I confess that since the 2016 election, I have had difficulty maintaining my composure with people of a differing political persuasion. And being honest, I wasn’t that warm and fuzzy of a person prior to 2016.

I hate the emotions that our political and social environment bring out in me. It saddens me that it has caused division between myself and family.

This year I have been hanging out with a guy. We are on opposite sides of the political spectrum. I call him a friend. We focus on our common interests and avoid politics.

Maybe I shouldn’t be hanging out with him? But then how does a person grow and evolve if they stay within their own bubble? Lots of people are within walls and they don’t even know it.

Everyone wants to change the world. The problem is that we tend to start in the wrong place. We spend our time trying to change others when the only person we can control is ourselves. So I am working on becoming the best person I can be. And trust me. I have my hands full. If each of us works on our own civility, the problem should take care of itself.

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Bill Broring, Rochester