Election night is always a BIG night in America… and last night was no exception. Millions of people across the nation, glued to their TVs, news sites and social media, eagerly awaited the outcome of our presidential election.
And whether your candidate won – with you tearfully ecstatic, overjoyed they got into office – or you were among those sickened and overcome with anxiety by the results, honestly, what happens in the White House ultimately does not determine what happens in your house.
You know, it’s an interesting study to observe social media around election time. Some people go off on someone, and even block friends, simply over different political beliefs. However, others choose to communicate honor in every word they type, regardless of their opinions and beliefs.
Politics seem to stoke the fires of strong and diverse opinions. People so easily take offense. Tempers run hot, with folks becoming so judgmental – nothing more than 6th-grade maturity. If you attack those whose opinions differ from yours, judge them or get offended, it may reveal an area of weakness in you!
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We all watched immorality saturate our TVs, the Internet and social media – and not just last night, but throughout the entire election process. We all saw individuals dishonoring others, provoking arguments or rejecting people – simply ASSUMING they think in a way contrary to their own opinions. Sadly, most people don’t extend the same honor and respect they expect to receive from others. We expect honor, we expect freedom of speech. But how often do we honor the opinions of others? We cannot expect more from others, than we are willing to give.
That’s why I love our clients! They extend honor and grace and respect to others, regardless of their beliefs. When I look at our Facebook page, I see a safe place, a culture of honor, a forum where you have the right to voice your beliefs, without fear of being attacked for your opinions.
Because when we become the kind of people afraid to speak-up for what we believe, then we have completely abandoned our freedom. Yes, always honor and always use wisdom, when you speak… but speak freely!
We should embrace our differences. We don’t have to agree with everyone or adopt their opinions, but we can appreciate their opinion and honor them for it. And, we can learn from them.
The events of last night will inevitably fill so many with fear and anxiety in this moment. But get this: We are put here for a purpose… born for this moment… raised in this life, in this culture, so we can each make a difference. I know I have been called, for such a time as this – just as you have been called, for such a time as this!
Thankfully, an intensified vision allows me to keep doing the same things I’ve been doing for the past few decades… whether the next four years go down the toilet or things get better.
I’m still going to make money and give it to those in need. I’m still going to provide jobs for people. I’m still going to contribute and volunteer in my community. I’m still going to groom my children for success, to help them overcome adversity and challenges.
Bottom line: We all woke up this morning in the same house, driving the same car, going to the same place of labor. We all woke up this morning and we still have a life to live, a family to care for, bills to pay, work to do and people we love around us.
Not much changed between last night and today. And nothing much will change, if you don’t change. Your financial life will not get any better this week… unless you take the appropriate steps to advance your skills, improve your attitude, learn new strategies to pay-off debt, make more money, grow your business or career and ensure your family has a stable future.
We, the people, MUST grow up, get out of our own personal debt and restore the entrepreneurial spirit in ourselves – and the next generation. We have to become better workers… who give it our best, who go in every day saying, “Let’s grow this thing,” instead of “What can I get out of this?”
We have to become people who help others. We must step-up and care about something bigger than ourselves. We must take care of those who cannot take care of themselves, like the orphans, the widows and the sick.
We must live the way we expect our government to live. We must lead by example, instead of expecting them to change our lives and world.
So, be hopeful! Take heart! More opportunity than ever before awaits in the world today. And not because of who was or was not elected. Opportunity can be found when people go through hard times and trials. Whenever people are “squeezed”… that’s when they get desperate and know it’s time to step-up and make a change.
I’ve been there, through desperately hard times! Raised on welfare, in a violently-abusive home, by drug-addicted parents, I got pregnant at 17, and hit rock-bottom as a divorced, broke, homeless cocktail waitress. And those experiences pushed me to start a business. Those hard times inspired me to never return to that place again. There is no way I would be who I am today or where I am today, if it weren’t for those hard times!
It all comes down to you establishing who you will be, what you will stand for and how you will live your life.
So choose to succeed. Choose to mature. Choose to honor. Choose to not pass judgment on others, simply over a difference of opinions. Choose to embrace real, true unity, to embody diversity in harmony.
I’m looking forward to the coming years, to working with you to change the world, one life at a time. We have just entered into a new season, a new opportunity – to set an example for how every human should live.
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In great faith,
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