Sometimes I can't keep up with the thoughts and ideas buzzing around in my head.
This was one of those weeks.
Last week's blog kicked off the avalanche of head swirls. In that blog, I addressed the growing trend of political masking - where the people of our lives espouse certain political ideas or parties instead of speaking their truth, because they don't want to lose favor with their tribes, loved ones and other relationships. It's senseless and sad that we've come to this point in our country.
Politics - Not My Thing
I mentioned that I mostly steer clear of public involvement in politics. It's not my thing.
The week brought a few conversations into my life because of the post. That's a good thing.
One of those engaging conversations was from a thoughtful and passionate activist who encouraged me to get involved and consider running for office - and to his credit, without pushing me to run for any particular office or party - saying we need smart, thoughtful citizens as elected officials. I was flattered. It was one of the most unexpectedly nice compliments I've ever received.
But alas, I like to like my colleagues. And based on viewing politicians from afar, I haven't seen many I'd like to know up close and personal, let alone work with to resolve problems.
Informed Citizenry - Definitely My Thing
I do believe we need citizens who are concerned enough to fully inform themselves. I research what I need to know as thoroughly as I can to make informed voting decisions. I discuss the political scene with only a few trusted friends who are also able to civilly discuss and dig into both or all sides of an issue to try to get at the truth. We don't feel the need to try to convince the other person to think a certain way.
Maybe that's because we understand that in America, we're free to make our own decisions. Kind of a radical idea, I know, but I also know many people see it the same way. We're simply not a vocal lot - because we don't feel the need to tell others how to think, let alone vote.
Good for those who do. It's part of the democratic process. Never say never, but it doesn't seem to be my calling.
Not Everything is Political
We each can - and hopefully do - make a positive difference with our lives. It doesn't have to be politically motivated. Not everything is political. Most things are simply life.
An acquaintance who's politically involved recently claimed that food decisions are a political choice. Yikes. If that's the thinking in this country, no wonder we got issues.
Someone I greatly respect said that political parties are founded on the principle of how to make money in one's life. Another yikes. It explains a lot, though, especially if that's how others see it too. I thought parties were founded on the concept of how best to run a country; i.e. help citizens to live well, safe and free. How to make money is one of many necessary subsets of life. Not the other way around.
Perhaps a Party that Goes Beyond Politics?
That discussion brought about another conversation, one revolving around unhappiness with both main parties, and their many issue-ridden, self-serving agendas (and sometimes peeps.)
While in our anti-party attitude, we came up with the idea of forming either the W.I.N.E. Party or the F.U.N. Party. Feel free to creatively make up your own words to fit the acronyms. The F.U.N. Party seems to have a couple letters that spoke for themselves. It won't likely ever happen - sigh - but the idea, even in jest, is telling of the mindset of people who are fed up with the current parties and their shenanigans. And I suspect that's the majority of Americans. To participate or find out, take part in our just-for-a-little-levity poll, below.
Good Questions, Good Conversations
So where does all this leave my swirly head - and maybe yours, too?
Dunno. Great question. I wish I had a great answer.
All I know is that there are lots of conversations happening these days that maybe haven't happened as much before, or not quite as openly - from myself included. Maybe we're finally getting over our collective grade school mentality of not talking with those we picked a fight with previously.
On Meet the Press today (yes, I'm old - why is it that watching it is an age marker?), it was the first time in two years that a member from each main party agreed to be on the show at the same time. A really huge Yikes that this was a holdout for them. The fact that they finally agreed to it may not be much, but it's a start. Kudos to those who are letting go of perceived egos, and starting to have constructive (and dare I say - better sit down for this - cooperative??) conversation.
To Divide or Not to Divide?
We seem to be at a crossroads in this country. Will we pull it together and band together for the greater good, and figure out solutions to problems together? Or will we continue to divide and not conquer?
The choice is ours.
I'm betting on an America that can still be as great as we say we are. We have it in us. We are pretty darn phenomenal.
Now, let's prove it to ourselves. And each other, And maybe even the rest of the world.
About Kris Harty: Kris is founder and CEO of shortCHICK, llc, She brings perspective and wisdom to the table, and helps smart people like you move from overwhelm and obstacles, to over it and moving on, in life and work, Step by Step. She's a speaker, author, podcaster, and creative, giving voice to hope, joy, encouragement, and wisdom.
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