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Last year before the election, our First Lady Michelle Obama, talked about the lessons she and President Obama tried to instill in their daughters and of how they recognized the awesome responsibility they held as role models for all of America’s children.

“How we urge them to ignore those who question their father’s citizenship or faith. How we insist this hateful language they hear from public figures on TV does not represent the true spirit of this country. How we explain that when someone is cruel or like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level.”

Then, with a firm, clear, grounded, dignified resolve, she spoke these elegant and memorable words:

“When they go low, we go high.”

Like most Americans, I am appalled when I watch the character of our country being dragged through the mud. I am ashamed of those “leaders” who violate the dignity of their political office with vulgarity, lies and lewd sexual aggression on women.

I am thoroughly disgusted with the hate, the bigotry and the sociopathic support for the rich while the disadvantaged and disabled get pushed to the curb. I find it reprehensible when Nazism is not immediately condemned. All of these behaviors and many more must be severely rebuked.

Like most Americans, I feel the toxic poison in the air and within myself as well. In turn, I want to hate these narcissists who are willing to sell America’s soul and spirit for their own selfish greed. I want to snap back at the TV and yell obscenities, but if I do, then I succumb to the despicable behaviors I deplore. I believe we are all being called to play a much bigger game.

As we enter the New Year, I invite us all to emulate the remarkable Michelle Obama, to disconnect from any ignoble, negative reactions, and simply respond in a way that will rebuke the insidious actions without allowing them to consume us with the same hatred. When they go low, let’s you and I vow to go high!

We must intend to do our very best to stay alert and never give in to allowing any form of this morally corrupt way of governing to become the “norm”. We are so much better than all of this. We must speak truth to lies, reality to conspiracies, kindness to hate and we must never, ever, ever, be discouraged or give up.

It takes a lot of courage and stamina to not only walk the moral high ground, but to maintain it, especially in the face of continuous deceit and attack. We can get weary of it all and certainly I recognize the desire to just give up . . . and that is exactly what they are counting on. But this is when we must pass the test, rise up and step forward once again with firm conviction and everlasting commitment. Remember . . . our children are watching . . .

As we enter this New Year, perhaps this saying will inspire you as it does me:

“Do not be discouraged by the brokenness of the world.

All things break. And all things can be mended.

Not with time, as they say, but with intention.

So go, love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally.

The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.”

L.R. Knost

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