Now that the dust has settled and the election is over, isn’t it time we all took a deep breath and reflected on our behaviour in recent days and weeks. Did we all conduct ourselves in a fair and balanced manner? Did we display kindness and respect to our fellow humans, no matter what their personal beliefs and political affiliations? A lot of us, myself included, would probably say no. We dropped the baton a few times, we let ourselves and others down.
Making mistakes is allowed, it’s how we respond to these and ensure they are not repeated when we find ourselves in a similar position next time. Life is constantly about learning and improving. Many make it their life’s work to do so, while others turn a blind eye to the truth of their own flaws. Stressful, emotional times like these tend to show people in their true colours. The mask slips and we see them for who they truly are, warts and all.
I’ve been heartened and encouraged by a lot of what I’ve seen on social media and the wider world. There have been a few disappointing exceptions, however, fellow bloggers and tweeters who have shocked me with their vitriol and venom. There is no need for that in today’s society. Measured debate is and should be the norm as opposed to shouting and ranting. From this side of the Atlantic, which has seen its fair share of both, it’s not a good look. Believe me.
I’m hoping people can move on now, bury their differences and focus on themselves, their families and communities. Most will do so and get on with their lives. Those who don’t and continue to gnaw at the past are only hurting themselves in the long run. Anger and bitterness are a cancer that will only eat away at you, stripping you of all that is good and virtuous. We are better than this. Don’t let the past eat you whole.