We Need to Come Together Peacefully PT. II

I’m sorry if yesterday’s post sounded self centered. The Happiness Box Project stands with every one, especially black lives. This project is about love and compassion, which everyone should be treated with.

As you all know, I love TED Talks and I’ve listened to this talk a few times. Daryl Davis hit the nail on the head – listen, even if you don’t agree – listen. Listen is more powerful than talking. Listening shows care and even if you don’t agree or understand, listening to the other side shows maturity and love.


And by listening, he changed Kelley’s mind. See, listening and civil discussion paints a path forward.

Please treat everyone extra kindly during these difficult times. We will get through this.

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Creator of the Happiness Box Project Initiative, a project where you write your happiness or gratitude each day, then open the box in the New Year. The Initiative is to teach joy and gratitude, to pass it on to others.

One thought on “We Need to Come Together Peacefully PT. II”

  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    I thoroughly enjoyed that TED Talk by Daryl Davis. It was powerful and I totally agree that if he, a black man, can achieve a breakthrough of that magnitude with the leader of the Klan, any one of us can help make things better in our own family, neighborhood, community, city, state, country and world. All it takes is a willingness to listen and “get” where the other guy is coming from, understand what he has been through that has brought him to this day with this set of beliefs. I am also a great believer in doing what Davis did, and that is to invite someone who is very different to spend some time with you in a casual setting, even your own home, have a meal, throw a party and have fun. It’s the “Shady Dell way.” Time spent together leads to bonding and bonding leads to tolerance, reduced fear, reduced tension and possibly even to changed hearts and minds. One thing’s for sure, and Davis pointed this out, too – nothing will get better if you refuse to listen to what people on the other side have to say. Show them respect and you will most likely get respect in return.

    Thank you, dear friend JM, and try to enjoy the rest of your week!


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