I have always been a dreamer, hoping for and working toward a better day. Some might call that being optimistic, others delusional, especially given the current political climate in this country. But, I truly believe we can shape our world into a place where all can realize their dreams.
This week has been a challenge. As tensions soared and people grew frustrated with one another - some to the point of breaking off relationships that have withstood far greater "real" threats - we, as a nation of HOPE, have been found lacking. Blame is being thrown around like toilet paper on Halloween: fun, yes and maybe even satisfying in the moment, but a wasteful display that just creates a mess for someone else to have to clean up.
Do you want to really make a difference? Work to be part of the solution, not the problem.
Peaceful demonstrations are a right we enjoy in this land. Acts of hate and violence against ANYONE we should not tolerate. Being scared or angry doesn't make bad behavior acceptable; those who carry out racist or homophobic acts of violence are scared and angry too. Let's not forget that ALL of us, no matter what our beliefs or backgrounds, are free in this country because someone else sacrificed to give us that right. We can only pay them back by living in a manner that respects the gift.
Imagine what we - The American People - could accomplish if we backed up our words of LOVE with LOVING actions toward each other despite our differences of opinion.
Please, let's try to be optimistic. Let's be a people of hope. The world has always held dark places; let's not allow our minds be one of them.