This new year, why not give yourself the gift of peaceful relationships? Choosing people over politics requires some mental and emotional energy, as it is rarely achieved by merely avoiding conflicts or people that make us feel uncomfortable. Rather, we must be prepared to move a little out of our comfort zone because peaceful relationships involve engaging in more dialogue, less debates. More fellowship over meals, less marching against each other. More giving the benefit of the doubt, less distrust and hostility. More humility and vulnerability, less assumptions and guardedness.
If you are a Christian, it means seeing nonChristians as potential believers by the grace and mercy of God shining through you. It also means seeing the divine in unexpected people and places.
If you are a political liberal or progressive, it means seeing conservatives as interesting people whose brains you can pick, whose hearts you can mine.
Oops, did I just repeat myself? Two sides of the same coin. Peace, people.