If you live in the USA, I hope you will exercise your right and ability to vote in November. Please read/hear all sides of the issues you are voting for and learn about the person you are voting for. Ask questions if you are unsure of who and what to vote for. Please make an informed decision, and know that all our choices matter. Our voice matters.
I went to my local library last week and there were two women at a table, offering to register people to vote. If a person was already registered to vote, they still engaged each person with an offering of a pamphlet, website to learn about issues and reminding people to vote. I appreciate them for their volunteering and their engaged activism.
In 2003, Thich Nhat Hahn spoke to the members of Congress and highlighted the practice of deep listening as a way to reduce anger and violence, while building compassion.
He also asked people to lobby to their elected officials, saying “We have to offer them our insight, our compassion. We cannot just afford for them to be surrounded by advisers who do not have that insight, that compassion.
You can read the interview, listen to Thich Nhat Hahn via this link. Although the interview is about 15 years old it is still so relevant. Perhaps even more relevant today.
Deep listening is difficult, when we disagree with others and their views. Its really not for the faint of heart. Yet it is exactly at that point of difference when it is most crucial.
In Dalai Lamas words,
If you want others to be happy, practice Compassion. If you want to be happy, practice Compassion
Our choices matter. Our voice matters. Our future matters. Our planet matters.