By Jackson Osteen
This November has been anything but normal for our country, and with recent emotions running high, it can be difficult (especially as a kid) to sort through the chaos and uncertainty that this election has brought upon us. This article has three principles that can help you better deal with your emotions and ease your minds during this period of division in our nation.
- Focus on what we have in common, rather than what divides us.
With what seems like everyone choosing sides, sometimes it will become our human nature to judge and be cruel to people who believe different than ourselves. It’s very important to remember that each and every individual has different ideas, but having differences does not mean others are inferior to us. We have to focus on our similarities. We are all Americans, no matter who we voted for.
- Seek to understand others opinion rather than voicing your own.
It can become easy, especially with the integration of social media in our lives today, to voice your opinion without rest. But, as you can tell your opinion, which is your constitutional right, make sure you support your candidate, rather than insulting another. Also, you may be surprised what happens when you listen to others instead of voicing your own opinion. You can always learn new things. Having an open mind can help you constantly check the things you believe. In the wise adage, most have heard a thousand times, “You have two ears and one mouth because you should listen twice as much as you speak.” In other words, build bridges, not walls (no pun intended).
- Respect the title “president” and the dignity that comes along with that role.
Whoever wins the presidency deserves the respect that comes along with that title, whether you support them or not. This nation has had 270 years of influential history, and at the forefront of that history is the president who guides this great nation. The title “president” deserves a great amount of respect in its own right, and it the duty of every American citizen to acknowledge that.