On this fifth Wednesday of November 2016 – the post-Thanksgiving-thanks-giving-post –
I am thankful for:
Whatever you want to call them, I am thankful that, as long as we live, we have the chance to fix things.
We can grow kinder. We can gain more knowledge. We can get stronger.
We can change our minds.
Never forget that we have that power. Never deny that power to others.
In the swirling negativity and continuing vitriol of our country’s politics, when we need, more than ever, to find ways to meet in the eye of this storm, we seem to hold tight to the desire to blame those whom we perceive as “the other side.” We persist in this argumentative and ineffective posture, even – and especially – when one of the “others” expresses a change of head or heart. They deserve a do-over.
Hear these folks out when they show you a good faith effort to step onto common ground. Respect that they can grow, learn, and change. You certainly would not want anyone to begrudge you those beautiful precious abilities.
I’m going to try even harder to respect the honest efforts of myself, my friends, and the “other side” to improve the way we live together every day. To do that will likely require more than a few do-overs. Just remember the old adage:
If at first you don’t succeed – you’re normal – give it another go!