"You know you've made it when you have your haters."
This is a very political town!
But more than that, a leader has to take a position.
You have to stand for something.
There are oodles of constituencies and no matter how hard you try, you will never satisfy everyone.
Yes ideally, we always want to create a win-win situation.
However, every give, usually has a take, since the pie isn't infinite.
Compromise where possible, but hold your ground where necessary.
The key is to choose a direction from your conscience and follow your moral compass and do the most good for the most people and what's right in the eyes of G-d.
Unfortunately, some people will declare themselves your mortal enemy and try to stamp you out of existence just for being and following who you are.
Many of us who have experienced racism, discrimination, slavery, and even genocide know this senseless hate all too well.
Be strong of of good courage and do righteousness.
G-d is our rock and shield.
Psalm 27: "The L-rd is my light and salvation--whom shall I fear? The L-rd is the stronghold of my life--of whom shall I be afraid."So as your enemies advance to step on and try and crush you, remember that G-d will decide where their feet actually land and how they will fall. :-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)