We have all been handed so much to deal with and process in such a short amount of time. So much change. So many fears. So little direction.
If you are like me, you run the gamut of emotions on a daily basis. I am thankful that my family and I are healthy and employed. I am sad for those who are ill, jobless or have lost loved ones. I am angry that our country holds so many prejudices and ugliness in their hearts. I am happy to have so many wonderful people in my life. I am proud that so many citizens are doing what they can to make a difference for the good.
We have been given some gifts if we can allow ourselves to see them. Precious time with our families. Family should be your number one priority, yet for many, it is something they try to work in between jobs, texting, social media, etc.
Teachers are appreciated far beyond words, as are so many other unsung heroes in our country.
A song written by Stephen Sondheim for “Into the Woods,” really hits it home and I can’t get it out of my head. “Careful the things you say, children will listen. Careful the things you do, children will see. And learn.” No one is born racist. Here is our chance for immediate change. Teach our little ones love, compassion, kindness and acceptance for all.
As a parent, my daughter raises her children just like I raised mine – that we are people. Period. Color of skin, looks, personalities and religious choices make us unique, but we are still just people; no one person is better than another. We all need love, family and friends, hopes and dreams, and a desperate need to feel safe.
Maybe it took this horrific moment in time to make everyone stop. Just stop. Reflect on your life, and the lives of others. Ask yourself, “What good do I bring to the table? What can I do to make this world a better place? Could I help someone breathe a little easier or sleep better tonight if I just looked around me and extended a helping hand?” Yes! Every one of us has the capability and responsibility to make a positive difference. We all share this world together.
We have a chance and a choice to be better people. We were put in lockdown not just for our safety, but maybe to get our acts together, too.