In the midst of this season I ended up developing an unlikely friendship with a fellow through Twitter. Our dialogue began when he tweeted a question, basically wondering how in the world anyone could vote for the political party he is totally against! And while I try to not jump into the political fights on social media, I felt compelled to answer his question, since I support the party he doesn't! He replied back and we've been going back and forth ever since.
Our "trash talking" between each other is always honest, sometimes brutal and generally respectful. He has had some wicked one liners against who I am supporting and he has given me "props" for my digs against his candidate. Yet, our conversations now trend more towards what we have in common and where we agree, rather than on the things we know we disagree on.
Before the weekend I tweeted him a note saying that it's almost over and that I have enjoyed our back and forth during this season. He replied that he has enjoyed it too.
We weren't going to change each other's minds about who to vote for, but that's not the point. Once we got past what divides us and didn't allow those divisions to get in the way of getting to know each other, we found out that we actually like each other and can respect and validate each other's views, even when we don't agree with them.
Relationships are built on what unites us...not what divides us, right?
How have you managed your relationships with people you disgaree with during this poltical season?