If you were a supporter of Donald Trump, this article may seem unnecessary to you.  After all, it is easy for you to see the good in the results.   However, frequent readers of Conscious Bridge know that I was supporting Hillary Clinton for President.  Most people around me were. Like many people, I expected her to win based on the polls and pundits and my own personal sense of “what was right”.  To be honest, I went through some funky emotions after Donald Trump won.

It’s funny how many Hillary supporters have said they have been going through the five stages of grief….at least the first four….denial, anger, bargaining and depression….not too sure how many have moved on to the final stage of acceptance. Even this post today from the Washington Post is acknowledging the same.  I suspect many of the people marching in the streets are unable to move to any degree of acceptance.  I understand the feelings and I support the expression of their free speech, but I’m not exactly sure what they are really hoping to accomplish.  Marching isn’t going to change the outcome.  On the other hand, if after he is President next year and he does something I vehemently disagree with, I will be out there with them to protest with a specific goal to change that policy.  That makes sense.

Early on after the results were in, I was stuck watching mainstream media’s analysis of the election and some prognosticators’ messages of doom and gloom for progressive political positions.  I was getting stuck in a downward spiral of depression and negativity…and then I remembered one of my spiritual teachers many years ago advising us that in times that seem to be moving towards darkness to look around at the situation and ask yourself “what’s good about this?”  This question can serve to shift our focus and start seeing good where we can.  After all, I know that we tend to focus upon is what we grow in our lives.  Hence, I knew that if I stayed with the negative pundits, I would start seeing negativity everywhere.  What I needed to do was to begin looking at the world and seeing the good in it, especially tied to this election.  And you know what?  The more I looked for positive messages, the more I saw.  I encourage you to do the same.

In the meantime, here’s a starter set to help you get going:

It seems only fitting to start with Oprah.  In an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday, Winfrey said “hope is still alive” after Obama said he was encouraged by Trump’s willingness to work with his team during the transition of power.

The folks over at Greater Good have compiled a list of 16 brief comments by different people who were struggling to have gratitude for the election results but have been able to find something. Maybe their ideas will inspire you to find gratitude!

Most of the late night TV hosts have made some post-election statements, most of them quite funny.  However, this one from James Corden shifted me the most to seeing things from a positive standpoint.

In the midst of the Presidential outcome, many of us have forgotten that there were a lot of good results across the country. The folks at Global Citizen give us here a nice list of things that came out well.

Here’s another positive fact in spite of the Electoral College:  A majority of Americans voted for to have a female President.

Need more?  This Tumblr poster gathered a long list of good things that happened in 2016.  You can’t look through this list without finding something to feel good about!

Finally, I will leave you with a link back to my blog from last Sunday where I shared a number of spiritual lessons I gleaned (via quotes from articles here and from some friends) on this whole election process. If we can take them to heart, that would truly be a good thing.

So there you are….go forth and look for good all around you……I know you will find it!

Mark Gilbert


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