Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The New President

The new President is a point of conversation almost everywhere you go. We see all kinds of commentary, comparison, and analysis online. Since my values and his differ in many ways,  I find myself a bit worried about the future of our democracy, the planet, and services to the common man, woman, and child.

I have an inspiring Facebook group. They continually offer thoughts, resources, and discussion on multiple topics. As I synthesize their words and thoughts, I am moved to meet the new President with the following actions:
  • Respect. If I disagree, I will disagree respectfully. I won't stoop down to the name calling and personal assaults. It's best to model what you hope for, and that's what I'll do.
  • Read, research, and speak up. I'll learn as much as I can about the truth of his actions and speak up about it. We can't stay silent especially if the new President is making decisions that will have a negative affect on many.
  • Do good work. To disagree with another, it's important that you earn respect with your own good work. The more we can all "walk the walk" of our beliefs, the better we will be able to speak up and be heard.
  • Be objective. As much as possible I want to look at new policy and leadership with an objective lens and multiple resources.
The new President is creating a storm of discussion, decision making, and response. I will continue to think about this with care, respect, and response.  Onward.