Well, this week has most definitely not been a normal week in the life of the Untied States of America. Did you see what I just typed there (and it was totally by accident). We’ve become even more untied as a nation. I’ve been shocked, angry, dismayed, and yes, righteous about the election that took place our country this week. And do you know what I’ve been doing? Grieving. Mourning for a country that seems more divided than I ever could have thought possible in the 21st century.
It is so easy to lump Trump supporters and Hillary supporters into nice little tidy boxes with big bows on top. But you can’t. We are all incredibly diverse and complex people in and of ourselves. Because of who we are, our history, and our experiences. There has been and still is a lot of hate and mistrust out there. I don’t think many people truly want to understand why this is happening now. But I do.
What I feel called to do right now is to support those of you feeling angry, scared, lost, confused, disoriented, or just plain feel like sh*t. There is nothing like politics, or religion, to bring out every aspect of our humanness. The good, the bad, the ugly, and everything in-between.
Maybe you have friends and/or family to talk about what you have been or are going through post-election. People who are supportive and listen. People who hold that space to just let you share what’s going on with you, without judgement. And maybe you don’t have anyone in your life quite like that at all.
That’s where I come in and here’s my open invitation. If you want a person to be present, to listen, someone who will allow you to lay it all out and express whatever it is you want or need to express, I’m here. No charge.
Because as much as this election has rocked me up and down like a dinghy in a stormy ocean being tossed about by 40 foot waves, I am grounded at my center. And just maybe I can help you find some of that center within yourself.
And here’s something else. I was not a Trump supporter and I’m still not, BUT, I do want to understand what it was that made him so appealing to so many in our country. What voice did he put forth that made you think and feel he was the person that could bring the change that you wanted to see? My invitation is open to you too.
Email me, firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m here. We'll set up a time to meet. By phone, Skype, or locally on a trail by the river in Bend, OR. Or you can just email me your thoughts if that’s all you want to do. I will respond.
We all need someone to listen, without judgement, someone who doesn’t need you to change anything about what you are experiencing and feeling. Do not hesitate to contact me. I really am here if you need me. email@example.com. Today, tomorrow, a week from now, whenever.
This country was built on a foundation of all of us supporting each other. And we need each other now, more than ever.
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