Trump’s campaign Slogan:”Make America Great Again.”
There is a gigantic assumption in this statement: America isn’t great.
Who says she isn’t? Who gets to determine that?
I say America is as great as her people! I say we determine that, not someone trying to get elected!
If we have problems, we get to solve them. Any lack of greatness is up to us; it’s not China’s fault; it isn’t those “bad Mexicans” who come here looking for work and do the jobs caucasions refuse to do.
There are simple things that every American can do to make this nation even greater than it already is:
1. Take care about who you listen to.
There is an old assumption that news organizations are objective and report without bias. Not so. First, they are run by people who have their own bents, just like the rest of us. Next, they are owned by corporations who have invested interests in what gets said and how. That it’s on the news doesn’t make it accurate or true.
2. Build on what is good and right.
If you look for one positive thing each day – an accomplishment, an act of kindness, something built, a difficulty overcome, you will find it. Celebrate; find a way to build on it in your own life and community.
When you meet someone whose attitude and demeaner exudes positivity, highlight and mimic it. If you are that person, thank you. Keep spreading the cheer.
3. Look for solutions.
Complaining tears down. It digs the hole deeper.
Finding a solution brings light and healing.
4. See to your own self.
Or as my father used to say, “Tend to your own knitting.”
Blaming also tears down. It promotes anger, bitterness, feelings of powerlessness and chronic dissatisfaction.
If you create or find just one small part of the solution to a challenge, you become a hero. You build something strong and good.
Each of us is responsible for choices and behavior; no one else makes us think, feel or do anything. Take that responsibility and run with it! Use it to build a great life.
5. A great nation begins with great individuals; build in your own life and community.
If you are concerned about unemployment, find a way to get just one person back into the work force.
If literacy is on your heart, teach adults to read or spend some time reading to children. IF this isn’t for you, buy some books.
If the matters of food and shelter concern you, donate to the local food program or shelter. If you have the time, energy and inclination, volunteer.
You get my point: Do your part!
The wonderful thing about all of these suggestions is, you don’t have to have a pile of money! Anyone from the most wealthy to the most impoverished can join in making a stronger America..or England, Cameroon, South Africa, Australia, …
America is great; let’s make her even stronger!