Together with many of my friends, family, co workers and co-earth inhabiters, I am still reeling from the events of the election. Regardless of my disappointment with the outcome, I want to move forward. This post is about progress and peace.
My post- election thoughts have been focused on how divided we are as a nation. My bubble burst to see how many people are SO utterly different than me. It seems like an awkward thing to say. Of course people are different. In this instance and I am talking about polarizing opposites. After Tuesday’s outcome I spent the better amount of the week in tears. How can people be rejoicing when I am in complete despair. Are people not as absolutely terrified as I am?
As I pass people on the streets I wonder. It has lead me down a path of discovery. I want to learn more about american life. Those americans whose background, skin color, sexual orientation, class and socioeconomic status aren’t like mine. What is it to be an american? What divides us, and what can bring us together.
One of the moments I reflected on was my media dinner at Park Kitchen. It was a PR dinner planned to have media try the new Happy Hour menu. I’m not sure if it was the food, the atmosphere or the company, but there was something about that dinner. Chef David Sapp entertained us with stories of change throughout Park Kitchen’s history. He told us about chefs with different visions, palates, and backgrounds who passed through Park Kitchen. Yet the clientele has remained loyal and strong in the community. It’s a great example of weathering the storm of change. Embracing it and finding your own unique way of prospering. Park Kitchen continues to thrive under new head chefs. I have the upmost faith it will continue along that path.
We sat there as a table full of completely different people cloaked in the comfort of food and drink. I enjoyed that moment and I’ve reflected back to that dinner several times the past week.
In these moments of change, keep the faith in those who you believe in. Support your local community and businesses. Treat people with kindness. Most of all, keep peace and grace in your hearts. It is an easy time to continue segregating ourselves. But the power comes in how we can conquer this divide and come back together. We are the United States of America, the greatest country on earth.
Thank you to Park Kitchen for hosting us. Your food was delicious, your stories were enlightening, and your spirit inspiring. Get to Park Kitchen for the new 17 item Happy Hour. The dishes are stunning and equally as tasty.
Park Kitchen is located at 422 NW 8th in Portland
Love, Rachel xo