Dear Friends of The Engaging Educator:
The last week was difficult for many of us here at EE. I can say without hesitation, as a 100% woman-owned and operated business, we’ve had a rough week. Personally, I’ve found myself in a myriad of emotions – from sad, to rage, to charged, to distracted, then back to sad. And you know what? It’s all ok.
This isn’t a plea to move on. This isn’t an ask to cheer up, or to protest, or to rage, or to make beautiful things. It IS an ask to start listening better. We at EE maintain that listening and communication are essential skills that we all need to be better at.
The two most powerful things I’ve seen this past week – the first, a post on Twitter from a friend: “Request: stop dictating how others are handling their grief/confusion/fear. It only divides us. Just be a good human, please.”
It is ok to be whatever you are feeling right now. People have been giving flack for posting happy photos, or ‘normal’ posts, or Harry Potter quotes – and if you’re just ignoring what happened, that’s on you – but do not criticize how people are handling this. We’re all different. Let everyone deal with grief in their own way.
The second was a friend’s photo from the protests in NYC. She had captured a sign that said “They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.” We will all grow from this – I refuse to believe this is the downfall of all that is good in the world. After we grieve, we take action.
More on our post-election thoughts here, in our weekly video. I’ll let you decide to watch it or not:
Finally, just take care of one another. I’ve hugged more people in the past week than every, and while a hug can’t save us from the hate in the world, the fact we are all in this together can. Elevate each other, look out for one another, and again, listen better.
Yes, Anding and Elevating Ya’ll Forever-
Jen Brown, Founder
The Engaging Educator