So, show of hands, how many have freaked out non-stop the past few days? Ah, a lot of you. Yeah, [raises hand] me too. Yeah, we are living in rough times right now, and I worry it’s only going to get worse, what with the deep divide and the loss of simple human decency that have clearly surfaced after and even well before the election of He Who Shall Not Be Named.
Which is why it was good to see the video added to YouTube this week by the actress Danielle Langlois. If you saw this post I added on Thursday, you’re probably now familiar with Danielle’s video, in which she professes a set of promises out of a desire to help bridge the deep divides here in the U.S., from respecting others and their differences to having respectful discourse to having respect for Mother Earth.
Danielle Langlois’ video moved me, not so much by her list of promises but by her calm, stone cold solid line delivery. And it got me to thinking… well, why is Danielle the only one making these promises? And with that, I got up on Sunday, typed out a list of my own promises, slapped on a wig and makeup, got in front of the camera, and…
Well, as you can plainly tell, I couldn’t memorize lines or do a “stone cold solid line delivery” if my life depended on it (I’m not an actress). And, as you can tell, I need glasses in order to read. But, my words and intentions with this video are true. Because, really, even a little bit of human decency is sorely needed right now.
And if you the audio isn’t clear for you (and, yeah, I’m not the most adept of speakers), here’s a summary of what I promise:
- I promise to keep my automatic assumptions in check.
- I promise to show compassion and support to anyone or any group who’s subject to unfounded fears and biases.
- I promise to show respect to those who are not like me. But if they criticize me or abuse me too much, I’m not afraid to call them out.
- I’ll always be a work in progress, on that I can promise.
- Though it’ll be hard to do sometimes, I will make an effort to lift someone’s spirits if they feel down or afraid.
- I have no kids of my own, but I promise to always be a good guiding influence on my nieces.
- I can’t promise that I’ll be perfect, but I’ll learn from the mistakes I will make in order to become a better person.
Yeah, a lot of promises. And, yeah, they do seem a bit high-minded. But the way I see it, even a little bit of civility on my part can be a good influence on others. And if more of us can do it… well, our country, and our planet, will be all for the better.
Please don’t let this stop at just two people posting videos online. Please make your own video or type up your own list of promises. Use the trending topic I included in the video, #IPromisedAmerica. Thank you.