It’s been a while since I posted. I must admit that I have been very focused on the current events of my country. I have been very concerned about its direction and by its leaders. And because we are so globally connected what happens now deeply affects the world around us. I don’t want to promote any particular party because I feel that once we associate ourselves to a party, many people stop listening. I don’t want to build walls. I want us to find solutions.
I see news reports of the violence that has risen as a result of the election. On the one hand I understand the anger, frustration and desperation felt by so many. I think that this election has opened our eyes to the fact that poverty, stagnation and depreciation doesn’t discriminate. So many of us live our days feeling helpless because we are no value to others except for how much money we can make to help the rich get richer. So many people have lived a faceless, hopeless and demeaning existence with no light at the end of the tunnel. This leads to desperation and desperate times call for desperate measures. On the other hand, I could never harm another person because of my feelings of frustration or anger. It just isn’t right. Who should I direct my anger toward? Who is the enemy? What is the enemy?
Another lesson we have learned during this election is that we have recognized many problems but we diverge on these issues and the proposed solutions. We must remain cognizant of the fact that we are all human beings. There we so many instances where people were generalized or stereotyped into a certain category. That isn’t right and we cannot continue to do this. I am not a judgemental person. I live by the church of goodness. As long as you are a good neighbor, friend, mother, father, sister, brother, son, daughter,… I don’t care about your race, gender, nationality, religion. I want the world filled with goodness and good people. I confess that even I had to check myself on this. I saw two people talking and the first thing I thought was, “Look at them, those — supporters.” What was I doing? That’s not me. I don’t’ know them. I don’t know their story. I can’t engage in the behaviors that lead to hatred. We need to move forward conscientiously with caution, compassion, care, and courage. Courage because we are now navigating in uncharted territory and are unsure of what results we will see. Half the country has hope while the other half has lost hope. How do we fix that? How do we support one group without alienating another? That’s a very challenging undertaking I hope will occur. I use the word hope but remain very concerned for our future.
As a mom, I think I have mastered the art of diplomacy. When there are disagreements, misunderstandings or sibling rivalry I sit with each of my children and listen to what they have to say. I offer a different perspective that will help them understand their sibling better. I encourage the start of dialogue and guide them through resolutions. I’d like to see this take place at the national level…. even a global level.