I’m not ashamed to say I wept today. I wasn’t expecting to feel so deeply about the election results as I did. The new president elect not only won the national electoral votes, but he won in my home state and county.

The feeling really is of grievance. And the fear posts going around did not help either. Combine this with the thought that my son will be 7 years old by the time there’s a new president, and it all was just too much for me.

I know I’m not the only one feeling this way, and it does make you think about what motivated my own neighbors and family members to make that choice.

What does that say about me if I stick around this community? Should we just pack up and move where we are understood, where others see our point of view?

It’s certainly very tempting because creating change is hard. Sticking around is hard.

But this is your chance to make the most impact as well. Leading with your actions, showing the way, people notice. Our kids notice. And they will take your lead.

What does that say about the state of consciousness of our community, of our nation?

It says that there’s a lot of work to be done.

It’s been said that we grow from despair. That struggles can make us more enlightened. And maybe this is what is happening to our country today.

Maybe we needed this experience to help us think about what kind of community and country we want to live in. Maybe this is our wake up call.

I personally feel motivated, more than ever now, to empower my community (and anyone who will listen) to be more present, to live in compassion, and to make where we live a better place for all.

As mothers, we have that lioness feeling of protecting our cubs, and the country that we awoke to today can make us feel powerless.

What I know for sure is that we can build strong communities, especially as women and as mothers, and be an example for our children for the kind of world we want to live in.

I’m so fortunate to know wonderful women , whether in my community or around the world, who want change, and who take action towards change. And even if you don’t know where to start, just getting involved is the first step.

So let’s get involved, let’s get together. Let’s talk about our hopes and dreams, our struggles and our triumphs. We are all mothers and we are fighting the same battle. You don’t have to do it alone!

We are stronger together and we can do this, one community at a time!