until he gets it right and begins thinking and acting from a desire to be of service to others rather than from his prior self-absorption. In Freaky Friday, we get to be the fly on the wall and watch a mother and daughter pair grow to appreciate the other’s point of view and, again, lead from the heart instead of from self-interest. The TV series Quantum Leap tapped into our desire to change history, to fix things that went wrong, to take advantage of the hindsight we enjoy as we look back.
And yet, as we know all too well, we cannot magically travel back to 11/8/2016 and change even one vote.
In all areas of our personal and business lives, we are given countless opportunities (which we may or may not accept and take action on) to make amends, to repair what damage we can in the present. No matter how much we might regret an incident or outcome, however, we can’t turn back the clock and actually behave differently in the past in order to get different results in the now. We can’t un-do a phone call that led to disaster. We can’t turn a different way to avoid that accident. We can’t unring the bell.
However, when we get into the mindset of transformation, we can find hundreds of ways to create an improved situation and this is true even about Trump’s election.
Take a moment to think about some of the thoughts that coursed through your mind when you realized or got the word that Trump had gotten enough electoral votes to secure the win. Did you feel regret that you hadn’t gotten more involved in Hillary’s campaign? Did you wish you had gone out to vote instead of staying home because you figured Trump couldn’t possibly win? Were your thoughts in a whirl, filled with dread over what a man like Trump in power could mean to our nation, and wishing you share with your friends why you would vote for Hillary, or in some other way helped undecided voters see the facts behind the issues, and not just Trump’s dramatic sound-bites, hate-filled Tweets, and rants?
Instead of beating ourselves up for something we can’t change, it is time to come together and create the change we desire, to take those actions in-the-moment that support the issues most important to us.
As Gandhi famously did not say, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
It turns out that quote we commonly attribute to Gandhi is actually a paraphrasing of this longer quotation: “We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Let’s not play the “wait and see” game with Trump. He’s made it clear he won’t play by any rules but his own. If we give up now, he’ll truly win, but the world will be a worse place because of it.
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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