Many of us are upset about the prospect of Trump as President. I know I am. There are a lot of questions to ask and a lot of blame to go around. That said, the biggest problem this election pointed out to all of us is that we are not talking with each other enough. This is true on both ‘sides’ of our country.
Conservative or Liberal or anywhere in between — we sit in our own bubble of news and friends and feel pretty darn good about ourselves as a result. We feel like we are right because we only look at news and media that supports our views. Clearly, this has created many divides in our country that are damaging to all of us.
I encourage all my friends, family, supporters, and readers to open your doors rather than close them. Not all the people who voted for Trump are overt racists, or misogynists. Some are just like you and me, trying to figure out how to solve the same problems we all have. We just come up with different solutions sometimes.
By opening doors, talking, listening, allowing other opinions on our social media feed or at your parties or in your neighborhood, you will be making positive change. Listening and talking are the most powerful tools we have.
I allow oppositional opinions on my social media dialogues and in my live conversations. My line in the sand is conspiracy theories. Facts, opinions, experiences — all are welcome. But if you tell me there is a unverified video or urban legend that you are citing, the discussion is done.
Verify your sources, be kind and open. My experience is that we have more in common with the voters for Trump than we think initially. They are not all demons and we are not all bleeding hearts. Time to talk. Bring it on!