Recently, our nation was stunned by the 2016 presidential election, when Donald Trump was announced the winner. The country was filled with mixed emotions, and some citizens became terrified as the country entered into an unknown direction. The results told me more about the country that we live in, more than anything else. The reaction to this election was one that I’ll never forget. I awakened to a phone call from a close friend, who was devastated by the results. After a friendship of over 20 years, I had never witnessed her so upset.
The reality of our country’s views are plain and clear, our integrity as a nation has been questioned yet again. We may not be able to do anything regarding the results of the election, however, we have a responsibility to show up every day; show up and represent our nationality as African Americans with intentional greatness.
There are many people who may only interact with other nationalities at their job. That’s why you must show up with love and understanding. You may be the closest person of color that your co-worker has ever encountered, and as such, you can challenge any misconceptions spoken against us, other nationalities, and interest groups.
There is no reason to fear the future. We have overcome far more and will continue to triumph over adversity each and every time. Your greatness is not determined by this presidential election. We must personally take responsibility for our individual future and have faith that we’re prepared to overcome any obstacle that tries to stand in our way. The blame has to stop somewhere.
- Are you doing what you’re supposed to be doing, in order to contribute to this great nation?
- Did you vote?
- Have you run for an elected office in your district?
- Are you raising your children to have a voice?
- Are you involved in your community?
- Do you know who are your local leaders?
There is always something to be done in order to make a difference. It all begins with a choice; making the choice to realize that you have more influence than you think. How we react to the controversy is the key to allowing our voice to be heard and respected. Showing up and arriving daily with integrity is the best way to overcome adversity, regardless of who is president.
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This post was written by Marita L. Kinney.
Marita L Kinney is a woman of many talents. Publisher, Author, Board Certified Life Coach and Motivational Speaker, Marita has inspired thousands of people to overcome adversity with triumph through faith and perseverance. While facing several life changing challenges herself, Marita had enough faith to conquer tribulations, coming out victorious. She continues to encourage people through her books and coaching.
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