The Peace Pact

I’ve now participated in over 12 elections, voting for some democrats, as well as several Republicans.

Each election was more contentious than the one before, as politicians fought over the 2-5% of the population that isn’t firmly entrenched and divided.

This saddens me. There has to be a better way.  Maybe it’s not the politicians who need to change, but us, the electorate. Politicians simply mirror the people, and we are a deeply divided nation.

So, I’ve set a goal to create peace in my own little corner of the world through three pacts:

1) Judgement Free:

I commit to stop criticizing others, period. I did better with this in 2016, but still have a long way to go.

Yes, I will retain my strong opinions, beliefs and ideas. But the difference between an opinion and a judgement is dangerous.

Opinions are personal, they are about me or what I believe. Judgements are about others, or what others believe. Lets keep opinions, but drop ALL judgement.

Speak of the great things about your party, candidate or sports team, without making the other side/team wrong for theirs.

2) Positive Perspectives:

I commit to seeing only the good in others, even if I don’t agree with them. Rather than criticism, I will point out compassionate and more kind ways of sharing opinions, on both sides of the aisle.

And no matter what happens, I commit to look for the good in it.

I will replace negative views with a simple practice: assume positive intent. Assume the other person, political party, entity, or group meant well, even if I don’t agree with their actions or beliefs.

3) Appreciation Rules:

I commit to making appreciation a daily practice. I’ve scheduled an “appreciation break” on my calendar each day so the very act of appreciation becomes a habit. I will find things to appreciate, daily.

Please join me in this Peace Pact! If there is a better way, it must start with each of us.

Our Country and Our Workplace

To Share On Purpose Associates:

Regardless of political preferences, it’s safe to say that all of us are worn out from the 2016 elections. In the aftermath of the final results, although a Republican won, our country did not win.

That isn’t because of who was elected, but rather because of the political strife that would exist no matter which candidate won. As I watched the protests erupt last night in over 25 cities, I know that same demonstration would have occurred if Hillary had won. 

And for that, I am deeply saddened.

As a business leader, I cannot tolerate hateful rhetoric being exposed on either side of the political aisle. If you’re connected with me on Facebook, you will see I am eager to strike a healing tone, because I believe that everything works toward a higher good, even when it’s dark. That is the only responsible way to lead during a time when nothing makes sense.

One of the things I am proud of is the inclusiveness and diversity in our portfolio. Regardless of your age, race, religion, gender or sexual preference, you are welcome here. You are safe to be who you are, as long as we collectively maintain an intense focus on serving our clients. We will not tolerate hateful rhetoric, nor should you.

For some, including myself as a gay person, we are once again under attack. For others, it’s the color of your skin, your religion, your nationality, and now unfortunately your gender as well. The reasons for these attacks have and continue to be, based in fear.

Although there is no excuse for this destructive rhetoric, all we can control right now is our own little piece of this world. Working together, we can create a better workplace for ourselves, right here and now. We must be the change we wish to see.

Regardless of how you voted, we must focus on what unites us. We must look for the good, even when it isn’t easy to see. For we cannot force people to be fear-less, we can only show them why they have nothing to fear.
So, do not be afraid. Although this will be an incredible test of our entire political system, including the Constitution (est. 1789) and Bill of Rights (est. 1791), I believe good always prevails and decency will return. In the meantime, let’s lean on each other.

Lastly, I ask that each of us work extra hard to release anxiety, fear and anger, as we support each other in creating a better world.

Let’s build a place where great people do great things.

Terri Maxwell, CEO
Share On Purpose Inc. (And It’s Portfolio Companies)