Getting Through the Next Couple Weeks

Dear friends –
I think we’re probably all the targets of fear-mongering and hate-mongering right now – it’s a week before the elections, after all.

So I want to say this to my conservatish friends – I maybe don’t always understand why you vote the way you vote – but I trust you’re doing what you think is the right thing to do. I’ve seen you reach out to those in need. I’ve seen you come to the defense of people who are different than you. I don’t believe you would willfully cause harm to others. I think you’re doing the best you can in very confusing and challenging times.

I trust you know the same is true of me – left-wing snowflake that I am. 

We are all in this together – left, right, upside-down, and in-between. Let’s do what we can to help each other get through the next couple weeks, okay? Remember the power in kind words and a friendly smile.
– Karen

“Clad in the panoply of Love, human hatred cannot reach you.”
– Mary Baker Eddy

“‘Love one another’ (I John, iii. 23), is the most simple and profound counsel of the inspired writer.”
– Mary Baker Eddy

Kind people, unite!

I am discovering there are a lot of beautiful people in this world:

  • One of my dear Facebook friends asked me to tell my students (who are mostly Latino) that she loved them. This teared me up. One of the students – a student I know has been dealing with some fear today – happened to appear at that moment and I passed on my friend’s message. He smiled and thanked me and left the room to go wherever he needed to go next. Pretty soon one of the counselors comes up, smiling. He tells me the student I’d just been talking with asked him to come up and make sure I was alright. He says the student’s concern really touched him. It really touched me, too.
  • My friend, John, who voted for Donald Trump, FB messaged me last night to ask me how I was doing! And he stayed on Facebook and listened to my answer – and responded with nothing but kindness.
  • AND another friend who voted for Trump joined me and three of my fellow Clinton supporters in a group hug yesterday.

    Solidarity, my friends – not solidarity in this party or that party, or this candidate or that candidate – but solidarity in kindness. If humanity is going to survive, I’m thinking this is the kind of solidarity we’re going to need.

    Kind people, unite!

    And now pictures of the sunset last night – just because…

Starbucks Cups

For crying out loud! When did it become unpatriotic and divisive to want to bring people of different backgrounds together?!! When did showing love and kindness to others become a political issue?! You’d think people of every stripe and polka dot would at least be able to agree on the notion that kindness and love are good things! If this has now become a partisan issue – I want to belong to the party that promotes love and kindness, thank you very much.

“‘During a divisive time in our country, Starbucks wanted to create a symbol of unity as a reminder of our shared values, and the need to be good to each other,’ said Howard Schultz, the coffee giant’s chairman and CEO.”