The GEM Debate:
How Do You Heal A Nation?
Well. We knew this day was coming. November 7th. It’s the day that we have to decide if we are letting a few of our Facebook friends back into the fray and how to get inspired to make this administration work for us.
See, no matter who you wanted to win last night, you still are a member of this society and you deserve everything you wanted from your candidate. That’s still the president’s job, but it’s our responsibility to make sure that it happens. As a parent I have a very unique look into how you split the baby so to speak. It happens every day. I’m the head of my household, but some days someone wants pizza only and on that very day the other wants noodles. The point is they both have to eat, I would like them to be relatively happy about it, and, no matter how hard the pizza-noodle battle was fought, we have to lay our heads down as a family. That’s what has to happen now in our country. But how?
My only solution is that we as a people have to first take steps to heal friendships. Honestly, I got into a debate about gas vs. voting last night that made me so sick I couldn’t continue the conversation. This was with my fellow party mates so I can imagine how some are feeling this morning as they wake up having had heated debates about the nation’s politics in the last few months or even the last four years. Those relationships have to be mended. Then there is the work in our communities. We have to keep our eye on all our elected officials and keep them true to what we as families, communities, states and the country really want. All the memes were great, but it takes a lot more than that to make government work and we need to become involved. People say if you don’t vote you can’t talk, but what if that is the last of your civic involvement? Well, I say let your voice rise from the PTA to the White House. There is nothing too small nor too big for you not to have a hand in conquering.
In the coming days and weeks President Obama will need to have a lot of conversations; some with people who couldn’t have worked harder for his campaign and others who worked diligently against it. His job is diplomacy. He is now our leader and I say we follow in the same diplomatic vein. That would be my opinion on how you heal a nation.
What about you; what do you think needs to be done to heal a nation? Sound off!
Ella Rucker is a mother of a two-year-old girl and the guardian of two boys. She is currently working on dispelling the myth that being a “stay at home mom” has anything to do with staying at home. Ella moved from Ohio to New York City twelve years ago where she is currently assisting the head GEM and proving that sticking your neck out just might help you win the race. She loves to read about the “mental laws” and seeing them work in her life, but her greatest joy is laughing madly and wildly with her daughter who amazes her everyday. You can also find her writing for mochamanual.com or by following her tweets @ellalaverne.