If you pay attention to my social media accounts or know me, you’ll surmise that I was not pleased with what I went to bed, fearing and woke up this morning, confirmed. This is not the result I was hoping for. This is not the world I thought we were going to be creating. And I wept. Literally, wept. I have stayed off social media, pretty much all day – I went food shopping, had lunch, watched TV. This afternoon I played my piano for a while – the songs that were drawing me in were soft, gentle favorites; “Across the Universe”, “True Colors”, “Let it Be”. Songs of comfort – I guess I was comforting myself. As I was playing, I realized that I had tears streaming down my cheeks. I was fearful. Fearful for our young women mostly; but fearful for everyone.
Jai, Guru, Deva, Om…
Nothing’s gonna change my world
And I realized. I’m no different than I was yesterday. You’re no different than you were yesterday. There are people whom I love and respect who voted differently than I did – and it’s been so damned divisive.
Let me be clear…
I still have no patience for people with whom I don’t have a relationship, coming into my space without respect, with mean spirited intentions to comment on my beliefs, to “school” me or to tell me how to behave, speak, whatever and I will not entertain that for even a moment… however – it’s time, it’s time to put aside differences. It’s time to come together. Even if we don’t agree on ANYTHING – I’m sure we can agree that we want what’s best for our children, we want to live our lives in peace, we want opportunities, we want to feel safe and productive.
So, I pledge here and now –
that if we come together on opposite sides of every issue, I will do my best to find common ground with you. If we all focus on what we can do locally, right here on our streets, in our towns, if we stay determined to stand together no matter what we face, the world will be a better place.
If it turns out that your rights are being trampled upon, I will stand with you. I have your back and I hope that you have mine. Let’s look out for one another. Bernie Sanders made it very clear that this is not a revolution that will be won in one election – but people’s eyes have been opened and we see what’s happened – let’s keep moving forward.
I still believe in the same things I believed in yesterday. I know you do, too. Even if bitterly disappointed, we haven’t changed, fundamentally, who we are.
Photo Credit: Robert Michalove