Dr. Jeanne Robertson, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT
Dr. Jeanne is the Director of St. Paul's Center for Counseling & Education
Holidays are holy days, days set apart. To be holy is to be other, set apart in a positive way. And isn’t that what we want from our holidays? We want them set apart in positive ways. We spend time with family and friends. We gather in groups for fellowship. We are together to celebrate. We are looking forward to a joyful time spent together - TOGETHERNESS.
To be holy is to be set apart in a positive way. And isn't that what we want from our holidays?
But, even though we may all have a similar desire for joyful fellowship and togetherness, we all have different views about politics. And politics includes a whole lot more than whose running for a political office. Politics has to do with anything that effects individuals in a society or the society as a whole. So there is very little that isn’t political in some way.
Americans are very divided in our views on, well it seems like practically everything. Of course there are lots of things we agree on, but it’s the things we don’t that can get in the way of the holiday joy.
Americans are divided in our views on, well it seems like practically everything. What do we do when this gets in the way of holiday joy?
What to do? Here are a few questions to ask yourself.
How can you avoid controversy?
Consider taking a political "vow of silence," so to speak, during the holidays.
Remember your goal of a joyful holiday, a holy day set apart for celebration and togetherness, not a day focused on division and hostility. Be the peace you want others to be.