We need to be brutally honest as Election Day approaches

My friend Donna Cameron writes, “We need to be brutally honest with ourselves. Who do we want to be and what sort of country do we want to live in? And are we willing to restrain our own behavior and act in accordance with our best values rather than our initial impulses?”

Her columns this week in the Washington Post and the Seattle Times ask hard-hitting questions. She calls us to radical civility and kindness, writing that “in a very real sense, our collective response will either fortify or weaken our democracy.” However the votes fall next Tuesday, these thoughtful observations can help us remain centered and balanced in the face of strong emotions.

Read the articles here:

Win or lose, a call to radical civility and kindness, Seattle Times

Don’t be insufferable Nov. 7 no matter the outcome. Here are 5 questions to help you, Washington Post

Brutally honest about herself

Donna is the author of A Year of Living Kindly, a book drawn on her blog posts of that name. When she started blogging in 2015, I was a little puzzled as to why one would need to blog about kindness for a whole year. She explains that she was brought up with two values: “be nice,” and “don’t take risks.” These values turned out to be rather constricting. She chose to try living life as an experiment in kindness and writing about her experiences. Her compulsively readable book is the result.

Donna writes forthrightly, with occasional notes of snarkiness that save the entries from being too earnest or sweet. You will enjoy her research and reflections.

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Ann Macfarlane

Ann G. Macfarlane is a Professional Registered Parliamentarian. She offers an interactive and user-friendly way to master the key points for effective, efficient and fair meetings. Her background as a diplomat and Russian translator enables her to connect with elected officials and nonprofit board directors and give them the tools they need for success. She is the author of Mastering Council Meetings: A guidebook for elected officials and local governments.