Or maybe I am ....
But I am probably ....
My first mistake might be to consider myself intelligent and to recognize that Kerry is intelligent too. After all - as intelligent people we can figure all of this out. The bewilderment comes from just simply not understanding all the stuff. I really want to use the word "crap" but my mom hates that word - still difficult for me to put in print. Seriously - we got in trouble for using that word!!!
So I listen and watch the news and hear of all the difficulties and sometimes I don't see it from "their" side and take that statement whichever way applies to you. Sometimes I do not understand the "liberal" viewpoint and sometimes I don't understand the "conservative" viewpoint. I am just clueless - I simply do not understand.
Are we in a panic or are we really going to do what others are saying we might?
Why didn't the visitor get his credentials to stay?
Why do we have to verbally speak our minds when that speech is hurtful - ugly - and just mean?
Do we care about people? This one goes literally both ways - are the "liberals" caring about the "conservatives" are the "conservatives" caring about the "liberals"???????? (good grief).
Kerry and I are simply not always on the same page. I tend to be much more "liberal" than he is. He is "conservative". We live in the same house - we are married - we love each other. We cannot bash each other - we have to find a way to be on "sides" yet tolerant and understanding of the other.
I would say at times I am arguing my stance and at times it is him. I also believe in some situations we have changed the viewpoint of the other. But we do not totally agree.
And guess what????????
That is okay.
"Strength lies in differences, not in similarities" Stephen Covey once said.
We make each other better as we muddle through the USA in 2017. It is certainly different - and I completely wonder if I just missed stuff 8 years ago - and 8 years before that - and so on? This time it is different but I know we had people on different sides of the fence before - we have always had differences.
When one looks for thoughts on tolerance - there are many people that have statements. But I am also quick enough to realize that some of those will prompt the "other side" to not buy into the tolerance thought.... So I found one that surely all of us can respect and feel like the author has some credibility...
At the end of the day - that is what we are doing in my home. We are tolerating the other viewpoint. I honestly seek to understand and I know he is doing the same.
That is really what we should be doing with each other - with all of us. Are we seeking to understand?
My friend Shane Claiborne had the perfect tweet this week - okay friend is a relative word - I find myself agreeing and aligning with the things he shares - he is my friend just not one I get to hang out with -
I am agreeing with Shane.
Surely we can find a way to love and stand against hate. We must.
Always, May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14.