Emotional Intelligence, it’s literally one of the hardest things to measure and develop. The majority of my reflection on life centers around whether or not I made the right intelligent decision versus an emotional one in every scenario. I am an innately emotional person. I have worked over time to suppress my emotional response and let reason and rational drive how I interact in the world. I don’t want to be a stoic or cold, but I want to avoid letting my emotions driving me to do or say things that my cooler head would never allow. This approach is a hard struggle, and at times I do make an emotionally driven mistake. In this time of divide, I am going to try and double down on this approach, because I want to be able to look back and show how I channeled my emotions into social passions that actually made a difference and not just noise.
Worse Before Better. Sometimes that is how things work. After last week, I am pretty sure we are experiencing that process right now. Eight years of progress seems completely halted by the last two weeks. We have to remember that before those eight years we were stuck in a quagmire of progress as well. So, with after a big deep breath, we must step back and look at the big picture and reflect. Take whatever strength we can from the wisdom of hindsight and use it to fuel the fight ahead.
#AlternativeFacts! That’s what it comes down to. If that’s the case, expect a vary heated, contentious and challenging four years. I encourage anyone not living in an Orange Clown imaginary world. Don’t be shy, question every bigot, coward and regressive zealot you come across. Pick a single issue and focus the conversation on them having to put validate their views against facts and a myriad of perspectives. Be hyper vocal, present and vigilant about everything happening around you locally. These four years will be a marathon and not a sprint. Travel and explore and share your multi-cultural interactions. We’ve seen backwards slides like this in history before, and we know, that the courage of those who see the truth will eventually light the way for all.
To be silent in the face of Evil, is to be a conspirator. Everyone is dealing with this post-election mess in their own way. I still can’t process though people who remain silent in the face of just outright lies and misinformation. Then again, seeing people go crazy and get lined up for Playoff Football, I fully understand. We just don’t value truth, facts and progress above the distractions in our modern lives. If people were equally as passionate about social issues as they are about NFL controversies, we problem wouldn’t have the education, healthcare, transportation and socio-economic problems we have today. Everyone will come up and say something when they see that team logo on your hat, but stay silent when crazy orange men insult civil rights leaders. I have started to remind people during our “Football” conversations what is really important, so they don’t let a game get to their heads.