I almost didn’t write today, partly because the question of the day once again did nothing for me. The prompt was something on divorce. I didn’t feel like writing about conflict of any form when I’m facing enough conflict in my life right now.
This is the first election that has really shaken me to my core, and I know I’m not alone in feeling this way. The 2016 Presidential Campaign was long and divided, and anyone who thought this tension would vanish upon the campaign’s conclusion is naive. The energy that fueled this election is not the kind of energy that just dissipates. It’s real energy that requires space. Right now, half of the country feels suppressed and scattered, and uniting is going to take time and reparative action.
And while many of us know this to be the most grueling election in our lifetimes, it is certainly not the first time that people have felt this way.
But, never before has such conflict been so persistent. We now have at least four different digital channels that we can use to talk, yell, cry, connect, debate – we’re Tweeting, Instagramming, Snap Chatting, Facebooking, maybe even injecting our thoughts to our LinkedIn circles. Fueling our 24/7 discussions is 24/7 headlines from the media that never sleep.
We’re so wired and entangled in divide because we don’t have a safe place to process our emotions anymore.We’re constantly at the defense of what, why and how we are thinking.
I. just. want. silence.
Not the kind of silence that smothers voices that need to be heard. Just, the kind of silence that promotes thinking before speaking. The kind of silence that gives grieving a proper space. The kind of silence that allows us to refuel our tired souls.
That is why I didn’t want to write today. But I wanted to share this idea with all of you first.
Please, can we all take a moment of silence? A moment to reflect. To understand. To observe. To process. To plan. To hope. To strengthen.
Now is not the time to question, to debate, or to further spread hate and divide. We may not be able to agree or to unify, but we should be capable of putting our weapons down.