November 8th didn’t surprise me. There’s a worldwide nationalism movement happening and as Victor Hugo once said –
“Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.”
Furthermore, a week prior to the election, the first American silent digital coup and counter coup took place that tremendously altered the power dynamics at that critical juncture. But if you were getting your information from anything close the mainstream or trusting manipulated polling, you like so many were blindsided.
What did surprise me was the reaction everyone has had and continues to have. Sadness, anger, hate, division, hopelessness, confusion. We’re entitled to our feelings but that lack of perspective I’m seeing goes against everything I believe…
“There are things one must not contemplate, he thought. There is an obscenity of evil which contaminates the observer. -Ayn Rand. “Atlas Shrugged.”
I grew up in the ghetto of the Dominican Republic, my parents moved here and by the time I was 13 I was singing in the White House, performing with a Beatle, traveling around the world. As a collective we have access to a quality of life that not even the richest had just a short time ago. We still live in the land of the free, home of the brave and as Warren Buffet said in response to all of this – “For 240 years it’s been a terrible mistake to bet against America, and now is no time to start…” How fast does fear take over that we forget how much we have to be thankful for? So I blacked out all social media until one of my best friends tagged me with a message that was the first thing anyone has said that I could relate to…
I took a political vow of silence Wednesday morning. I watched friendships break up on social media this week. Riots. Anger. With all the discord, I am strangely hopeful. So I am breaking 2 rules with this post. 1 i’m posting a selfie and 2 i’m Breaking electronic Shabbat…to say one thing. THANK YOU!! I’m truly blessed in every way. The best wife. The most amazing daughter. A family and friends who love and care about me. A baby boy coming in March. A humble abode in Montecito;) Thank you to everyone who helped me along the way. Let’s put aside our past baggage and work together to keep this party going!!
Please take a pic of those closest to you right now and share it with #gratitudechallenge. There’s too much hate flying on social right now. Spread the love
Like that famous drum break, Amen Brother. That’s called appreciation, taking a good look at the present, the only thing that’s real, and full heartedly basking in it. My life is nowhere near where I want it to be but that has zero to do with how grateful and happy I am for everything in it…
And I wonder if you know what it means to laugh as tears go by. – Labi Siffre, “My Song”
I wake up overwhelmed with how lucky I am to be here, able to experience this surreal miracle of being alive on earth. My sister’s wedding was one of the best times I’ve had in my life. I’ve never had a moment in my life where I’ve questioned how much I love my family or how much they love me. My best friends have been by my side for more than half of my life. There’s a little angel out there that has a pretty face just like mine. Blessed is just a start.
I can’t spend time worrying because I think there’s too much to do, and so much to do it with! I can’t get behind the anger because there’s too much beauty in the world, too much good. I can’t waste time because I’ll never get it back. But I can 100% get behind being grateful for every single expression of beauty in there world there is.
So here’s to the only challenge I’ve ever gotten behind. Get on your favorite social thing and do this, let’s change the vibrations –
“Take the #gratitudechallenge. Post a pic of people you love and challenge 3 others to do the same. 3 Purple Hearts 💜💜💜”
P.S. Here’s Dave Chappelle’s SNL monologue, I like the perspective. Watch it here.