Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.

The US post-election results are sobering (for some of us) with the news that Donald J. Trump is now (whaaat!!) president-elect. I’m not one to spend a lot of time bemoaning facts, tempting as that is, best just get on with the mental and emotional business of adjusting to this new reality in preparation for whatever is in store. We are, of course, all hoping that he will not turn out to be the disastrous leader he seems in many ways to promise to be, that his decisions will reflect more than his personal views, preferences, values and biases.

All we can do now is breathe, steady our hearts, keep our heads together and take control of whatever it is that we may have some agency over. Just because Trump will be president doesn’t mean there is no hope. It is an invitation to review our value systems and get very clear about just what it is we do stand for and why. No need to be strident, Pollyanna-like and vitriolic about it; this isn’t about being a hero/heroine. Just have a little review and get a little clearer about what it is that may augur well for kindness and the common good. For everyone. For real.

Sounds simple enough, yes? It will, however, take uncommon courage, patience, persistence and personal strength of character to stay the sane course.

Do what you can, where you are, with what you have. This is more than enough.

Character and integrity have never been more relevant or important.