Whether you wore a hat with an H or one that ordered you to make America great again,
Whether you are pro-choice or pro-life,
Whether you live in rural Texas or urban Los Angeles,
There is one thing we can all agree on…
This country is divided.
People wept at the thought of their candidate losing, or maybe more to the point, at the thought of the opposition winning, unable to imagine how the people of their country could possibly elect the other. In the backs of some minds, we wondered if the sun would even still rise if our candidate didn’t win.
I can relate. I was one of them.
But the sun did rise, and it rose for ALL of us. Children got ready to learn and teachers got ready to teach. Hurrying parents ran out the door with coffee cups and toast in their hands. Restaurant deliveries were made and babies were born, in red states and blue.
Whether your candidate won or lost, your world kept going.
When we feel disoriented in a divided country, a divided community, or a divided home, it’s essential to find places to come together and find peace, even if it’s just for a moment. You might find it in a yoga class, a book club, a card game, or a spiritual community, but I hope you find it somewhere.
I find this comfort in my spiritual community. Now, spiritual institutions aren’t always without their own personal struggles. Goodness knows we have all experienced communities that are suffering with some sort of divide of their own. But my community was created to get away from all that. It was our hope to be small, intimate, caring, and supportive even when the going gets tough. It’s a place to come and leave your worries at the door. A place to be lifted when you are down, and a place to lift others when you are up. We even wrote conflict resolution into our bylaws for any time drama may arise (but so far, so good, no drama 🙂 )!
So, whether your candidate won or lost last night, find a safe place to navigate this divided country of ours. Let’s create safe environments for ALL of us to share and rejoice and weep. If nowhere else on this planet of ours, let’s be together in our churches, synagogues and mosques, with an eye toward the future, an eye toward peace, and a helping hand for those who need us.
For those of you in Los Angeles, I’ll see you Friday night at Cool Shul for our spiritual getaway. Let’s focus together on all for which we are grateful (red or blue). New adventures are coming, our students are becoming men and women, and we are fortunate enough to be able to supply the items needed for the boxes YOU will put together for Operation Refugee Child.
I think we can all agree that all of that is worth celebrating.
Be with us.