Post - Election
As I close my eyes and drift away to a land where there is love, health, peace and blessings. I wanted to take the time to think and reflect. The truth is that I have been taking the time to think about the after - math of the horrendous race up to the election outcome. Bloody, deaths, earthquakes, shootings, and severe losses that will never be forgotten. As much as it is my hope that we begin to move to a place of unity - maybe we have at the level of the macro. But at the level of the individual, to those that have suffered and sacrificed at the cost of this pain - it will take time to heal.
As we see students march on the streets, in a place of deep distress because of the election results, instead of encouraging these protests, I think that it is a time for everyone to simply except the results. And ask the question - how can a winning and a loosing side heal and move to a place of a, healthy and wholesome leadership, that is nourishing for all walks of life. Everyone is hurt in someway or another.
And I think that this is where the educators role can be utilized, why not use these moments as teachable moments. How can we incorporate ideas of unity in a classroom? Sometimes our opinions will differ. It does not mean one person's opinion is worthy and the other one is not. It just means that our opinions differ and that we can learn from each other.
I would also encourage educators at all levels not to bring in their own preferred political opinion to the classroom as well. For example - if your candidate lost then don't download your negative views about the winning candidate to your students. The candidate that won the election has been selected, and it is now the time to move into a mode of acceptance. You see, a student sees an educator as a role model, someone that they can look up to. If a specific preference is mentioned now, it is a type of indoctrination, an invisible suggestion of compliance. We can help navigate a child / students political opinion, but as educators, we should never force our opinion upon a student.
As we move along into the mode of transition it is time to be mindful of the fact that America is a diverse nation. How is this diversity going to be preserved? How will individuals from all walks of life begin to feel comfortable and welcomed by a new presidency? As the deep divides have been uncovered, it is now up to our new leaders and teams to take a stand for all of America. If you really think about it, individuals, groups and communities who are in a position of opposition are worrying about something that may never happen. maybe it is time to await the unfolding, and see what our new President has to offer?
Let us move beyond killings, shootings, bloodshed, let these serve as a reminder - that America can and will do better.
Dedication: These thoughts are dedicated to President Elect Donald Trump and family. Thank you for taking a stand for our country, our sincere regrets for all the disruptive comments and horrific campaign sabotage attempts. It is with these words our hope for a new and brighter tomorrow are offered. Thank you! :)
Notes: These thoughts were originally hand - written on 28th November 2016
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