Without darkness there is no light.
That wisdom has new meaning this week in light of the recent election.
Up and down my social media feeds, I see expressions of fear, anger, terror, and rage in response to the election results from Tuesday night. People are afraid of being targeted, afraid for young people on college campuses, afraid of being round up, shipped out, beaten up, split up, and of course, there is the ultimate fear of death.
And I was there this morning. Terrified. Swirling in my mind were worst case scenarios. Is World War III coming? Is the world going to crumble? The nation? Will there be violent chaos? Will our democratic system be able to temper extremism? Do we really have a demagogue as our president-elect? Will the world tip over? Am I in a dream?
After the fear subsides, meaning and identity emerge.
I’m not one to hang on to fear. I transform it, and find my excitement. I find my place. I find my role. I find my calling.
The nation is in a deep part of its hero’s journey. And if you feel it, Tuesday’s election was likely a part of yours. If this election does anything to your emotions, it will likely present a deep, rich, and real context for your hero’s journey. All of the backlash and the emboldened hate rhetoric and violence will give meaning to who you are and who you want to be. We get to define ourselves against this backdrop.
Shake up! Shake up! It’s time to wake up! Wake up!
Our modern history has been fraught with tumultuous times: the atrocities of World War II, the Holocaust, apartheid, the Vietnam War, nuclear threats, cold war, the Civil Rights Movement, the mass movement of peoples across nations, and for my family, the Chinese Cultural Revolution. All of this history and deep social division and violence has given deep meaning and purpose to individuals, entire families, communities, nations, and the global community. They have given us purpose, and birthed entire discourses around human rights and international relations, democracy, just to name a few. So much creative potential is unleashed in the most disturbing historical moments and traumas. In past generations, some of our best ideas came out of trauma, mayhem, fear, and instability. Sometimes we have to re-learn historical lessons. And that is okay too. We shall learn the lessons as they come.
Can we accept that? Can we accept that human genius is born out of darkness?
From the darkest of darknesses, the brightest of lights are born.
Such a shake up gives us the fertile ground to ask deeper questions, think bigger about who we are, and who we as a collective wish to be. These deeper questions challenge us to arrive at powerful, innovative solutions, and cause us to make bigger plans, and take bolder actions. They cause us to look deeply at the root causes of human concern. These expanding questions and convictions! Oh what a gift!!! Because of this election, we are expanding. I definitely feel like I’m expanding.
Feeling powerless? What’s your calling?
We all have our own callings. Find yours. Find yours. Find yours. Transform your fear and find meaning. If this election is giving you grief. Grieve, and then get curious. What was that grief about? Toward what vision is that grief pointing me? What role do I want to play in this new landscape? Who do I want to be? How awake do I want to be to my own genius?
We need not be in control of the whole thing. We alone are not responsible for the movement of global human history. We are a collective. Don’t forget that you are not alone.
Create where you feel called to create. Empower who you are meant to empower. Find freedom and cultivate it in the communities that you were meant to serve. Do what you are meant to do. Be who you were meant to be.
My calling is to help people unleash their own power.
I help people find their power no matter what the circumstance.
Our ability to SHINE from a deep place, means that we SHINE, we can authentically be all of ourselves no matter the circumstance. The power also comes from a deep love of our lived experience — all of it… even the discomfort, the fear, the pain, the violence, the sorrow, the disappointment, the tension. Be gentle, and care for yourselves.
We are living history. In every moment. Let’s savor it.
The question is: who are you now?
Given this political climate, I am happily providing a free coaching consultation to anyone who wants one. There is much to process. I am here for all of you.
Always with love,