I imagine your family has rituals at thanksgiving too. Whether it's talking about what you are thankful for, or where you have dinner, with whom, or how you decorate your home, buying a locally grown turkey and local veggies or taking a walk to the beach together, there are things that make the holiday meaningful to you.
As I'm moving deeper into the world of local politics, I'm hearing on the doorstep people's partisan views -- what's on my mind, more and more, is the question: how can we, all of us, become more connected and resilient as we face the daily changes and challenges life brings our way?
As a community of individual's and families, though we each have our own opinions, we basically want some version of the same thing. A healthy, meaningful life which allows us to take care of ourselves and our families.
Lisa Williams said it well, "There is no them, only us."
"Looking past divisive politics and differing views to the person on the other side of the issue may be challenging, but it's not impossible." says Elizabeth Lesser, cofounder of the Omega Institute and author of Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow.
Lesser goes on to say, "Otherising" is the dangerous act of turning someone into the enemy just because he or she looks different, prays different, speaks different, or thinks different. Some of history's most tragic events—wars, genocides, terrorist acts—began with ordinary people demonizing other ordinary people." I would add 'votes different.