LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Time to heal

By Shannon Johnson | Published Wednesday, May 8, 2019
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Lincoln warned, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

Whatever your position on the outcome of the recent elections, there is one thing we can all agree on: we are glad it is over and we’re ready to move forward.

Our community is weary from the division and in much need of unity and healing. There were strong emotions from everyone – friends, colleagues, family members, churches, and neighbors – feeling tension and effects of strained and/or broken relationships.

After such a polarizing election, it is time to put down our “weapons” and reach out our hands in unity. Let’s replace the blame and heavy hearts with sincere intentions and purposeful acts of restoration. Not everyone saw the turbulence the same, where the breakdown began or why it continued, nor did we all agree on the solutions to resolve them.

We are all in agreement that we want what is best for our students, staff, and community, even if differing opinions of how to do so. I believe there is more that unites us than divides us. It can be difficult to accept results when not our preference, which every one of us at some point in past several national elections has experienced.

Regardless the election is over, and a record number of community stakeholders have used their voice and vote. Some are disappointed at the results, some are excited and possibly others a little of both. I can empathize with the feeling of loss, and understand needing time to absorb and maybe a little space and time to grieve. I can also empathize with those that are feeling hope and excitement after long-standing division and feeling ignored or devalued.

My hope is that we will work to begin healing today. What can we do? 1. Say, “Enough already!” Let’s be done with the ugliness and division. “As long as it is up to me, I will choose peace.” It may sound cliche, but being kind, compassionate, and listening to each other goes a long way. 2. Volunteer. Find an opportunity to give back. This will unite us with other people we wouldn’t normally get to know and together experience the empowering feeling of making a difference. Different people bring different points of view and experiences and sharing in authentic community and serving together may bring small steps to build unity upon. 3. Forgive. Mark 11:25, “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you.”

Thank you to Cheri Boyd, Thomas Houchin, Mr. Rivera, Chris Lowery and Stan Shults for your willingness and boldness to step out and make a difference. You are all appreciated.

Shannon Johnson
Decatur

One Response to “Time to heal”

  1. Maritha Gan says:

    School Districts are defined as “Local Government Entities” and they are way OVER FUNDED with tax dollars as well as they have become socialist indoctrination centers. If I had kids to raise in this society I would homeschool and keep the morality of my kids intact. Much of this dissension is because those who work in the school system are more interested in protecting their pensions than seeking out the reasons for their political programming coming from the Federal Government. When a school tells a student they can’t wear a T-Shirt with a U.S. flag on it because it is “offensive” to others…you may be a Socialist protecting your pension because if you are a true teacher you would firmly understand the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence and would never expect anyone to be told to take off their shirt because of “offensive” bull hockey.

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