Healing the National Rift - a Story to Help Children & Families Post-Election
Whether you are a Democrat, Republican, Libertarian or Green Party member - whether you are an American voter or not - whether you live in the United States or not, it is very likely that you are ready for the United States presidential election to end.
It has been divisive - it has pitted Americans against each other. It has been hateful and hurtful. We are tired of the name-calling, the anger, the disappointment, the shame and the feeling like history is being made … but not the kind of history we will be proud of.
And … here is another hard truth:
The hard part of the election will not end after election day. The real work - the hard work - is still ahead of us.
And what is that work?
We need to heal. We need to find a way to unite as one country again.
And - what if we deeply believe that the "other side" is wrong?
What if we think the other side is "dangerous" or "uninformed" or "self serving"?
What if we think the election was a turn for the worse and that the future is in jeopardy?
Or that the election was a mandate for change and that it is time for the other side to fall in line?
How do you bridge that gap?
Whether we want Trump, Clinton, Johnson, Stein or McMullin to be president, I think we can all agree that our children were not better served by how many of the candidates (and supporters) have behaved. Our children have heard the name-calling, the threats, the dire language and the desperation and - to be sure - they aren’t feeling great about our country.
So what do we do?
How do we reach out to the “other side” and make an authentic attempt to heal?
This story is about how to start.
"The Fischer from the Top Branch"
This story is to help children see the healing possibilities in a divisive election year.
“The Fischer from the Top Branch” is a story about an election. A water hole in the Serengeti plains needs a leader who will represent all creatures who need water. So - a ‘Prefect’ is elected every wet season to monitor the water and make sure everyone is served. But choosing the ‘Prefect’ is often contentious.
This year the choice is between a Fischer’s Lovebird and a Leopard - and the election is emotional, ridden with conflict and indeed, personal. In the end the Lovebird is elected - but she immediately sees the need for healing - the need for the creatures to unite again. Luckily, she flies to the top branch of a nearby acacia tree and is able to see the land and all its creatures together. And that image helps her know what to do.
This story is from the By Thistle By Thimble Audio Story Series.
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We hope this story will help your family process all the emotion swirling around the election - and be inspired to be a part of the healing solution. To be an empathetic servant to the whole, rather than a specific party.
Here in Sparkle Land, we try to see opportunities in the discomfort and pain. We try to see opportunities for connection when emotions are high and fear is leading much of the discourse.
This is certainly one of those times - and we wish you all many opportunities to transform pain into love - and division into unity.
This story has no Sparkle advertisement – only a short copyright tag at the end. It is intended as a gift to support families who may find it useful.
Feel free to download and share this story as often as you’d like. We give permission for it to be shared freely.
About the Author
David Sewell McCann
David Sewell McCann fell in love with spinning stories in first grade – the day a storyteller came to his class and captured his mind and imagination. He has been engaged in storytelling all of his adult life through painting, film-making, teaching and performing. Out of his experience as a Waldorf elementary class teacher and parent, he has developed a four step method of intuitive storytelling, which he now shares through workshops and through this website.