… and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
He lives 1,800 miles away but we manage to talk several times a week. Our conversations are about life, business and everything in between. During the last 18 months, a good number of these conversations – some of them long and politely contentious – have been about the state of our nation and this weird election campaign we’ve just experienced.
Today, the morning after the night before, where every prediction was wrong and every pundit is left looking foolish, we spoke again. We were both at a loss for words; both caught off guard by the turn of events last night.
Now, more than ever, we need to be willing to engage in meaningful conversations with people who have a different perspective than we do and, dare I say it, believe something different than we do.
I may never have the same beliefs my friend has, but every time we discuss the big issues facing our nation and our world, I learn something new and have a greater appreciation for the perspective he has. I am a better person today because of him.
We’ll likely continue to disagree on key issues, but I’m glad to have him in my life. He challenges me to be a better and to be more understanding of the beliefs and perspectives that differ from mine.
Like my wife often does, he reminds me that WE are all part of the fabric of this nation. That WE are stronger when WE stand together. That WE are what makes America great.
My best friend is a Republican and, truth be told, I wouldn’t have it any other way.