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5 Actions Americans Must Take Now To Heal Our Nation

We are one.

The presidential election results are in.

Millions of voters are elated while millions of others are devastated.

How do we move forward personally and as a country after all the negativity and damaged relationships surrounding the campaigns?

My fellow Americans, I offer five critical actions we can take immediately to start the healing of our nation:

1. Applaud the democratic process.

Rejoice that we all had the opportunity to raise our voice and vote our choice — without fear of death or negative consequences.

2. Be gracious in defeat and humble in victory.

If your candidate lost, don’t pronounce doom on the country. If your candidate won, don’t gloat. Rather, recognize that the desires of the people were bigger than the candidates and their many shortcomings.

3. Forgive family, friends, co-workers, and others who did not embrace your candidate.

Let go of the disgust, disappointment, and negative judgment of their character. The new president will be out of office in the next four or eight years. Quality relationships can provide benefits for a lifetime.  Don't be so quick to abandon them.

4. Don’t just sing “God Bless America”; rather, “bless” and not “curse” America with your words.

Refuse to engage the “hopeless” rhetoric, the “ain’t it awful” conversations, and hate-filled discussions of your fellow Americans.

5.  Make the Pledge of Allegiance a personal affirmation.

Unless you plan to renounce your citizenship, it is going to be in your political and emotional best interest to commit to making this country even better—in whatever way you can.

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” 

Yes, the country is divided and “all” its citizens have not experienced “justice”, but we live in America where dreams come true.I plan to make this pledge a daily prayer—along with my prayers for our new president.

Let's keep the faith, fight constructively, and be a part of the solution.  

Deborah Smith Pegues is a communications strategist, CPA/MBA, and bestselling author of numerous books including 30 Days to Taming Your Tongue (over 1,000,000 sold). Read more about her at ConfrontingIssues.com.

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