Can’t Stay Silent
The world goes on, yes. Business continues, yes. People still need to buy and sell houses and I am still helping make that happen. But for some, the world stopped or their business is gone. Innocent people are dying. Families are torn apart. I can’t stay silent.
I, naively believe that love conquers all but where is the love? Where is the respect for others? For humanity? For your family? For yourself? What did you think would happen? What would you do if your brother, father, or son was murdered by a public servant paid to “protect our community” while others stood by and watched it happen? When a group of people feel they aren’t being heard, aren’t being respected, what are they supposed to do? This isn’t new. The world is broken. People are broken. And unless we start with ourselves, it won’t ever change. Look inside yourself. If there is hatred or anger, fix it. Passing it onto the next person isn’t going to do you or them any good.
I saw a social media post from a friend. A mutual friend disagreed and very respectfully gave his point of view and some reasons why he believed differently. Someone this mutual friend didn’t even know started backlash against his comment and the way he responded to this random person was beautiful. He thanked her for her comments – and without a bit of sarcasm! He gave her a little background on his life that shaped his beliefs – experiences that she will likely never encounter. He complimented her and respected her opinion even though he disagreed. Get it? It’s that “simple.” I wish that didn’t make such an impact on me because I wish that was the norm, but it’s not. Celebrate diversity. Life would be boring, otherwise, and I learn so much from people that believe differently and aren’t just like me.
I love my family, my friends, my clients, my fellow agents, my bandmates. I don’t care what color you are, what sex you are, what religion you are, how much money you make, if you have an accent, how much you weigh, who you sleep with or what your familial status is. If you’re a jerk, you’re a jerk. If you’re not, you’re not.
I’m in disbelief, I’m saddened, and I’m not sure I truly know how to personally respond. But I do know I can’t stay silent. Real estate will continue and we’ll talk about it next week, but for now, I hope you will look in the mirror, be honest with yourself and make the necessary changes for good.
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur baby, Tyler, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.