Don’t worry, this post is NOT about politics! Not at its heart, anyway. And yes, the way things are going, he may well be the cause of a nuclear war with North Korea which will hurt pretty much everyone on the planet! However, when it comes to our every day lives, there is very little that Trump and his incompetent administration can actually do to you – if you understand that you already have the power to get what you want.
You can say that these are strange times in which we are living but in my opinion, there has never been anything but strange times! The whole world has been messed up for a very long time, certainly since humans have had the ability to record history, going back 5,000 years and who knows beyond that. It would be nice to think there was a time when the human race lived in complete utopia (and some believe there was) but to think that this was any time in living memory or in recorded history, is a total fallacy.
It’s incredible to think that in all recorded human history, there have been, from one account I read, less than 300 of those years where there was no war anywhere on the planet.
Trump was elected with the slogan “Let’s Make America Great Again” but when exactly was America great? Certainly not for the first 100 years, as no nation that allows slavery can be considered “great”. The African-American Civil Rights movement didn’t bring equal rights to all citizens until the late 1960s. So when was America truly great? With mass shootings and police brutality and murder highlighted every passing month, it sure as hell ain’t great now. But Trump would agree on that.
The United States has only been great in theory and ideals. Even its claim to be the leading example of a democracy can only really be laughed at when you consider that more people voted for Hillary Clinton (winning the “popular vote”) than the racist, homophobic, misogynist;
Yet here we are, with a man who once bragged about grabbing women by the “pussy” and who makes excuses for Nazis yet argues with war-widows, as leader of the “free” world.
I saw an interview last year with a young woman who was asked who she was going to vote for. Her response was
“I don’t like Trump’s comments about women but I love guns, so…………….”
That just about says it all about Clinton’s popularity! She is part of the problem, not only in the USA but all over Europe and the world: a rich, political elite who couldn’t care less about the ordinary folks. Trump was supposed to be the antidote to that but all he’s done is fill his staff full of ex-bankers and give tax breaks to the wealthiest!
WHAT OUR WORLD NEEDS
So it may seem as though I’ve turned into a cynical dooms-merchant. No sir, far from it! What I’ve come to realise is that this whole planet needs to take a step back and a deep breath. We need to come together rather than divide ourselves over what are mostly superficial constructs, such as race, religion, nationality and political affiliation.
The vast majority of us, if not all of us, want the same thing – to be happy. And at its core essence that requires one thing: to love and be loved. Those who realise this, know that the changes required for this to manifest cannot come from a political party, or the economy. It can only come from within.
Every individual needs to look inside and seriously dissect themselves to find out what the hell they are thinking and doing and why! Real global change will only happen when enough people start to wake up to this fact and wake up to the reality of the world.
Me? I’ve already done that.
I used to be one of those angry political types, obsessed with the latest news to the point where it became entertainment to row over the latest disaster. Politics tends to bring out the worst in people and those who let it dictate their mood, actions and ability to empathise with anyone of a different viewpoint, are as bad as the most myopic, tribal football fan.
WHAT WE CAN DO TO CHANGE
So I refuse to feel downhearted about Trump’s presidency. He’s in: deal with it. Brexit has been voted for: deal with it. How do I do that? I control the only thing I know that I can definitely control in my favour – my own reaction. My own thoughts. My own actions. So even though I don’t like what’s happened politically this past year in the USA or UK, it doesn’t bother or affect me because I choose not to let it. It’s that simple!
Getting angry and fearful or hateful isn’t going to change anything and it certainly isn’t going to do me any good personally. The only thing to fear, is fear itself. It’s a powerful force and once it takes hold, well, you get pretty much all the problems we now face globally.
OK, it’s true that some people will be directly affected by Trump’s policies (such as transgender people in the military or law-abiding families being pulled apart by crackdowns on illegal immigrants) but there’s nothing that can be done by the individuals in those cases. But for the vast majority who are not directly affected, you cannot let it indirectly affect you.
Ultimately, I have the power to create the life I want, regardless of who makes the political decisions. That’s why I chose to work my socks off on my own personal development. I made the choice to never give up and to keep trying no matter what obstacles were thrown in my path. Because I have the power within me to make shit happen and go for my dreams. Just as everyone else who has a broadband connection can do. No excuses.
And you can make that same choice in all aspects of life:
It’s your choice to get angry when someone provokes you.
It’s your choice to react negatively when something doesn’t go the way you want it to.
It’s your choice to give up and say it’s rigged or impossible or blame others for your failure.
There’s only one sure-fire way to be successful in life – to take responsibility for your thoughts and actions, search deep within and react positively. Works every time.
Initially, I wished Trump good luck. I hope he does make America great. Not great again, just great. That means for everyone, not just those of a certain race or background. But it won’t happen through pedaling more fear, scapegoating sections of society and stirring up hatred. Unfortunately, that’s all he’s done during his tenure! But it doesn’t have to affect you as an individual. Rise above it. Same goes for any of these self-serving, political puppets. Take responsibility for your own actions and reactions.
Only 300 years without war out of 5,000 – that is so sad 🙁
You are right though, we can only deal with ourselves and if we do that, we can create the life we want regardless of who has the power.
Yes I couldn’t believe that stat either, Dana. But as you say, we can’t change it and as most of us are fortunate enough to not be at the centre of conflict, it’s our duty to show gratitude for that and enjoy these times, while they last.
Thanks for your comment once again 🙂