United in our values

Republican or democrat, we need to stand strong for the values we believe in – an inclusive society that does not judge or persecute people based on race, religion or gender.  A society where acceptance, love and respect brings everybody up and pushes nobody down.  As we reflect on this week, we’re sharing a few of the most important things we’re focused on to keep our country moving forward in a positive direction. When my son asked “what will happen now that we have Trump (someone who doesn’t like black people or immigrants) as our president”, I replied, “It means now more than ever before you have to fight for what you believe in – for kindness, for love, for having trees when your my age, for having friends of all race and religion. It means you can’t be lazy about your values, you have to stand up when you see something or hear something that is unkind, work harder in school, and have more fun on the playground.” Listening is so important in response to the election. We're so quick to speak and respond when maybe we should be quiet and listen. Strive to take part in the tough conversations in order to be more aware of everyone’s feelings, opinions and experiences. Every single human being has a story to tell that is worth listening to and deserves to be respected. Young or old, democrat or republican, conservative Christian or Muslim, there's something to gain from each story. To love well is to listen well and we can ALWAYS use more love. Focus on food! Our food memories and traditions can continue to bring us together So many people are angry right now, and rightfully so. I’m ready to fight – for the gay men I know who just gained the right to marry the person they love. For the strong women who inspire me every day to reach for the stars and never look back. For my black, Muslim and LGBTQ friends. And for everyone else who feels unsafe in our country every day. While we stand up to fight, though, we can’t let anger take over our hearts. Let’s lead with compassion and kindness and not lose sight of what we’re truly striving for – equality, justice and a country that feels like home to everyone who lives here. I love this quote that I came across on Facebook: "May the election of Trump bring forth the fiercest, smartest, toughest generation of ass-kicking women this country could possibly imagine." Let's all strive to raise ourselves and each other up, and kick some ass in the process! What values are you striving to focus on? Share them with us on Facebook and Twitter.