When I was in seminary and pastoral ministry in my mid-twenties, I was burnt out. The mismatching of my pastoral role doing community outreach and building local partnerships with my lack of job experience and personality as an introvert led to feeling overwhelmed and exhausted.
In anticipation to the 2020 U.S. Presidential Elections, let us not retreat to our echo chambers or jump straight to arguing. Instead, let’s stay connected to each other, listening to different perspectives, and respecting each other’s beliefs.
I don’t say this nearly enough, but I am proud of my parents. Both were children of resilience, whose parents (my grandparents) had to rebuild their lives after the trauma of the Japanese American incarceration during WWII.