Like many of you, I’m struggling with what to do after the results of our election on Tuesday. A few friends have posted a few tangible ideas on various social media platforms, and I loved them so much I wanted to create a list here so others can use those ideas, too.
- Volunteer at a local food bank, or start a food drive of your own.
- Pack Operation Christmas Child boxes.
- Wear a safety pin or use another way to let people know that you – and your office – are a safe space.
- Make connections with people you wouldn’t normally speak to or associate with because of your own biases.
My number one thought (besides sadness) since Tuesday has been simple: choose kindness. But how does that manifest itself in real, tangible ways that are examples to our children?
- Say thank you. If you work in an office, find out who brings the newly washed towels to the break room or fills the soap dispenser when it’s out. In a small office, it could be your co-worker in the cubicle or office next door. If you have a cleaning service in a large office building, write a note to say thanks and leave it on your desk or taped to your office drawer so the person can easily find it. A little thanks goes a long way.
- Be kind on the road. I have seen so much road rage this past week – even more than usual! – so I decided to suppress my own usual road rage and let people merge in front of me or pull in front of me in a busy intersection.
- Reach out to your friends and family members who are even more affected by the election outcome than you. Send a handwritten card, a text or call them to let them know that you will stand up for them and with them against hatred.
Thanks for reading Day 11 of NaBloPoMo!
Read other NaBloPoMo posts here:
Day 10: Long Live Snail Mail
Day 9: The Day After
Day 8: The Sun Also Rises
Day 7: Election Day
Day 6: Daddy’s Boys
Day 5: I’ll Just Leave This Here
Day 4: 2016 Book Lovers’ Gift Guide
Day 3: Once Upon a Hong Kong Winter
Day 2: Parenting Hacks
Day 1: Created Equal