I saw my role as teaching them to stay in conversation long enough to hear where they shared values and to build a solution from that point. A chapter heading from a book I was reading today says it all: Walking Our Talk — What We Allow We Teach. I am deeply devoted to life success. I have vowed during this season to not work to convince others to vote as I might — but to listen with care, hear what they want fixed, and finds ways to work together to fix it. My RNC friends (to which I have many as you would expect) are amazed how calm I remain when we have coffee and discuss politics.
P.S. I just took the photo on this blog. As my Facebook page showed, I attended my first ever political rally when President Obama was in Las Vegas. I kept wondering where to put the ticket I saved as a memento. As I was cleaning up my bookshelf in my office this last week I found what I thought was the perfect place: In the souvenir box from the only other political event I attended – the second inaugural of President Ronald Reagan. Both experiences are ones I will cherish forever.