“Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them do Unto You”

When Trump won the presidency in 2016, I was devastated. I had never felt that way before with the outcome of an election. I naively made the mistake of expressing my sorrow on social media. I was shocked by the number of people (friends) who pounced on my post and responded with hurtful statements. One person asked me if I was being a sore loser. It was harsh. I was shocked. These responses made the pain that I was experiencing even greater.

As a result, on that day I vowed I would never do this to anyone. (To be fully transparent, I did post one celebratory note yesterday. It was not a gloating or “rub it in your face” intent.) My point is, my friends who voted for Trump have experienced a loss like I did. Their candidate lost in an historical political contest. I will treat them the way I want to be treated, with respect and support.

To my friends who voted for Donald Trump – I know you are disappointed and perhaps beyond so by the outcome of this election. I know it’s hard. You’re in the place I was four years ago. I don’t know what you are feeling right now but I might have some idea of it. I’m sorry. It hurts. I’m here for you.

Final thought: We have an opportunity to heal and it can happen one person at a time. If you truly care about this country and the divisive climate in which we find ourselves, find ways to talk to and “hear” what those with views different than yours feel and think. You may not agree but at least you might start to understand. This can then lead to a rebuilding of trust and perhaps ultimately a healing of the division we currently see. We truly are in this together.

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