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Talk about whiners and complainers—and I’m not talking about millenials and college students. I’m talking about Conservatives who won’t face up to reality, seize the opportunity to save the United States from the past eight years, and be positive about the future.
Before the election, I was very unhappy about our presidential election choices. But this is November 16, 2016, and I firmly declare myself a Trump supporter. Let me explain what that means for me.
Letting go of the past — I refuse to dwell on “how did it happen” or “we had 16 other good choices.” I still feel that way but I refuse to hold on to my disappointment and frustration. I notice every now and then that I fall into silently whining about the current situation, but I realize that’s a waste of time, and I choose — that’s right, choose — to move on. I have to do it over and over again, but the living in the past is useless and unhelpful. So I’m letting go of my former preferences and facing the future, cautiously optimistic. It’s not easy, but it’s getting easier every day.
The Glass is Half Full — I remind myself that Trump has some talented, smart people around him, starting with Mike Pence, Reince Priebus, and Kellyanne Conway. I’m not thrilled with Steve Bannon, but he is also talented and bright. Since Trump has chosen Bannon, let’s let the Left waste its breath in criticizing both of them and see how the future unfolds. I hope we see many more gifted and competent people selected. Whoever they are, I will root for their success.
Embrace the future — I don’t have to like Trump, admire or praise Trump. But at this point, I am compelled to give him my encouragement and support, celebrate his successes and express my discomfort with some of his choices. I pledge to make my best effort to give any of his decisions time to develop, ripen, and come to fruition. Most of us don’t deal with uncertainty about the future very well: it’s easier to stake a position and stick with it. You can dislike Trump or expect to criticize everything he does. You can love Trump and laud everything he does. Or you can challenge yourself to embrace potential: be a dispassionate citizen who wants the best for Trump and this country.
Some of you may say you won’t give up your principles, beliefs, and values. I was there once — before the election. But this is the new reality. I want Trump to make principled decisions and to be successful, because I want this country to be successful.
So I’ve chosen to face reality with enthusiasm, curiosity, and hope.
How about you?