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When will real healing start in America?

November 12, 2016
It starts with each one of us!
Here is a blog entry from the Center for Courage and Renewal, an organization that was founded by Parker Palmer, and it devoted to creating space for an inner journey that leads to wholeness.  Their mission states:
Our mission is to create a more just, compassionate and healthy world by nurturing personal and professional integrity and the courage to act on it. (excerpt from their mission)
Here is the message I received from them.

Dear Friends,

There are no quick fixes to invoke.

We need time to heal.

Time to come together.

Time to process the complexity of the moment.

We recognize the paradox of needing time and feeling urgency. Our wish for us all is both voice and agency.

For today, we just want you to know we’re thinking of you.

With love from the staff at the Center for Courage & Renewal
They included this quote from Parker Palmer and the Escher drawing.

The spiritual life is lived in a balance of paradoxes_ and the humility that enables us to hear the truth of others must stand in creative tension with the faith that empowers us to speak our own. - Parker J. Palmer

We now have to live with the paradox that a person was elected to be President of the United States who is not supported by 50% of the 120 million voters.  In addition, this 50% (which includes me) believe that Donald Trump is not the role model we want to represent our country.  We can turn to peacefully protesting his election to the highest office in the United States, which we have the right to do.  We can turn to violent protesting because we believe the system unjustly elected a man who is not qualified and our anger cannot be channeled any other way.  Finally, we can turn inward and search for ways that we can involve ourselves in the political process so our voices are heard.  In America, there are many ways to get involved in politics at a local, state, or national level.  I am going to invest my time in the third option because I believe that is where my voice can have the greatest impact.

When all is said and done, the American people (50% of us) elected Donald Trump to office, despite the fact that Hillary Clinton received  about 0.3% more popular vote…but not over 50%.  We have a responsibility to “hear the truth of others,” the 50% who invested their hope in Donald Trump and not Hillary Clinton.  Why?

Read another Center for Teaching post, Five Habits of the Heart: The Work of Parker Palmer.  This piece illustrates Parker Palmer’s call for a new and different investment to make democracy in America work  again.

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