Once again, I am saddened by our country. Not necessarily by the outcome of the election, but by our behavior. I don’t care which party you are in, who you voted for or what your political beliefs are. This is what I want to say to every American…. GROW UP!

We are all running around acting like spoiled rotten kids who did or didn’t get their way. Here’s some advice: If your candidate won, congratulations. Be a humble winner. There’s no need to throw it in anyone’s face. If your candidate lost, be a gracious loser. Stop pouting and throwing tantrums over it.

I realize that during this election (one that was monumental not matter who won) there were some very heated topics up for debate. And if I must be honest, I don’t feel like either candidate was a great option. And I understand each person’s passion on their specific topic. But where in the world did we ever come to believe that we are more right than someone else?

Sometimes I think that this nation has raised nothing but spoiled rotten brats. That sometimes our “freedoms” have given us the right to act and do and say whatever the heck we want. Maybe I don’t understand because I am a more passive person than I am an active person. I hate conflict. But when my children were little and were participating in sports, or even a game at family game night, this is what I would tell them. Be gracious. Be kind. Be humble. If you were so lucky as to have won, be a gracious winner. Don’t rub it in their face. In fact, my son tells me that he gets frustrated with football players that make a scene when they score a touchdown. “Act like you’ve been there before.” Those are his words. If you have been unfortunate and are on the losing side, accept the loss with grace. Don’t pout and throw a fit. Congratulate the winner and wish them the best. 

It saddens me to see America behaving this way. Not just in the recent election, but in life. Everyday. We are all human. We all love. We all hurt. We all suffer disappointment. We all experience joy. We all have things we are passionate about. 

I’m not a hugely political person. But one thing I do know is this:  The enemy loves division. Now, whether you want to believe the enemy is Isis or Satan, that is your choice. I happen to believe it’s both. And you can bet both are delighted in any division in our country. 

Do I think that our next President can bring this country together and make it better? I have no idea, but I sure hope so. I recently saw a meme that stated it this way, “Not wanting our President to succeed is like wishing the pilot would fail on the plane we are all on.” That’s paraphrased, but I think you get the picture. 

And I just saw a video of Ellen Degeneres saying when you take away all our labels, aren’t we really all wanting the same thing? People who want to be heard, to be loved, to be accepted…?

It’s time for us all to grow up and stop acting like self righteous brats. It’s time for both sides to take the higher ground, to be the bigger person. Be a gracious winner. Be a gracious loser.

That’s the only way we will make America great again. 

Bridgette Ross

I was born and raised in the great state of Nebraska. I have 2 beautiful children. A daughter named Taylor, and a son named Brody. I have held many diverse jobs over my lifetime, including stay at home mom for 9 years. But I'm an entrepreneur at heart and received my degree from the university of Oprah. :) My passions are food, family, friends, fashion, faith & fun. oh yeah, & music. Not necessarily in that order! I always try to approach life with a sense of humor. I recently married the man of my dreams who sets my soul on fire and loving this wild ride called life.