Every day I stop to think about what to write and what to share that might be meaningful or funny or that connects to a current event.
Today, Juliana’s shirt caught my eye after I looked at this picture we sent her daddy, who’s been out of town all week. I noticed and reflected on the One People line.
We are One People. We are One Love and we are interconnected, whether we want to acknowledge it or not. Our actions and our choices affect others and we need to look out for one another and be kind and loving, no matter what.
My mind is on Oregon and the tragedy that was created by one lonely and disillusioned person. People are looking for blame and for reasons why and want to politicize solutions. They want an easy fix to a complex problem.
How can we make a difference? I have several ideas and I’m sure you do too.
I think we start with ourselves. We can love who we are and be okay with the choices we’ve made and have experienced.
We can take care of our families and love one another and lift each other up.
We can teach kindness and practice kindness every day. We can be role models and examples through our actions and through our words by gently reminding and coaching those in our influence to act similarly.
We can take care of our community by volunteering in our local schools, and at our local spirtual establishments, in our neighborhood shelters, and by coaching and leading and mentoring kids and adults.
We can build relationships and partnerships and connections. We can see each other.
We can focus on positive, real life (s)heroes and share stories of hope, the stories that lift us up and inspire us. What we focus on, we create.
These take time and work and dedication. And genuine, authentic relationships take more than social media and instant gratification to develop roots.
Get connected, your way.
Make a difference where you’re planted.