“Kindness changes the world one heart at a time.” ~ Mary Davis
Good morning, dear friends. I do hope everyone enjoyed a lovely and peaceful Fourth of July. But most of all, I hope this finds you well.
“People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” ~ Nelson Mandela
In thinking of a topic for this post, my mind wandered to the many celebrations of our freedom held this weekend. I thought, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all across our beautiful country we could celebrate America as a nation known for its generosity, kindness, love, and respect shown to all.” “From the mountains to the prairies and to the oceans.”
Honestly, I don’t have my head in the sand. I am just weary, as I know you are also, of the hate and meanness in our world. It is everywhere, but if we could clean up our own back yard we would set an example for others. Our nation and her citizens are still trying to heal from past wounds. It takes effort and attention to close a wound. It will not heal itself. America has, however, always extended its hand to our neighbors, spoken out for those without a voice, and offered hope to the forgotten. But, what has happened to us? Hateful speech, vulgar language, and dreadful behavior are things that have become all too commonplace in our country. And, often, our neighbors and the downtrodden of this world no longer seem to matter. I do know our country cannot save the entire world. However, there is an old saying ~ “If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.” Have we?
“Before the seed there comes the thought of bloom.” ~ E. B. White
To me, E.B. White is correct. Perhaps, we need to imagine our country in “bloom,” before we “sow the seeds.” But, we must do something and soon. Because “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” ~ His Holiness, the Dalai Lama
Dear friends, know I am wishing you and yours a beautiful and peaceful day. Do continue to take care with regard to the Coronavirus.
May you find love and kindness along your path.
“Keep your eyes lifted high upon the sun ~ and you will see the best light in everyone.” ~ Tess Guinery
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