We have much deep healing work to do in the United States. The tension that has been building for years has revealed itself at the level that I hope it wakes us up. What might help us heal as a nation and ultimately, as a human society? Here are a few possibilities I want cultivate in my own attitudes and actions:
1. Try to state facts without exaggeration. Don’t twist facts. For example, whole cities weren’t burned down during the 2020 “riots.” Maybe whole city blocks, but not whole cities. State opinions with words like, “I think,” or “I believe….” rather than facts. It’s a fact that Joe Biden was confirmed as the next president of the US. If you believe there was voter fraud, that is an opinion that was not substantiated by the courts.
2. Be respectful. Resist the urge to resort to name calling or write things that will increase division. I can resist the urge to “like” posts on social media that reinforce division. Try to speak and write words of healing and understanding. Part of healing can be to express our feelings and grief which can include denial, fear, and anger. Can we express our feelings without tearing down those that feel and believe differently? Yes. We can. it might be a challenge, but we are writers. We can figure it out.
3. Look for common ground. We can do this as individuals, asking questions for understanding. It might simply start with a love for animals or nature, or a common hobby, but we have to start somewhere. Look for the bipartisan issues.
4. Support media stories about healing and the goodness of humanity. I know they’re hard to find, but good news happens. Encourage media to make healing a priority. Ultimately, it’s up to each individual to make healing a conscious effort, every day.
5. Find the courage to change the things we can, namely, our own attitudes and actions. Ask questions with the goal of understanding rather than debate. We can find the bridges that unite us, places where we can meet each other – sometimes in the middle, sometimes compromising at different points along the way.
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January 8, 2021 at 1:40 pm
Great words, JoAnne! I shared this blog with another friend.
January 8, 2021 at 8:38 pm
Thank you very much, Linda. That means a lot! (FYI, I fixed the typos.)
January 8, 2021 at 1:51 pm
I’m with you, JoAnna.
January 8, 2021 at 8:39 pm
Thank you, Rosaliene! I feel encouraged.
January 8, 2021 at 4:54 pm
Great post, JoAnna! ❤ Good advice.
January 8, 2021 at 8:40 pm
Thank you, Cheryl! ❤
January 9, 2021 at 12:30 am
I’m a Republican, but agree wholeheartedly. I also believe that every President we have had was right for the times. President Biden will do a good job I think, like every other President we’ve had. I hope so, anyway.
January 9, 2021 at 9:47 am
Dave, I greatly appreciate your positive attitude and your faith. You add to my hope that Americans can work together to ease tensions and improve the quality of life for all. Thank you very much!
January 9, 2021 at 1:01 pm
You bet. I’m really tired of all the bickering, attacks, and all the rest. I gave up on the news altogether. Even the news like The Epoch Times which I enjoyed for a time, is just as bad as CNN, and all the rest. It’s just a different angle (the right). I find both extremes untasteful at this point and left all of it behind. It’s like watching reality TV now. Surreal.
January 9, 2021 at 8:53 pm
I agree about the news. We need objectivity. Since there are new media outlets specializing in good news stories, maybe some day, we’ll have one that seeks to be unbiased and objective without sensationalizing. Anything is possible. 🙂
January 15, 2021 at 3:40 pm
January 9, 2021 at 6:20 am
Sound advice, JoAnna
January 9, 2021 at 10:28 am
Thank you very much, Derrick. I hope I can follow it. 🙂
January 9, 2021 at 12:35 pm
January 9, 2021 at 11:52 am
Thank you JoAnna. We need many bridge builders at this time. May healing begin and peace prevail.
January 9, 2021 at 12:09 pm
Thank you, Brad, for being a continuing voice for for healing, peace, and bridge building!
January 9, 2021 at 12:37 pm
Thank you for sharing!!.. dialogue with others while respecting another’s belief is the key… unfortunately there are closed minded ideologies in today’s world societies that do not wish to do that and technology has given them a voice.. one must be careful not to over react when dealing with those ideologies… “A home that is built with patience, understanding and love will withstand the strongest winds of difficulties and conflict , a home built with a closed mind, insincerity or haste will collapse in a mere breeze of discontent.” (Larry “Dutch” Woller ).. 🙂
Until we meet again..
May flowers always line your path
and sunshine light your way,
May songbirds serenade your
every step along the way,
May a rainbow run beside you
in a sky that’s always blue,
And may happiness fill your heart
each day your whole life through.
January 9, 2021 at 8:15 pm
I’m glad you could relate so well to my post, Larry. Sometimes it seems we as a species are not quite ready for so much technology. I do need reminders not to over react – not to give too much attention to the closed minded. Thank you for the lovely poem and insights. Take care!