The other day, I heard that one of our doctors was wearing a button that said “Make America Kind Again”. He received the button from one of his patients who we provide services for. I thought that was great idea.
Being the curious person I am, I wanted to know if it was tied to a political party or how it started. Through my research, I was pleased to find out that the phase was started by Amanda Blanc, a mom from Sacramento. It was not meant as a way to support or oppose a political party but as a way to spread awareness to respect other people’s views and values. Taking a quote from an online article from CNN, Blanc said, “It’s about being respectful and acknowledging that we live in a diverse society. It’s okay to be different—that’s what’s great about America. It’s just about respecting everyone’s differences.”
When I first heard the phrase, I really liked it but the word “again” bothered me. It bothered me because while there are a lot of kind people in America, there are also a lot of unkind people in this country, and this is true from the very beginning of our Republic through today. However, now that I know the history of this phrase, I thoroughly embrace it and the word “again” no longer bothers me. How fitting that one of Interpreter Service’s patients gave one of our Michigan Medicine doctors a button with this phrase on it and that he proudly wears it.
“Make America Kind Again” embodies what Interpreter Services represents. Respecting differences doesn’t just include the languages we speak, the color of our skin, our religion, or our political beliefs. It can be simple differences such as which way you put the toilet paper role on, how you load the dishes in the dishwasher, or how you celebrate life’s little every day victories. If we all thought and acted the same, the world would be a boring place. Embrace these differences and on occasion, try to understand them from the other persons’ point of view. Although to be honest, I am not sure I will ever understand why some would want the toilet paper coming from under the roll. I will always be a work in progress.
This past year, we have said goodbye to many wonderful staff and welcomed several new and equally wonderful staff to our team. We changed administrations. We are starting the new year with a new name for our place of employment and a new president of our country.
As we are starting our 2017, I challenge each one of you to embrace the “Make America Kind Again” philosophy and go out there and really do something kind. This could be getting involved in a cause or supporting a non-profit or sharing an artistic talent you have with others.
I would love to hear in the comments below, how you personally will contribute to “Make America Kind Again”.
Peace to all! Michelle