But, I hope that you will take me for who I am and more importantly, whom I hope to be: (a good and decent human being with faults, passions and compassion for everyone I meet).
So sue me. I'm passionate about politics and patriotism and I have strong beliefs. I've always believed that those are traits to be celebrated. Yet once in a great while, I "pop-off" on social media because I don't have enough places to let off the steam of that passion. Invariably, I pay the price by losing a customer or somehow offending those with beliefs different than my own.
Let me say this about my business: I provide a service needed by all walks of life and by all kinds of people and I provide that service with equal enthusiasm and care for anyone who would hire me. In terms of business, I don't honestly care about your politics or beliefs because they are not relevant to your need for my services. I would hope that conversely, others might recognize that I offer a wealth of experience in my chosen career and that regardless of those personal beliefs I try so hard to mask, I too suspend my personal beliefs as they are not a function of the business I conduct.
I'm certain others face this dilemma on a regular basis. For me the difficulty is in tamping down the passion...restraining my opinion. Forgive me when I slip. My intent is never to offend but instead to serve and I promise to do my best to remember that!