Friday, November 11, 2016



ELECTION 2016 — THE DAY AFTER.
OMG! WHAT DO WE TELL OUR CHILDREN?


BY ANTOINETTE RAINONE

Donald J. Trump won the race for the White House. Hillary Clinton lost. 

OMG! WHAT DO WE TELL OUR CHILDREN?

From political pundits shouting on my smart phone to moms whispering to each other on the playground, that's the question I kept hearing over and over again the day after the results came in: Donald J. Trump is President-elect of The United States of America.
  
The postings and laments on Facebook were endless  — and, three days later, still are.

"How do we tell our kids the bully won?" And beyond that, mothers with daughters were especially distraught because they wanted to show their daughters they, too, could become President of the United States one day. 

One mom posted a photo of her pre-teen daughter with a grim and forlorn expression, dressed in a T-shirt: "TODAY IS CANCELLED."

Really? What ARE we teaching our children when we use them as props to express personal displeasure with America's democratic process?

News flash: Your daughter STILL can become President of the United States one day. But be forewarned: ATTITUDE goes a long way. 

Here's what I told my son when he woke up on Wednesday:

Have you ever been laughed at by your classmates? I know I have. It didn't feel good, did it?

Donald Trump was laughed at, too. And not just from other kids in the classroom. He was laughed at by the whole world, if you can imagine that. 

Donald was the boy laughed at by people on TV and the Internet. They made fun of him in front of millions — even billions — of people. 

"So you think YOU can become President of the United States? NO WAY! You have no experience in politics! Who do you think you are?"

Donald was the boy competing against 16 other people who wanted to become the Republican Nominee for President. They were people with lots of government experience.

"You can't do it, Donald! Why don't you just drop out now!"

Donald didn't drop out. He had a message for the American people, and he believed in his message, from the bottom of his heart.

Donald put on a red cap with these words: MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.

The people laughed even more. "What a silly cap you're wearing, Donald! Take it off!"

Donald didn't take off his cap. Instead, he had lots of caps made so he could give it to the people who listened to his message. He began to have rallies in all different parts of the country.

Suddenly, tens of thousands of people came to his rallies, wearing the same red cap, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.

Donald knew he was good at creating jobs for people. He spoke to those people: "I will bring jobs back to America. You will have a job again!"

The out-of-work coal miners in Pennsylvania listened. The out-of-work auto manufacturer workers in Michigan and West Virginia listened, too.

The people on TV still shouted, "You can't do it, Donald!"

Donald often shouted back and said mean things to them. But his friends reminded him, "Don't worry about them, Donald. Just keep spreading your message to help Americans."

The people on TV couldn't believe it, but Donald beat all 16 people in the primaries to become the Republican Nominee. Then they shouted, "You'll never beat Hillary Clinton!" 

True, Hillary Clinton is a powerful woman with lots of friends and supporters around the world. But do you think Donald got scared? Do you think he gave up? 

Donald is the boy who never stopped believing he could beat the most powerful people in America to become the next President of the United States.

His win on November 8, 2016, is going down in history as the Greatest Upset in a Presidential Election.

The lesson for all of us here? Never, ever stop believing in yourself — even if the entire world is against you.

And now, Son, the girls in your class are going to be sad that they did not wake up to the first woman president....

Let's hope the girls understand something very important — and maybe you can share this with them:
 
"Hillary did not become the first woman president of the United States — and that leaves the door wide open for ... YOU." 

Yes, YOU.
  
Today is NOT cancelled...and neither are your dreams. Never, ever cancel your dreams.  
 
Find Your Wings… at any age.

Sunday, January 3, 2016


HAPPY NEW YEAR ... AND CLEAN UP YOUR ACT!

By ANTOINETTE RAINONE
      On New Year's Eve, someone told me about a gainfully employed couple he knows who also collect Welfare checks. Shame on them for cheating and taking money away from the people who are physically and mentally disabled and unable to work.
     My New Year's message is this: Before any of us dare to dream our big dreams, plan our dream vacations, build our dream kitchens and sumptuous bathrooms and summer homes — make a resolution to look within ourselves first. 
      Are we are cheating others in any way? 
      Are we cheating the government, which in turn translates to cheating people in real need?
     CLEAN UP YOUR ACT.
     Are we taking profits from a "charitable" organization while giving only 10 percent to the needy?
     CLEAN UP YOUR ACT.  
     Are we gaining favor with the boss or teacher while lying about others?
     CLEAN UP YOUR ACT.
     Are we making new friends by taking them away from their other friends?
     CLEAN UP YOUR ACT.
     Are we "advocating for children," but not really looking out for their best interests? 
     CLEAN UP YOUR ACT.
     Are we "women's rights advocates" if we don't treat all women favorably?
     CLEAN UP YOUR ACT.
     Are we making six-figure salaries and not helping our parents who took care of us and now need us the most?
     CLEAN UP YOUR ACT.
     Do we expect to be blessed if we have cheating hearts? Do we believe profits derived from some form of cheating are truly blessings? 
     What are blessings? Who are the blessed?
     "BLESSED are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Humility is the realization that all our gifts and blessings come from the grace of God.
     "BLESSED are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted." Mourning and regretting our own sins — and the sins of this world — creates a desire to improve ourselves and to do what is right.
     "BLESSED are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." A humble person becomes gentle and kind, even in the face of adversity and hardship. A meek person exhibits self-control and obedience to God's righteousness.
     "BLESSED are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." A desire for justice and moral perfection will lead us to a fulfilment of that desire — a transition to holiness. 
     "BLESSED are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy." Love, compassion and forgiveness towards our neighbors will bring peace in our relationships. 
     "BLESSED are the pure of heart, for they shall see God." Pure of heart means to be free of all selfish intentions, self-seeking desires and cheating in any way. How many times have we performed an act perfectly free of any personal gain? Such an act is pure love...and that act of pure love brings us happiness.
     "BLESSED are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God." Peacemakers try to bring peace and friendship to others. But we first need to be filled with the blessings of peace in order to communicate that peace with others in need of it. 
     "BLESSED are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven." Jesus said many times that those who follow Him will be persecuted, just as He was. Nearly all of the Apostles and many Christians in the Roman era suffered martyrdom. But we are promised that if we suffer for his sake, we will inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. 
     So, do we really want to cheat others and get more profits in our pockets in order to go on that dream vacation ... build that new kitchen ... buy that summer home? 
     Or do we want to be PURE OF HEART, knowing that if we perform acts perfectly free of any personal gain, WE SHALL SEE GOD?
     Isn't SEEING GOD way more awesome than a vacation or kitchen or summer home can ever be?
     It's never too late to clean up our acts.
     Find your wings ... at any age.