Without getting into the ugly, sordid details of what brought on this post, here are the lessons that I would like to pass down to my own children during a time where our country feels divided.
There will always be people who have a different view and/or beliefs than you. That is okay. That is the great thing about our country. You don't have to agree with your neighbor to still be neighbors. Show everyone love, kindness, acceptance and respect (even if it doesn't feel deserved or is reciprocated).
You cannot fight everyone's fight. At times, what is most important to you, might conflict with that of another. This does not mean that you should never stand up for others. There are many voices that go unheard and need someone to speak up for them. Absolutely be that voice for them when possible. It means that you first and foremost stand up for yourself. When it comes to your health and wellbeing, you must make yourself a priority. Stand firm in your beliefs with dignity, but be humble and respect when others do the same -- even if it opposes (directly or indirectly) what you believe in.
Do not gloat when things go your way and do not criticize when they do not.
It is not your place to judge or make assumptions about people. A handful of "facts" and/or speculation won't take you very far. No one person has the same thought process and we all do things for a long list of reasons. Before you make accusations, ask questions. Look behind the scenes.
At some point in your life, a person/people may attack your character. Their words do not change who you truly are. They are theirs to own, not yours. You are in control of your choices and reactions. Make them with a good heart and intentions and a sound mind.
At times you will falter. That is okay. Forgive yourself and move forward. Understand the same will happen with others. They too deserve forgiveness and the chance to move forward.
You are strong, beautiful beings created by God. No one can change that or take it away from you.
When you are hurting look for the light. When others are hurting, be the light.
Most importantly, love is not based on race, religion, sexual orientation or politics. Meet Hate with love. Love one another fiercely and never stop spreading that love. 💛