Thursday, November 10, 2016

Day 2583 - The day the world went Faaaaaark - Lovin' Life Linky

Well, that's not the news I was expecting to hear.


So often in life we get dealt a blow.  We receive news that just takes the breath out of us.  Whether it be a terminal medical diagnosis, a death, news of infidelity, the loss of a job or the fact that a racist, sexist, xenophobe gets democratically voted as the President of a country that is often regarded as the leader of the free world.


A Facebook friend posted that she'd boarded a plane earlier yesterday and all knowledge of the outside world was momentarily paused as phones were turned off.  As they landed a collective "faaaaaark" rippled through the aircraft as phones came back on to reveal the new President of the United States.

That sums it up really.   I think the F word was probably heard from outer space as the news rippled across the globe.

The season finale of this reality show we've been watching certainly shocked many of us.  I for one was invested in the outcome and will feel the flow on effects of the US election.  I never actually believed that orange would be the new black.

The reality is, the decision has been made in a democratic way and we can't change it.  But we can grow from it.

As with any shocking blow delivered to us in life we get to make a choice.  To become a victim to it, or to rise up with hope and positivity to live the best life we can within the new normal.

Hello Hope.

So while many of us Aussies are scratching our heads in surprise about President Trump and other such shocks in our individual lives let's continue to concentrate on hope, growth and Lovin' Life.

(I actually can't quite bring myself to share a photo of Trump just yet ... even in "orange is the new black" meme version ... so I'm giving you a picture of this pretty tree instead.)

Nothing says hope, growth and Lovin' Life like a blossom tree.  


How are you feeling about the US election?

Are you shocked by the outcome?

Is orange really the  new black?

Have you received a blow lately? 



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51 comments :

  1. Unbelievable! Why?!!!

    I had to laugh at you calling it the season finale of a reality show! That pretty much does sum it up except that now he us in charge of America. So maybe the reality show will be extended after all! We haven't heard the last of it that's for sure!

    Ingrid
    http://www.fabulousandfunlife.blogspot.com.au

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  2. I don't necessarily agree that it was done democratically. Not when some people had to line up for hours to vote and it's held mid-week. That would exclude a lot of people straight up- carers, parents, people who couldn't afford hours off work etc. They need to look at their system, for sure. And yep, I'm still reeling at the result.

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    1. I think they can pre-vote though. That's my understanding. If they can't, then yeah, that really does limit people. Weird that voting is a mid week thing. Very weird.

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  3. Alas I saw this coming. I am deeply stressed by it on a global scale. Hopefully the only damage done to Australia is economic (though that will be heavy and take a long time to dig out of) - spare a thought for those countries formerly part of the USSR. They must be quaking in their boots waiting for the 'next step'...I give it a week before the civil unrest hits the US in a wave unseen since the '60's.

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    1. The implications for Australia are actually quite scary. I don't really understand economics but from what I've been reading there will be quite a bit of flow on. Some of it good, some of it bad, much of it way too confusing for me.

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  4. Like everyone I'm just horrified. I saw a lot of devastated posts yesterday but noted others (from US peeps) saying... "Okay, let's not run and hide cos we're gonna need to join the fight." With a 'let's come back stronger' focus.

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    1. I've been reading about people actually weeping in the workplace. Some work places (particularly community groups, women's help centres etc) are in a state of mourning.

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  5. Wow! What a shock... I still can't believe Trump will be president. What a contrast to go from Obama to Trump! I hope he will be somewhat constrained by the rest of the government. He certainly won't be able to deliver on all the wild promises he's made! As hard as it is to accept, we have no choice but to embrace it and move on. #KeepHimAwayFromTheButton

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    1. I hope so too! He'll have to have a good team around him. Surely, But yeah #Keephimawayfromthebutton

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  6. How could this happen in 2016? Like you, I cannot bring myself to write or type about the new president by name...

    SSG xxx

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    1. It definitely feels like they've gone back at least 50 years. Interesting that an episode of the Simpsons predicted this about 7 years ago. LOL. That is the second big international "incident" the Simpsons have predicted. I can't recall what the first one was ... but I am starting to wonder if the writers of the Simpsons aren't some how ruling the world.

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  7. What I saw before the event was finalised yesterday was that neither candidate was going to be 'ideal' or even 'ok'. So, with what we have now, we (all the world) needs to remember that we cannot treat people differently because of...(all the reasons you can name) as they eventually will find a way to voice or action their feelings and hurts. I believe, with as much knowledge as one can gain from a distance, that people have had enough in some parts of the US and wanted to show the current administration it was time for a big change. Mind you, in all political spheres there are limits and each country where there have been particular groups in for a period of time, and become complacent etc, there will be change. That said, it IS appalling that it has come to this...that the republican party could only 'nominate' this one buffoon. I am mad and sad BUT I am getting on with my life the best I know how....and not allowing it to affect me too much. Phew. What a world we live in.

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    1. I agree Denyse. Yep.

      We as Aussies also need to be careful not to lump all Americans into a category because of the outcome of this vote. There are lots of people US bashing on social media right now. There are many people who voted differently and are just as confused and as emotional as we are.

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  8. I'm mortified that the people majority of the USA could be so stupid to vote in such a megalomaniac to power. However as my husband pointed out he is only head of a political party and does not have autonomous control. But this doesn't help the fact that I feel rather nervous about it and I think I'm going to feel like throwing up everytime I see his disgusting head!

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    1. Luckily it was only half (or less) of the voting public. It's just the weird way the system works I think. I think the majority of Americans are still very switched on.

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  9. I am more than shocked, I am horrified! To go from Obama and Michelle (who I just adore) to this nutter (for want of a better word) is just ridiculous! I cannot believe people actually voted for him. I can't even stand to watch him or listen to him on TV. Anyway - I shall breathe and find my own place of zen that does not include him! ;-)

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    1. I like the Obama's too. I think though we have put them into celebrity status. I look forward to seeing what they do next! I'd love to invite them for dinner. Do you think they'd come?

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  10. It will be interesting to see what unfolds and yes it did feel like a reality TV show.

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    1. Do you watch VEEP? So much like VEEP ... or VEEP is so much like the reality ... or something.

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  11. So much shock. It's almost been a full day but I still can't quite believe it. However, I did see a map showing the way millennials voted and at least it was heartening. It seems the older generations have let the younger ones down... again.

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    1. How does it feel being over there right now? I imagine it is interesting ...

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    2. It was a VERY quiet day in the office on Wednesday. It was like everyone was reeling with shock. There's been a lot of protests in Oakland (state capital of the protest... I swear they love it there). It's slowly getting back to normal I guess.

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    3. Well, it will definitely be a new normal come February. Good luck!

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  12. Completely in shock, and can't believe it. I think the astonishing thing is that out of a whole nation the choice of leader was so uninspiring, either way. That Trump was elected, astounds me. But it's obviously what over half the population want. We now, like you say, have to work with hope, not hatred. #teamlovinlife

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    1. Yeah, apparently that was the case ... the whole "uninspiring" thing.

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  13. Absolutely astounded at the result and the victory for the embodiment of sheer awfulness. Can only hope that it doesn't have the impact on society and the world that we're fearing - or that he does something so incredibly horrendous that there is a dismissal. Can they do that?

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    1. I think he'll be working extra hard to prove us all wrong to be honest. I mean, there is a world of people waiting to see him stuff up. I think he'll be working extra hard to make a difference.

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  14. I think your pic of a tree is much better than one of any politician, let alone the new President!!!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Charles!! See you next week.

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  16. Fark indeed! Feel a bit like I just want to bury my head in the sand for while

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    1. I'm off to bury my head right now actually. Heading to the coast.

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  17. Try to hold it together ladies. As an American male, reading your comments is fairly amusing. You are collectively displaying little sense of what has been going on in America for some time from the political elites and ruling class. America is about freedom from governmental tyranny, and our government has been enveloping our lives for decades well beyond what the framers of our Constitution established. The political class has been tone deaf in recent elections. Add to that the fact that Ms. Clinton was the most corrupt politician to be nominated in recent memory. The choice of Donald Trump for President was actually quite logical and rational.

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    1. Welcome to the Lovin Life Linky Mr Unknown. You're right, we don't know a lot about US politics, but that doesn't make us any less amazed that a sexist, racist, xenophobic, Daddy Warbucks who doesn't pay income tax and has headed several bankrupted businesses managed to slip through the cracks to be the one to supposedly free the US from governmental tyranny. But then again, we're not sexist, racist, xenophobic or tax evaders, so I guess this outcome will never seem logical or rational to many of us. Glad to see that you're celebrating though! No doubt you're Lovin Life right now.

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    2. Thanks for the welcome. I think one reason for your, and the others here, lack of understanding about what's going on is that you start with a label and then filter everything based on that simplistic label. For example, let's take your assumption that Mr. Trump is xenophobic. What evidence do you have that he is a xenophobe? No doubt, it's largely based on that same label which you've heard others, probably including your main stream press, use, without really analyzing the issue.

      Do you believe, for example, that anyone who believes that their country should be able to enforce their sovereign borders is a xenophobe? Our country has been overwhelmed with illegal aliens over the past decade or so because our current President, along with Congress, has refused to enforce our federal immigration laws. A tremendous amount of drugs, gangs, crime, and cheap, illegal labor has poured into our country. Not only does this violate our sovereignty and federal laws, but it is also very dangerous and damaging to our own citizens' ability to work. Mr. Trump promised to reverse that situation with border security. Does that make him xenophobic?

      I could address the others labels as well but I think it's easier for discourse to break things down in small parts. And yes, I along with 60 million other Americans are really happy right now.

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    3. Thanks for stopping by again Mike! You have an interesting perspective.
      I love that you set up your new Blogger profile specially for this post. I'm actually surprised by your location though (according to your IP address). But then again, I'm surprised by a lot of things lately. Have a great day.

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    4. I actually found your blog doing research to validate an idea I have for a blog. My idea is to focus on life after kids (ie middle age) and living it to the fullest at this stage. It's amazing - there's a large number of blogs about middle age in Australia for some reason. And, most of the blogs about this phase of life are written by women. We need more of these in the US. Anyway, you've got a great blog. Best of luck with it in the future.

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    5. I'm so happy you're going to write about middle age. Yes, this area is definitely growing in Australia. I think Aussies in general love to make the most of life. It would be great to see the male perspective in this genre. Make sure you share it with us once you get started!

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  18. It took me a little while to think of something good to write about after Tuesday night's debacle. As for Mr Unknown up there... well... I can't even. The words logical and rational? Put together with President Trump? Bahahahahaha. If he thinks that Trump isn't surrounding himself with lobbyists etc right now, he's dreaming.

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    1. The word "rational" definitely takes the cake.

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    2. Well, we shall see. But one thing we know for sure, Hillary Clinton was deep in the pockets of Goldman Sachs, the Saudis, George Soros, etc. So, there's no question who would have been pulling her strings.

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  19. It is a shock but l believe love always trumps hate (excuse the pun) and now more than ever we need to be the change we want to see in the world.

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  20. I much prefer the photo of the tree! Yes, we were in total disbelief as to how this could have happened, but it has, so I guess we just have to come to grips with it. Not the outcome I wanted!

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    1. It's a really great tree. Late to blossom but I'm happy with that because it's added a great deal of beauty to my early morning walks around the lake.

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  21. I've spent the whole week being shocked, stunned and outraged and depressed. Then today I went into a total denial bubble. I quite like it here in my bubble.

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    1. Denial bubbles are great protection. Hope you're having a great weekend Bec!

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  22. I know just hope he proves everyone wrong. I really really hope.

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