The hardest thing about politics for me is that when two people have differing viewpoints, neither really wants to hear what the other person is saying. Not really. We listen to rebuke and rebut, not to understand and empathize compassionately.
There are massive amounts of mud, hatred, as well as threats being flung out in all directions. You have to wear a suit of armor to deflect it all. And as Byron Katie, spiritual guru says, “Defense is the first act of war”.
When was the last time you sat down with a person who supports the opposite candidate that you do, asked them why they support that person and just listened?
Listened to their logical reasoning, their heart’s reasoning, and their soul’s reasoning. Why do they really want their candidate to lead the country? What do they think they as individuals will gain from having that person as president, or what will our country as a whole gain from that person in the lead?
How fascinating it would be to sit down with someone who thinks and feels so differently than you to find out why they actually do. Then not judge them for who they are because of it.
We all want to be heard, and understood (if possible). When we are truly seen, even if someone doesn’t agree with us, it softens the differences. There is a form of acceptance present to bridge that gap.
And yes, I like many others, you included I’m sure, have a strong opinion about who would and should be the best next President and leader of the free world. Which person would be better not just for me, but for we?
If you are a US Citizen, I hope you voted. If you haven’t, I hope you do.
Because even if you really don’t like either of the two candidates, as someone said to me at a dinner gathering a few weeks back that they heard a comedian joke about, it’s either going to be Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. You might as well put your voice towards which show you want to be watching for the next 4 years.
Not voting means you’re okay if you don’t have a voice, and everyone else gets to decide who's going to be President for you. If there was ever a time that your voice and vote mattered, It Is Right Freaking Now.
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