Sunday, June 12, 2016
Be the Change . . .
I woke up this morning to a notification on my Facebook feed I have never seen - and should never see again. I was able to see who was 'marked safe' in Orlando. My heart dropped to my stomach as I did a google search for 'Orlando shooting' and there it was. The devastating news of yet another tragedy. I am done. D-O-N-E done. As one of my good friends said earlier today, we can't say 'this is becoming the norm' because guess what - this IS the norm.
As in the past after a tragedy, my social media feeds are filled with varying outcries. I see pleads of 'gun control' and 'pray for the victims' and 'the politicians have to do something'. You can pray, you can plead, and you can control - but none of this will lead to a real change. As a Christian I do believe in the power of prayer - but you can't sit on the sidelines and do nothing else
Think of some of the simple stories of humanity that have gone viral recently. An older gentleman helping a young boy with a tie as he gets ready for his first job interview. Countless stories of every day folks paying for a veterans meal, because saying 'thank-you' is truly not enough. A professor holding a student's crying baby so she could stay in class. Why do these things go viral? We see these acts of kindness every day, right? NO! No we do not. So is the opportunity not out there? Do we simply not see the need to be kind? Doubtful. Do we think for a moment we should help, but then realize we are late or have too much to do to stop? Probably. I am just as guilty of this as anyone else.
We have lost 'the village' mentality. It is now every man for themselves. We have lost human connection. In doing so, we have devalued the lives of others in order to value ourselves more. We don't understand each other and cannot accept differences. Now, of course, I am not saying every one of us is running around with hate-filled hearts. But you know what - some people are. Some people have felt so shunned by others that their hate leads to the unthinkable. What if someone would have reached out to these individuals many years ago. What if they were shown more kindness and more love? Maybe it would have prevented tragedy - or maybe not. But at the very least, I would much rather live in a world of love than a world of hate. Small acts can have big impacts, and we have to start somewhere.
Be kind to one another, dreamers - and go in love.
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