The Election is Over, Can We Return to Respectful and Truthful Discourse?

Whew.

I don’t know about you, but I am glad the mid-term election is over.

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Your conversations tell others your values as well as your knowledge.

The misinformation, truth-shading and omission of facts that would otherwise provide clear understanding was exhausting, dehumanizing and demoralizing.

A woman I respect very much shared her point of view about the state of public discourse, not only by politicians, but by all of us:

“I am clearly shocked at the many who claim to be Americans but show such distaste for Americans. Today we are less concerned about helping each other and those who are suffering and more about what’s in it for me. You’re worried about the direction this country is taking? Me, too, but not for the same reasons. There is a darkness in our country and it’s not Obamacare or the debt ceiling. It’s selfishness, elitism, hatred, and a lack of humanity.”

Wow. There’s a lot of power in her words, and a lot to think about, no matter your political point of view.

When you fail to speak with respect for others and for the truth, you get disrespect and lies in return.

When you speak with respect for others and for the truth, you get respect and truth in return.

Your Personal Appraisal

  • What do others hear when they listen to you speak?
  • Do they hear truth, respect, acceptance? Or do they hear selfishness, elitism, hatred?
  • What other values do they hear?

Life Is Honest, Open and True: Your words give more information about who you are than they do about what you know. Your opinions can be shared with respect and without misrepresenting facts or others’ points of view or actions. Today, take time to choose your words so that others hear that you value honesty, you value open communication, and that you value truth. Because when they know you value these things, they know you are worthy of their respect.

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