I think I speak for most of us, the last week has been tough. The events that have transpired in the country seem to have impacted us on an incredibly deep level. No longer is it just politics, but rather it's personal-smacking at our very core values and beliefs. I've had so many of these conversations over the last week that I'm noticing wanting to just go numb and tune out, but even that doesn't feel much like an option.
There does seem to be some sort of Call to Action. As my rational mind spins and spins, trying to connect dots, to understand, and then of course to project into the future the only thing that seems to distill down over and over is the same: fear and division. More division. And so over the last couple of days, with mental exhaust, I've made a commitment to tune in more to my heart. This is not some airy fairy call to action, but rather something that transcends my failing rational mind, it calls me back to some very basic human principles.
My heart tells me right now, that kindness is called for. Gentleness. Not in some grand activist sense but in day to day, ordinary simple American existence. It means a little more warmth to others, a few more smiles. It means looking into the eyes of the clerk at the grocery store and saying a sincere "Thank you". To me....THAT is what is being called forth right now.
Some might say that this is passive, too simplistic, or permissive of actions that are simply not okay. I challenge that, because in light of all that we have witnessed in the country, the very basics have been bulldozed over.
I propose that we start from here. We start to build the bridges in the most simple, kind, and gentle ways. We stop pointing the fingers, and we get off our self-righteous bandwagons, because THAT is the breeding ground for fear, hate, and division. No matter what side of the isle you're on.
I've pondering some of the great leaders of peace over the last days: MLK, Mother Theresa, Ghandi, and yes even the words of Mr. Lennon. What would they say? What would they do?
Smile more, be kind to each other, get off the cell phones more, and BE the change.