We are a country in turmoil. It seems most people have taken sides and no one wants to listen to what the other side has to say. I’m guilty of this too. While much of the world is being ravaged by natural disasters (our country included), we are fighting each other. Don’t get me wrong, I see plenty of examples of people helping people but not enough. We can do MORE!
We need to start looking at different perspectives. We need to put ourselves in others shoes. We cannot do this by continuing to go to the same sources, the same people we have always relied on. It is time to step outside our comfort zone. I would love suggestions of reliable sites, blogs, etc that can help shed some light on different viewpoints. I recently shared on my personal Facebook page an article from Good Black News (https://goodblacknews.org/2016/07/14/editorial-what-i-said-when-my-white-friend-asked-for-my-black-opinion-on-white-privilege/). I felt it was insight. I need more!
I think we also need to go out into our community and start interacting with different people. We can start by volunteering, attending a school event, a church event, or a community gathering. Then we can talk to a few people we don’t know. Conversations can lead to understanding.
In addition, we can be stop making assumptions. We don’t know another’s story, their struggles, or what led them to where they are now. We can, however, be KIND!
Stefanie F. Pisarkiewicz, LPC
Experience and information from a counselor and mother- sharing her two cents on children and teens.