Trump won. There are a great many people celebrating this as an obvious victory for pro-life Christianity and little people everywhere. I remain unconvinced of that fact, but I've set aside my personal feelings on that matter and have decided to do what is best for everyone involved. Here is my advice on what we should be doing next.
1. Pray Daily
I don't care if you like Donald Trump or if you hate him. Pray for him. He has been put in a very powerful position, and he's going to need every ounce of courage he can muster to fight for what is right. Love is what will give him that courage. Every time you pray, you send a little bit of your love his way. If he's covered in an avalanche of love, he will become the kind of man he needs to be to lead people in the right direction. People who are loved open up, flourish, and become their best selves.
If, by contrast, he's starved of love he'll do the exact kinds of things you fear most because a heart deprived of love becomes fearful, anxious, worried about everything, and cowardly. A heart that's hungry for love will feed that void with every vice and bad habit imaginable, will become whomever they feel they need to become in order to get that love.
2. Serve Others Daily
I've said it from February forward, but it bears repeating. If you will simply seek to serve one person a day, each and every day, no matter what Trump does, the world will become a better place. It only takes changing one person's life for the better to change the entire course of human history, and if you've changed 365 people's lives, in a year from now each of those 365 people will be making positive changes in the world around you, too.
If we all commit to doing this, well, imagine 300,000,000 people making a positive difference in the lives of 300,000,000 other people each and every day for 365 days. That's 109 billion positive changes made to the world - and that WILL make America - and the world itself - great again with or without Donald.
3. Resist the Urge to Blame
Blame stops you from being part of the solution. It makes you a victim and takes away your power to make changes happen by blinding you to the part you play in the situation. It also stops you from being able to reach across the aisle and learn from someone who has achieved something you haven't or who knows something you don't. If you're blaming someone else, you're conceding your personal power to them and you're preventing yourself from learning the things they could potentially teach you.
Instead, when you find yourself tempted to blame anyone else ask yourself, "What can I do to take control of this situation and how can I personally make it better?" Expect yourself to be the solution. Expect yourself to be capable of making that positive change you want to see. Ask questions of people who are where you want to be. Listen to them and learn from them.
4. Be Prepared.
Trump is going to issue in change whether you like that fact or not. You have no control over what he does. You can only control what you do in response to it. Be prepared for your country to change quite radically. Be prepared for things to be uncomfortable for you for a long time.
Why? Because destruction must take place before construction of anything new can begin. You are going to see a lot of destruction. The economy may be destroyed. Jobs may be lost. Our entire country's geography may change. Countries may align themselves against us and it may look dark for a long time.
This isn't cause for fear, it's cause for celebration. If the destruction is happening, it's only to prepare the way for something bigger, better, stronger, and much healthier to be built. Something that will last longer because it will be infused with love and love never dies.
5. Don't Give Up Hope
Never, ever lose your hope for the future. No matter how dark things get, no matter how bad things seem, remember that dawn always follows the darkness, and spring always follows on the heels of even the worst winter. The trees will eventually bloom again and life will go on.