Winning and Losing: Finding Some Common Ground
As much as possible, let’s try to behave with grace in the aftermath of this brutal election year. Both winners and losers have some healing to do.
Winners–we were all taught as kids that winners shouldn’t rub in their success. Remember how hard it is to lose and be gracious to those who are dealing with laws and leaders that may greatly impact their lives in ways they passionately don’t want. You won. Just like when your team beat another as a kid and you stood in a line to shake the other side’s hand, remember this is a time for restraint and compassion.
Losers–those of you who feel as if you were punched in the gut by last night’s votes, suck up your feelings of bitterness, your belief that something apocalyptic occurred. Try to regroup and figure out how to move forward in a world that is very different that you hoped and fought to make real. Of course, these election results are not a game. They may affect your life and the lives of people you care about in ways you believe are unbearable but don’t throw in your hand and stomp off leaving others to clean up the mess. Be gracious for now and figure out how to up your game for the next battle.
Whether you won or lost, remember most of the folks on the other side love kids, their pets and simple pleasures like sunshine on green grass. Try to connect with each other over this shared love. Reach out a little across that gaping divide. It really is up to you individually to be the best human you can be.
Also, remember, no matter how little we understand each other’s positions, we still need to try to communicate. This toddler explaining her book to her dog isn’t necessarily truly talking but she’s sharing what she loves with someone she loves. And, the dog, he might not understand, but he’s trying.
Video provided by Christina Giltzow.