There’s a gearhead in my neighborhood.
We’ve had the casual, stopped in the middle of the road chat about each others trucks. I drive an old Mitsubishi. He drives an old Ford. We smile and wave at each other. #goodguys #gearheadsunited
Today I noticed one of his other vehicles has a cartoon Trump peeing on the world “LIBERALS” in the back window.
Ugh. Really, dude?
Here’s the thing, though. Much as my brain is using that decal to assign a raft of stereotypes to this guy I barely know—I’m not going to let those negative thoughts stick. I’m sure he’s seen my Bernie 2016 and ITMFA decals. And he still smiles and waves.
You could unpack a dozen different lessons from this experience. But the one I like best is the one where I see how, when we focus on what we have in common, it’s a lot easier to live with our differences.
Hell. We might even be able leverage our differences to make the world a better place for everyone.
Optimism in the face of disappointment.