On this day in 1989 history was made when the Berlin Wall fell.  Twenty seven years later we start the day learning that the United States has elected a president who spoke of building a new wall.

The ‘experts’ said it couldn’t happen.  But it did.  Millions voted for the winner.  And millions of others did not.  The only thing we can hope for now is unity.  As Isaac Newton said, “We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”

No matter who is leading the most powerful country in the world, we each have a choice to be kind. We can all treat those around us with acceptance, love and respect.  That will never change.

We must lead with hope and not fear.  Because we are all in this together.

As Jens Stoltenberg once said, “When autumn darkness falls, what we will remember are the small acts of kindness: a cake, a hug, an invitation to talk, and every single rose.  These are all expressions of a nation coming together and caring about its people.”

Let’s build a bridge to a new day paved in kindness and respect for others.  And then cross it together.