French Mum, humanitarian, restless explorer and doer on sabbatical in Cebu (Philippines): one Attila in each arm, I am exploring the “toddlers safe” corners of the region, while trying to keep some room for Me.
Yes it happened and don’t expect me to cry and enrage over the results. It’s done. It shows the power of one vote and that we should never, ever underestimate it.
Of course I am in shock, but I decided to put all my energy on those who need it. If there is one thing that this vote taught me is that every word has consequences, every silence too. I have been very passive on this election, so sure that at the end of the day, Hillary would win. That the American people were just toying with the idea of having this fascist as a president. That is was all a joke to keep the media busy.
Yet it happened. When all my American friends were so campaigning for the Democrat candidate, I thought their fears were totally disproportionated. But I was wrong.
In a few months it will be my turn to elect my president, in France.
We are just back from vacations in Paris and the political ambience is devastating. There is no such thing as a unified socialist (democrat) party anymore and the extreme right party (FN) is trumping its way to the top. I have been very tempted to vote conservator for the first time of my life, for a change. After all, they can not be all that bad ..That was before the American elections.
They made me realise one thing of uttermost value. Change has to come with me and nothing good can happen if I don’t ACTIVELY stand strong for my values, especially in times of doubts and crisis.
More than ever, I need to clearly picture what I want to accomplish and keep checking to see if I am still on track. Just like in yoga, having an intention for my practice (or indeed for my life) and then paying attention to what I am doing.
It’s always easier to condemn than to think of alternative solution. In the midst of the US chaos, I want to see it all as a strong wake up call. At my own little level, what can I teach my children to raise them as respectful and optimistic people? what kind of attention can I give to the bullied and the ones who would use my voice to speak up for them? Instead of asking us what our neighbour/family/country can do for us, it’s about time to wonder what we can all do for them? we are in this all together, my neighbour’s wellbeing becomes mine. As Mother Teresa so rightly said “What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family”.
So even if the socialist camp is weak and there is no proper leader yet, they will have my vote. I will stand for my humanist values.
I’ll do the best I can through my vote, through writing, through offering yoga classes, through teaching meditation to children, anything in my hands to help protect the most defenseless among us.
It is about time to set up a counter revolution.
Are you in?
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