A little love letter to my country….

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I love this country.
I wish I had a way to hold our collective hands, smile into each pair of eyes,
and whisper tender and strong,
“hey,  this is so not you.”
You aren’t defined by thisthe hurtful ads and jabs
and manipulative campaigns that saturate our feeds
until we’re forced to look away or go hard inside
so the poison doesn’t scald what we need to keep on living.

I want to plead,  “Do you see the children watching?  They can hear us.”
What are they taking in as we demonize and degrade the ones who’ve stepped into the arena
while we project our bias and turn down our thumbs with words increasingly lethal and obscene.

 I want to look over at the young ones and say “it’s okay,  we’re good,” and  then invite us all
to sit down together
at a table groaning with good coffee and wine and really yummy things
and make it safe to let our hearts speak,
to say our reasons and share our other-ness
without shame or defensiveness or assumption.

Because,  for the love,  we are spirit and bone and soul and skin
and it’s clear that this political machine doesn’t care who or what it grinds up
as it slashes through the airwaves,
feeding on our wounds and rage.

Much of what our eyes and ears get scraped across in the media
isn’t genuine news or even politics.
It’s emotional abuse.
So we  buy into the lie that there is a monster to be exposed,
goaded into to battle,  gladiator-style,  until the arena is soaked in blood
and even though it’s our collective blood that gets spilled
it’s okay,
because this is how progress is done,  yes?
No.
This is not who we are.

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I know smart,  big-hearted, wide-thinking,  and deeply feeling people
who plan to vote for each camp.  They really aren’t happy about this.
They don’t love their particular choice
but will make it because they see something in this specific platform,
among all that they dislike about the candidate,
that compels them to follow their heart and place their vote for this ticket

What might we discover by having meaningful conversations with our egos checked?
By engaging in inquisitive and respectful dialogue with other hearts
in order to listen wide.
By pursuing the meat of it,  not in debate,  but to hear the heart
of what is it that you want?
What is the hope that you are voicing with your vote?
By hearing deep their reasons and finding them maybe also valid

and worthy of respect.

Someone is going to win this election and our kids are going to have to find a way to function
in a country where a demonized-as-dangerous  figure head
has become their President.   We all will.
Will we be able to build and create more than we’ve destroyed and torn down?
I’m holding onto big hope that we will look back on this election as a tipping point in history
where we were shaken sober to become a civil, more noble society.

I’ll go and place my vote.
And,  yes,  I’ll likely throw up in my mouth a little bit while I pull the lever.
But I won’t give the political machine any more of my power
by buying into the hateful spirit it encourages.

Imagine a diverse community of people who respect the individual enough to listen and know,
rather than assume or reject or attack.
We will build this sacred space yet,  I believe…..regardless of who wins this election.
Neither of these candidates will save us.
But,  oh,  there is a field….

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field.  I’ll meet you there.”
– Rumi

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 “If we want to know,  love and experience community,
if we want to be part of creating a more peaceful world,  we will work to understand this:
Either everyone is special,  or no one is.
Putting yourself or another human being on a pedestal
– making yourself or someone else right all the time –
is a sure recipe for disappointment or conflict or loneliness.”
– Elizabeth Lesser

Comments

  1. LOVE Rumi’s wisdom.
    Time to celebrate our many similarities, rather than focussing on the differences.
    Hugs.

    • Good perspective. We don’t need to make enemies out of each other.
      I love the way you see – thanks for sharing,
      Jennifer

  2. From across the border I dare say, well said Jennifer… Politic never tasted good on my plate. Too much of the things that are not palatable and not enough of the tasty stuff.
    Hugas.
    Julia

    • Big hello and love to you where Autumn is already unfolding in the brilliant way
      it does with you:) Enjoy this one, Julia. Love to you and the farm,
      Jennifer

  3. Oops, it should be “” Hugs””. Julia

  4. Heartfelt, compassionate. Two qualities disturbingly absent in the current election. I’ll cast my vote and pray for our better selves to rise.

  5. So well said. This is the most respectful, loving political conversation this year. Bless you my dear friend!

    • Thanks, friend. I appreciate your input.
      And thanks for all the productive conversation you facilitate.
      It matters. Just so much.
      -Jennifer

  6. You have wise thoughts 🙂

    In current times all political candidates seem the wrong choice, they do not represent what people want or what they need.

    I say that as an English lady, but I see the same problem in America.

  7. I’m so very, very tired and feel so beat up and this after trying to stay away from the impossibly ugly and hurtful ads and all that has been going on for two years. I’m also very sad and disappointed and have had my mind blown wide open in rage and disgust and mistrust. So please, dear one, save me a chair at this table and a big mug of wine and we’ll open our arms to sweet hugs and hope that our world, and our children, can come out of this mess okay.
    xoxo

  8. Save me a chair too! I’m coming over!!!

  9. Yes, yes, yes, Jennifer!!! We do need to sit down together, share ideas, listen and respect each other. Thank you for this. xo

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