In the aftermath of the election of Donald Trump, let us re-dedicate ourselves to the mission of peacefulness through a bowl of tea, and the principles of harmony, respect, purity and tranquility. These are turbulent times and people are very emotional. I don’t post about politics or my own political views, but someone recently posted a hateful, racist rant on my Facebook page. Fortunately, I get to review anything before it gets to be seen publicly on my page, but I wanted to write something thoughtful in response to it.
Even though I am a third-generation American, I have faced discrimination and racism in my lifetime. I have been told so many times to go back to where I came from. People have told me that it wasn’t personal, that it was an ignorant person, that I shouldn’t take it to heart. But when it happens, it feels so very personal. Where would I go back to? Where do I belong if not here? So many people are experiencing this and much worse than a posted rant in the last few days.
We cannot control what others think or do. How we feel and respond to others is the only control we truly have in our lives. We get to choose what kind of person we aspire to be and act according to our character and values. I could choose to be angry at this person, I could choose to be fearful and shut down. But that is not my character. I choose to stay open and loving. That is not to say that I will tolerate people acting hateful. I choose to call it out and say it is not acceptable. I call on them to choose another way.
If they can, I will say please come have a bowl of tea.