Changing the Discourse

How We Can Change the Discourse (yep, that discourse!)

Not a day goes by that I don’t rail about something. I’ve used precious time during lunches with my son
to moan and groan about the D.C. mess. Rarely can I watch a news cast and not respond, “What…???!!!”
My husband’s heard it all.

So how can we change the discourse? Our communities, our neighborhoods, our neighbors, friends, and
family are all facing challenges not expected, never imagined, challenges that have gotten bigger and
bigger, more and more complex. In response, debates and discussions divide, demean, and deter, often
helping no one, solving nothing.

Every poll confirms our divisions. Every news cycle increases the volume. We can no longer talk about
important subjects. We’ve lost our ability to think through difficult issues. We avoid discussions about
topics with no easy answers.

It’s disheartening, isn’t it? Because we care. We care about our communities, our neighborhood, our
neighbors, friends, and family. We want change.

So how can we change the discourse? Like you, I want to change the dialog, but to do so, I’ve got to start
with myself. Like so many, I assume the mess, the gridlock, the divisiveness, the partisan politics, the
soundbites will continue, and it will unless the conversation and our expectations change.

I know a bill doesn’t become law like it said in our 5 th grade social studies book. I also know that the
issues at hand deserve thoughtful, rational, careful deliberations. That much we know. I also know that
to make change, it has to begin with me.

In the YouTube link below, the Harlem Boys’ Choir sings “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin
with me.” It’s a beautiful rendition and beautiful encouragement.

“Let There Be Peace on Earth” by Harlem Boys’ Choir

Deanna Nowadnick

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Deanna Nowadnick

Deanna Nowadnick

Speaker | Writer | Author


Deanna Nowadnick

Before my father died, he reminded me that Mom had asked me to write a book. At the time the boys were in college, and the notion of writing was unfathomable. Writers write books. By the time my boys were adults, I’d run out of excuses. I was also at that age when I could pause and reflect.

Fruit of My Spirit: Reframing Life in God’s Grace was my first publishing endeavor. My second was Signs in Life: Finding Direction in Our Travels with God. Both are collections of stories that tell of God’s love and faithfulness. Both tell of His remarkable grace and mercy.

When not writing, I serve as the Client Service Coordinator for The Planner’s Edge, an investment advisory firm in Washington state. I’m active in my church, serving on the Leadership Team and gathering with a wonderful group of ladies to study and giggle over lattes and chocolate. On my desk is a rock with the words “Choose Joy!” etched in it. It’s my inspiration for each day. As an author, it is my hope that my own words might share that joy we find together as children of God.

With Him, it can be so.


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