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My Promise to You After the Election

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We are clearly at a turning point in America. This election has fueled an anger that, from my perspective, has many as concerned about what will happen AFTER the election...as much as what is happening now. 

I am so sad (and yes angry sometimes) about how politics is tearing us apart. And so here I am...with an open heart...letting my American friends know that I am not one to be feared after this election is over. I promise to do my best to listen, to work toward peaceful dialogue and understanding with those around me.

This does not mean I may agree with you. It also doesn't mean I won't express anger. Anger is what got me here. I will continue to stand up for myself and others. 

What it does mean is this...and it's really quite simple...I will strive to be kind when expressing my views. I will strive to listen first...to understand...to put myself in your shoes. 

I think there are a lot more of us on each side of this political debate...who yearn for this more than might appear in the media. 

The idea is simple. 

If you want, yearn, hope for more kindness and respect between us after the election is over...won't you join me...and promise to work toward that end in all areas of your life? I am not seeking perfection here. Anger is normal and expected. What I am talking about...is the willingness to try and be kind in the process, to listen first to understand. 

This idea isn't really all that original. Some of our greatest leaders and teachers...Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, Jesus...have shown that this is the way to speak truth to power...to truly change things. 

The change begins with us...begin being the operative word.  

Molly Barker

Founder, The Red Boot Coalition and Girls on the Run International



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