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Three days later and there are many people who are still having a difficult time with the results of the U.S. election. I wrote about this on Wednesday this week with my post “Donald Trump in President-elect. Now What?” however, there are worsening reactions to the future that lays before us. During times that trouble people, we try to seek the path that is best for each one of us. To me, I think that there are many lessons that can be learned or re-learned through reading the Harry Potter series. I have seen other articles that look at this exact concept, and you can find them pretty easily as well. However, I think there is one quote from Albus Dumbledore that I think we all need to pay attention to:

It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities

As the entire country turns to face the future, no matter what side of the political spectrum you fell on, how we conduct ourselves from here on forward is what matters most and shows true character. We are absolutely allowed to voice our opinions – but no one, and I mean no one, should be afraid of the backlash if we speak out against the results. (And I only mean speak – violence is not condoned here.)

We are often told as we are growing up that “our actions speak louder than words.” The things that we do reflect more on what our true character is rather than the things that we say. If you are someone wanting to see change, don’t just post on Facebook or Twitter about it – figure out a way that you can start to see that change, even if it’s just within your own community or even your own household. If you are someone who is wanting reform – try writing in or finding a way to get involved with your local government, contact the people who are in the position to enact the change that you seek.

Or, even more, if you are wanting a person to see all people treated equally and with respect – then start with the people around you. Stand up for those that are being mistreated, treat those around you with kindness and respect, find a common interest with someone you haven’t connected with before. These are the things I try to teach and show my students and these are the things that so many adults need to remember. So take the wise words of Albus Dumbledore with you and become the light in our futures.

Here’s looking to a brighter future, a wonderful Veterans’ Day, and a new weekend. Happy Friday and Happy Writing!

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