A look at the calendar (and little math) suggests we've already endured roughly 1% of the era of Trump as President. (Assuming he is a one-termer.) I thought the idea of Trump being elected President was so absurd, that I all but eliminated the possibility from my reasoning. Well, history proved me wrong. What that says about millions of my fellow Americans, I'm not sure. I suspect many of them will start to feel differently sooner or later. But I've become somewhat wary of making too many predictions. What I am able to control are my own actions. And so I've put together a list of "rules" for myself, to see me through a period that is likely to be challenging for many of us: 1) Trump is the President-elect. Calling for recounts in battleground states. Whining about the unfairness of the Electoral College. Raising issues about Russian meddling. All of these are useless distractions. They are not going to undo the election. We need to accept that. 2) As President, Trump will be entitled to the respect due the Office. In the (highly unlikely) event I am called to the White House for a personal meeting, I'll call him "Mr. President" and "Sir." You respect the office no matter what your opinion of the office-holder. 3) I'll do my best to refer to him by name. He will be President Trump, or simply Trump. Using derogatory fabricated names is childish and largely pointless. 4) I will not reject, as a matter of course, his actual policy proposals. I will evaluate each and every one on its own merits. If Trump comes up with an idea that really is in the best interests of the United States, its people, and the world itself - I'll support it. 5) Contrarily, I will oppose, with every means available to me, those proposals and actions that I believe to be harmful or dangerous to the country. 6) I will make a bona fide effort to understand the point of view of people who voted for Trump. Doubtless, some of them are foolish or misinformed. Some were blindly partisan. And some were motivated by instincts (racism, xenophobia, misogyny) that are detestable. But part of reaching out to people is understanding their point of view. 7) I will remain confident in the institutional strength of the United States itself. Chances are good that this country will survive a Trump Presidency. The facts that a man with such capricious character has the power to launch nuclear weapons is troubling. But I pray that circumstances will not arise where he might be tempted to use them. And I hold out hope that the mechanism of our National Command authority would, at the end of the day, prevent their accidental or ill-considered use. 8) I will hold President Trump to the same standards of personal and Executive behavior as previous Presidents. Trump is entitled to a private life. He is entitled to take vacations with his family. It is incumbent on the officeholder to maintain a balance that is acceptable to the American people. 9) I will not hope for Trump to fail. I will not do or say anything that would cause that to happen. If Trump's Presidency is to end in failure or disgrace, it will be by his own doings. Not mine. And I will reject any scurrilous, untruthful, or trivial articles, editorials, rumors, etc. set forth by any source be it Democratic, liberal, or independents. If we are to ultimately prevail, in any endeavor, it has to be a success based on a foundation of truth. 10) We will survive this. The United States has survived more serious and deadly challenges in the past. And in most such instances, the country emerged stronger than it did before. I just need to keep reminding myself of this for the next two hundred and three weeks.