Friends · From the Heart

Be gracious, smile, and love the SH*T out of people.

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This election. I am not saying anything else about it. I know you are feeling like this country might be torn apart at the seams. I am not going to post my opinion one way or the other. Here is what I do know:

  • You and I might have different opinions. Different opinions about how the election went. Different opinions about what we need to do now as a country. Different opinions about how the political parties should behave. Just because we disagree or we agree does not make me love you any less. I will love you regardless of our differing view points. I will not unfollow anyone on social media… you have an opinion and you live in a country that allows you to voice it. I just ask that we are all a little more gracious in our voicing. Your opinion is not right, wrong, absolute, perfect or the truth… it is your opinion. I was sitting in the airport yesterday morning before the sun came up and listening to two individuals talk about their happiness with the results of the election… stating their opinion like fact. What they did not see in their demonstration of discussion was how uncomfortable, angry, hurt or pissed off it made EVERY single person around them. They are people too. We all have feelings. In your desire to express yours, please just don’t hurt others. Be humble knowing your opinion is yours alone. Be gracious and walk softly. Your friends and your family are your pissed off spouse right now… don’t run around yelling you’re right or they are wrong… that does not fix the marriage.
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  • What America needs now is to know that people who disagree with them do not hate them. Smile at people. And I mean really see them. Look them in the eye and smile like they matter. We don’t hate each other. In the same way that Mizzou Misses Kansas… even though they would preach to end Kansas… they miss them now that the rivalry is over. We need disagreement to make us stronger. Stop focusing on why people are wrong and start focusing on why people are HUMAN just like you. Empathy could go pretty far this week. You can never fix it by only spending time with people who agree with you… you HAVE to cross the river to see what the other side is saying.
  • I’m going to get through these next few months with one mantra. Love the SH*T out of people. People need love and acceptance. You and I might be on very different pages but you are deserving of love. Mostly to the people in the airport or on social media who are throwing out hurt bombs with their words… I am going to grit my teeth and love them, because they don’t know what they do. Mother Teresa said, “Spread love everywhere. Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.’ I am NOT Mother Teresa, but I think we could all learn from a woman who made an incredible impact through loving.
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Please you all. lets turn to love, grace, and human connection. My little heart cannot bear the opposite.

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