There are so many voices yelling today. And so, so many reasons to yell. I won't say move on and we've all got to unite, because we need time to mourn. We need a minute to process and assess where it is we stand after the dust of this election season has settled. Take time, be gentle with yourself, feel all that you need to feel, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
And only then, when we've all taken account, let's look each other in the eyes. I think the majority of us fell somewhere between two loud tides this year. The center was confusing, deprived of any quiet, and deeply uneasy. And today, whichever way we voted, I think most of us have woken up exhausted from the fight. So, let's look each other in the eyes, please. Let's move past political rhetoric, bi-partisan judgments, and be human again today. Capable of mistakes, but with so much potential for good, each of us.
My hope, America, is that we will pull together as never before. That somehow all the labels, insults, and -isms we've become so bogged down in would be turned in for simple love and kindness. Neighbors loving neighbors. Standing against things that are wrong. Protecting even those with opposite beliefs, views, or preferences from our own. This is who we are, America, we help the oppressed, we give a voice to those who don't agree with us, we celebrate diversity, we believe in freedom.
I know we have failed, so many times. But I still believe in the power of individuals changing a culture, and it's our culture that most needs care today. I'm choosing to believe today that the ramifications of this uproarious season will not be violence and rioting, but gentleness, acts of kindness, protection of those who need it. I believe love always prevails. I can't do much at the political level today, but I can be better at listening, better at believing the best in others, better at praying for my country before I complain about it.
So, feel all that you need to feel today. I can only imagine how hurt and confused and nervous so many are. I know there are larger issues I'm not addressing here and that is frustrating to some. I'm not ignoring them, to be clear, I'm only standing in a new season and saying who do I want to be in this situation? So, America, who do you want to be in this situation? Let's use our collective power in this way, to be good to one another, to be gentler to those around us, to make America who she is meant to be: good, true, and beautiful.