No, not that one. I’m talking about the most recent one, the one that we’re all currently living through. Donald J. Trump was just elected president by an amazing majority that have now been dubbed “the silent majority”. Since that moment that stunned everyone, from the layman to the pundits, the reaction has been extraordinary.
And by extraordinary, I mean a multitude of things. I think a number of people went through the same grieving process as one does when dealing with death/loss. There was shock, denial, anger, and then slowly, Hillary supporters as well as non-Hillary OR Trump supporters started accepting the new reality, gaining some peace, and making certain personal resolutions for life going forward. For the Trump supporters, we’ve seen pure elation, followed by disbelief at the anger hurled at them, then also a feeling of anger as a result, wanting to believe they were allowed to have an opinion and that democracy meant they could vote whom they wanted. They too have begun entering the peace realm, and it appears that most people on all sides realize that working together is the only way.
There was certainly immaturity displayed along the way, but then again, people deal with loss all kinds of ways. The bottom line, coming out of this gruesome and long campaign period, is that everyone learned a WHOLE lot in the process. We realized that for one thing, life is not the way it seems. We are always to be poised and ready for life to surprise us. And above all, readiness means that we also prepare emotionally for change. It would’ve been a great time for us to see people handle their disappointment with grace. That was certainly not the case.
We, people on both (or all!) sides of the argument, all face an uncertain future with this new president. One thing’s for sure – at least for me. My hope is not in Trump. My hope was not in Clinton. My hope remains in God, the Maker of heaven and earth.