Melania, I think that your recent 4-nation tour to Africa might have been an image boosting endeavor gone wrong. Most of your haters are so fixated on the pith helmet issue that it has probably gotten more retweets than the latest #MeToo debacle. Yes, perhaps it would have been helpful to know that pith helmets are in fact a reminder of colonial rule in nations. Isn’t that somebody else’s job? After all, since you’re not getting paid for your service to your country, you’re technically a volunteer (it’s not too late to launch a make-up brand). It looks like you might have something in common with the devil and God since neither gets paid for their work.
In addition, don’t forget that in spite of the oppression that foreign powers dragged into colonized nations, the vast majority of them still managed to leave behind a remarkable legacy in the form of a thriving economy, rich cultural influences, foreign languages, enhanced systems and investment in building infrastructure like schools, churches and hospitals.
Even if you had a valid reason for the trip to Africa, you could have put more effort into documenting your adventures and observations along the way. Bear in mind that every trip has a mission. Perhaps yours was to build rapport with the leaders and influencers with the hope of creating more empathy for the plight of the African people. What was clearly missing was the ability to capture authentic vignettes of human suffering through short documentary style videos and photo essays. By doing so, you’d actually be able to bring a sense “Africa” back to those at home.
Don’t forget that Americans on the home front are already quite sensitive about US dollars flowing out to aid foreign nations. Whatever you do has to be in alignment with the administration’s current position of scaling back on international humanitarian efforts. The key is to understand that when you give away the riches of the country to other nations, you risk alienating those that are not living the good life. It’s that simple. If you can anchor this thought, you may be able to open your mind to the world of opportunities in your own backyard. Ask your Holy Spirit what she thinks and see what bubbles up.
Once you can identify causes that matter to you, you’ll discover entire movements that empower you. Join in the conversation and start telling your stories. According to Daniel Pink, the author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, purpose-driven activities like giving back to one’s community have tremendous value in motivating us. How about diverting your focus to some of the most pressing issues that take place on American soil? The top three ones revolve around inequality, poverty and religious conflicts.
From a fashion perspective, this trip was clearly a lost opportunity to express your wild side. Instead of opting for the L.L. Bean style attire, you really could have lightened the mood by showcasing your extravagant wardrobe of jungle or animal print outfits accumulated over a lifetime of retail therapy while recovering from a broken heart, reinventing yourself or an unlimited supply of husband bashing comments. Just because you are the wife of the president of the United States doesn’t mean that you have to play down your sense of style and humor. Once a model, always a model.
I’m sure that this trip was probably a much-needed opportunity to get away from a predictable routine of being fed talking points and putting on a happy smile. I completely understand where you’re coming from. They’ve tried the same stunts on me. Anyone with spiritual sensitivity would know that it’s often the spirit of control that needs you to be “just perfect” every single time.
Perhaps the next time you might have the courage to share with the American people about what life was like when you were growing up in Slovenia during a time when you could barely stay alive. And yes, you were actually poor before you became a rich girl. Since when was that a crime? And if you – of all people – could rise above the adversity, then anyone should be able to do the same. What’s their excuse?
In fact, there is probably still a part of you that still connects at a deep level with what you’ve had to endure. How do I know this? I feel it every time one of your evil spirits called OC Girl visits occasionally when I’m eating something soupy. She tends to make me eat in a hurry – almost as if she doesn’t know where her next meal is coming from. Her superpower is her proficiency in spiritual tongues, which is the language of evil spirits and angelic beings.
Perhaps for you, looking perfect is your way of showing the world that you are no longer weighed down by the hardship and lack of your past. Deprivation often leaves deep scars that cause us to fear expressing ourselves authentically for fear of connecting too much with the past. The key is to find a way to redeem the harrowing experience of Slovenia by sharing the details with others to persuade them see things from your point of view – and then buy into it. We call it “cause related marketing.”