Love "Trump"(s) Hate: "The Aiko Shoe"

Trump is leading the race. 197 electoral votes to 160. My husband puts the TV on mute and let’s out a sigh. “He just won Florida…”

“It’s over,” I say as I put my head down on the pillow. “He won.”

We both sit in silence. I know he’s thinking the same thing I’m thinking: This is really about to happen. He can tell I’m frustrated.

“Ma, there’s nothing we can do at this point.”

“I know...Can we move to Nicaragua?” I ask as I lean over to give our daughter a kiss goodnight.

He laughs. I sigh. He sits back and stares at the TV. I turn off the light.

Silence…We’re both staring blankly into space.

Suddenly, my husband breaks the silence saying, “We can do something.”

“Like what?”

“Let’s pray and spread love.”

Today, a large part of America is celebrating (we get it, Trump won) while a less-than-large part loathes at the thought of a “sexist, bigot, racist” president. Many things cross my mind, like “Is this the America I live in?” and “This can’t be what my ancestors fought for.” And, yes, I threw a little pity party for a few minutes, but I snapped out of it when I heard my daughter waking up. I asked myself, “What is the message I want to give her about this election?”  My husband’s words last night are still playing in my head: Pray and spread love.

While I could spend the length of my post bashing Trump, I know that I am no better than he is if I use my platform to continue spreading hate. I refuse to let a man have that level of power over me - power enough to cause a greater divide among my peers and my country. We have all seen what harboring resentment and hate can do to a nation. We see it in the news every day.

But we also know that love has the power to conquer all! Regardless of who is in presidency, our communities can come together in love to make amends, build bridges, and restore hope. We can make an effort to learn more about the political process to make sure we’re making the best decision for our future generations. We can get more involved in community and outreach efforts to support and protect those who have no voice. If we choose love over hate, we have the power as a people to change the course of our nation and impact the world.

Today, right now, here is where I stand: As a faith-filled woman, I do not believe in coincidence. Everything happens for a reason and today is playing a larger role in a story that’s already been written. My role is not to play judge nor is it to defend my personal stance. My calling is founded on a Christ-centered agenda, which has always been based on one thing alone: Love.

So, today, I choose to exercise my right as a woman, a mother, a daughter, a wife, and a friend. Despite what the future brings, I have the right to be strong, to take courage, to love deeply, wholeheartedly, and relentlessly. I have the right to spread love wherever I go because there is no law against love. It is the one thing every human being desires and the only weapon that has effectively defeated hate.

Choose love.

Every post is named after a fictitious pair of shoes. This post is named "Aiko," which means "little loved one."