Since Donald Trump became president I’ve had a tough time getting my bearings. I got sucked into a vortex of anxiety and anger. I lost my “voice.” Stopped writing. Completely. It felt like my world had suddenly turned upside-down and I didn’t know how to fix it. But in an odd sort of way Donald Trump helped me find my “voice” again.
Following the latest news became almost an obsession. Executive orders rolling out one after the other. Banning immigrants. Chaos at the airports. Lies and “alternate facts” coming from the White House. And attacks on the values I grew up with.
You remember those values too, don’t you?
Things like honesty and ethical behavior.
Empathy and compassion.
Respect for each other and for the democracy that’s held our country together for centuries.
The belief that hard work and doing the right thing pays off.
Basic freedoms of religion, speech, the press, and the right to peacefully assemble.
The turmoil of the last few weeks forced me to think long and hard about what really matters. It’s been an emotional roller coaster ride. There’s been a lot of venting with like-minded friends. (Thank goodness for friends!) Discouragement and yes, even tears sometimes. And I’ve spent plenty of sleepless nights questioning whether the path I’ve chosen — to help women live their purpose, love their lives, and make them count — is worthwhile.
And after a pretty miserable month or two, I know exactly what really matters.
YOU are what matters!
You and every woman who dreams of a bigger life.
Every woman who believes that where you begin isn’t nearly as important as where you’re headed.
Whether you’re an older woman or a stay-at-home mom, an immigrant or an executive, every one of you wants to make the most of your life. You all have gifts and talents to share with the world. Each of you has hopes and dreams waiting to be realized.
I’ve found my “voice” again. The fog has finally cleared. No more silence! I’m standing up and speaking out on behalf of women who know that educational opportunities open doors to a brighter future for you and your kids.
For all who understand that clean air and water is a human right.
For affordable healthcare because strong, healthy women can do incredible things.
A livable wage so no one has to choose between food for their families and a safe place to live.
I’m standing up for truth. For tolerance instead of bigotry. I’m speaking out for justice. For a free press. For kindness instead of cruelty.
I’ve found my “voice” to speak out for an America where everyone has a chance to succeed and where everyone counts.
I hope you’ll stand with me because our voices matter.
Our choices matter. Our actions matter.
Bonnie Pond is an inspiring speaker and founder of the international Make Your Life Count Movement. She’s the author of The Power of Three: How to be Happy and Get What You Want in Life (Without Doing Anything Illegal, Immoral, or Unethical) and Unlock Your Creativity: 30 Days to a More Creative YOU! and self-described “Bahooda Kicker” who helps women stop settling for less than they really want in life. Her mission is to motivate women around the world to live their purpose, love their lives, and make them count.