Monday, November 07, 2016
What to do on Election Day
1. If you live in the United States of American and are registered to vote,
then please, please, please vote.
2. Smile at the volunteers at the voting place.
They are going to be working a long and difficult day tomorrow.
Dealing with many hundreds, perhaps thousands of voters.
Some of whom will be angry and impatient.
Please don't be one of those angry, impatient, and mean voters.
My mother is a volunteer at a voting place here in Charlotte.
So before you think to say something rude or mean or impatient,
remember that the person you will be dealing with is someone's mother or father
or sister or brother or friend. Someone's significant someone.
Please be respectful.
3. Be kind to folks who express political opinions that are different from yours.
We are all concerned about this country.
We may not agree on how to deal with our concerns, but we are one nation.
We are the United States of America.
In the words of Rodney King, "Why can't we all just get along?"
4. Pray. Pray. Pray.
Be still and know.
Send up smoke signals.
Whatever you do to beckon peace and calm, please do it.
And you don't have to live in the US of A to do any of that.
5. Make plans to reach out in peace to people who know who are on the "other side of the aisle," extending a peaceful hug, handshake, or high five. Truthfully, we need to find ways to cross the aisles, boundaries, borders, and retaining walls that we have constructed during this election cycle - and during the past several presidencies. We need to find ways to cross the moats and gator infested waters that we have constructed around our tribes and clubs and social circles and faith-based enclaves.
Earlier today, I read this hopeful and challenging piece by a woman I met a few years ago,
a gifted writer, a passionate pastor, and an all around compassionate woman, named Kathy.
Here is a taste of the wisdom she shares in her blog post about who we need to be and what we need to do after tomorrow, after election day:
But here we are, flawed messy beautiful human beings, left with an important task as tomorrow comes and goes.