Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Early Years

My youth spanned the 60's and 70's. Those were some of the most tumultuous years in America, relatively speaking. The world was learning how diversity and racial identity needed to be respected. We needed to learn how to value a person regardless of gender, race or religion. In the 21st Century, we are still working on learning that every life matters. We are still working on not pre-judging a person because of their skin color or religious beliefs.

Looking back across the years, I am grateful for a grandmother who had unshakable faith, regardless of the circumstances that she faced. I am grateful for a mother who gave me a legacy of love for mankind. People are quick to say "those were so much better times than today" but slow to change and adapt. We live in amazing days. There is chaos in the world, to be sure. The difference between then and now is - cable TV and the Internet. Can you imagine - only three channels that broadcast from 5am - till - 1am? Can you imagine - people got their news by reading the paper which was at best, 24 hours old?

In the "old" days, people allowed themselves to be burdened with other people's problems. They would not judge or criticize, but support and pray for each other. When you didn't have much, you were invited over for dinner by someone who had a little extra.  Seems like today, we prefer being detached, unaware of each others suffering. Relationships will always be messy and imperfect, that is why they are so powerful.

It's time we take off our rose colored glasses and see life the way it really is. Life was meant to be shared - not experienced in isolation of the lives of others. We were meant to care and love one another. The call to action is that you get out of your comfort zone and get to know a stranger, ask them to share their story, don't be afraid to let a relationship be born.

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