I suspect like many you are tired.
No matter the candidate, it has been a difficult time for many Americans.
This morning some Americans will celebrate and others will not.
I, woke up to dozens and dozens of emails from my friends…many I have met through Red Boot and many who are afraid.
My friends who are gay, my friends who are black and brown, my friends who are Muslim, Jewish, non-Christian and atheists…my friends who are immigrants, my friends who did not vote for Trump are afraid, very afraid.
What now, they ask. What now?
And here’s where I am this morning. For two years I’ve been leading The Red Boot Coalition, a non-profit dedicated to healing the angry divide between us, to building trust/bridges through intentional listening and honest sharing…and out of the thousands who have reached out and actively participated in the initiative…I can count on two hands…the number of folks who are Trump supporters…who have attended meetings and/or expressed a strong interest in the work that I am doing. (There could be many reasons for this…and so to name one would be pure speculation.)
A handful of those have become friends I see on a regular basis. (I know who you are and you know who you are and I appreciate you and I love you so so much💜💙)
Last night Donald Trump spoke these words and I quote directly:
“Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division; have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.
It’s time. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans, and this is so important to me.
For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people. . .
. . . I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country.”
So here I am…there are lots of us actually…and we are ready.
It is difficult to build a bridge from only one shore…impossible actually.
And so if you are serious, Mr. Trump and especially my fellow Americans who follow you, the Red Boot Coalition is here. I am here with an open heart and the desire to heal this nation. I am holding you accountable. I’ve been in this arena for a while and am not going anywhere. I want to find you and engage. It is time.
(I am going to be very strict about comments on this post. Hindsight for me this morning is 20/20 vision. I’m interested in what we do from here.)