Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
This post is completely off topic, and it has been sitting in my draft box for the 3 weeks. As a rule, I try never to talk about politics.
But, before the topic of the recent American election becomes completely untimely, I wanted to share some post-election humor.
Everyone where I work, staff and patients, were shocked that Donald Trump won the presidency. It was so unexpected! I have never seen such a strong response to an election result.
I had many interesting discussions with my patients on this topic. I work in geriatrics, and the wisdom of the aged is a joy to witness. Their responses have been fascinating!
I wondered, “How is it possible that no one predicted that this would be the outcome?”
I believe that this lack of communication is due to the decline of civility in our society. Rather than talking WITH each other, people talk AT each other. Rather than communicating, people were too busy judging. Being right became more important that being loving.
If someone didn’t like Obama, you were branded a racist. If someone didn’t like Hillary Clinton, you were branded a sexist. If someone did like Trump, you were branded a racist too.
What this meant was that people stopped talking for fear of being branded a racist or a sexist. We were too closed minded to listen to others who had a different perspective. People became afraid to share how they were feeling and what they were thinking.
In the end, we all suffer. We lose the sacred art of listening. Fear, judgement and intolerance leads to isolation, loneliness and disconnection. So, when all else fails, I say, “laugh!”
On voting day, there was a huge line. The voting clerks said that this election was one of the highest turnouts ever.
This is a picture of my friend Wendy, who got this sticker after we voted. The clerks were very nice and gave me 2, one for Yaffa and the other for Raizel.
My friend Miriam sent me this picture. Since it has a food reference, I had to share it:
Finally, another friend, Sarah sent me this. When I read it to my husband, he laughed out loud!
I hope everyone enjoyed my post-election humor! Happy Thanksgiving!