One of the positive things I took from this election was a quote Hillary Clinton used from her Methodist upbringing:
Do all the good you can.
By all the means you can.
In all the ways you can.
In all the places you can.
At all the times you can.
To all the people you can.
As long as ever you can.
Anger, grief, fear and bewilderment are natural reactions. Feelings are real. I’m feeling all of them right now.
But they’re conditions. They’re meant to pass. Holding onto them in a vise-like grip only hardens them into ugly jagged lumps.
So what are we supposed to do?
All the good we can.
I don’t know what specifically that means for me yet.
I can’t know what the future is going to bring.
But I do know it’s going to mean a more active search for Good. It means finding the ways, places, time and other people to help do it.
It means standing up against injustice and cruelty. It means not looking for blame, but understanding, and solutions.
We can’t control how we feel. We can only control the actions we take. Doing Good is great guide for what those should be.