It was suggested to me recently that my blogs are dominated by divisive talk, hateful rhetoric and judgemental fingerpointing. That I am obsessed with the election results and with Trump becoming our president. It was also suggested that I stop sharing my blogs on Facebook because I am opening myself up to people who disagree with my strong opinions and their reactions may upset me. It was also suggested that I blog more about the happenings in my classroom because those stories, I presume, are more fun and entertaining to read.
Yes, I am far more engaged in what is happening in politics than I have ever been… I watch more news and read more about world issues… I also have more discussions. After looking back at my blogs I can see that many of my posts during and after the election were challenging to people who hold a different opinion. They were meant to be. If you read them to the end, for the most part, they are a call to make the world a better place, become active and to pay attention to what is going on around you. If you don’t agree with them, they were meant to make you uncomfortable. Because, if you know and like me, you might wonder why I hold such strong opinions that are different from yours. My hope is that my blog makes you think more deeply or just from a different perspective (not to suggest that you are not a deep thinker). The title of my blog is ‘Look for the Joy’… and even when my blog is a frustrated rant, there is that spark in there of hope and joy… you can choose to see it… Yes, I was and still am, frustrated with the America who voted for Trump… did I write about that… of course, why would I not. Did you have to read it – no, you did not.
This is my platform, my blog and my thoughts. You are free to read or not to read. If you just want to be entertained by funny quips and silly stories then this is not where you will find them. If you choose to distance yourself from me, my ideas and my family then that, too, is your choice. This is me speaking my heart… about life, politics, loss, love, hope and joy… I am willing to take the heat for my ideas… But if you know me, just because I disagree with someone does not mean that every encounter or any encounter needs to be an argument… that is a choice as well