Change comes with both fear and some pain. Those two ingredients create mistrust, misunderstanding and misinformation. Such is the process of democracy.David Mixner
Tomorrow standard time returns to clocks in a lot of places. Be sure to turn your clocks back one hour before turning in. You get an extra hour of sleep. Not sure I want an “extra hour” of 2020 though.
I have often thought blogging is very therapeutic and gives you a chance to share your woes with others in the same boat. Right now, we need that support for one another. Thanks for your candor and sharing your experiences that can help everyone make it through another day.
As I always say, keep on blogging my friends.
When you say you are a part of something people will believe you based on your actions. It’s my experience that people want to see less conversation and a little more in the doing part.
Doing what you say you will do matters and yes, I am not always good at doing that which is partially just being lazy and being imperfect. Like every other human I am a work in progress. Action is a good goal if you ask me.
However, we have it in us to do things that will draw people into our cause. Setting a good example and being a role model can bring more people to the table which can be oh so important.
Always be that person who strives to do their part and makes a change in the world. It will be amazing in how many people will be impacted hopefully for the better. A little more action, please.
Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else.
Resolving conflicts means taking your issues to those who are causing the problem. Sometimes it requires others to get involved to mediate and help facilitate reconciliation. So much of what we see is airing of grievances in the public spaces that it causes a bigger problem than there should be. Resolving issues requires listening, communication, patience. Sometimes it means a separation or an agreement to disagree but that should only come as a last resort. Hopefully all things are done from a place of respect and dignity. What the world needs now is people coming together when possible.
This blog has a heavy social justice element to it. As a person who feels deeply and cares about what’s going on around the world I want to post about it show support and awareness. Be warned I come from a center-left perspective and if what I post is too much then you have my blessing to unfollow. No hard feelings. Right now the world is in need of advocates for people who want to have rights and resources to make their lives better and I am answering that call. Some posts will have comments turned off because I don’t want any conflict between people. Thanks for your understanding and interest in what I have to say.
Let your heart not be troubled is something I hear from the scripture of my faith. However I have to admit right now my heart is troubled. With all that is happening in the world I cannot help it. So much is going on that gives me concern. There are lots of situations that give us great concern.
There are times that its easier to not let my heart and soul be troubled. In these days I am trying to keep the faith but its easier said than done. No matter ones faith there will be days of calm and days of chaos.
Just because my heart is troubled doesn’t mean I have a lack of resolve and confidence in my higher power. It’s very human to feel unsure when things like a pandemic is going on. Everything has turned upside down and no one knows when things will be safe again.
My heart is also troubled about racism when an African American is gunned down in a neighborhood or on the streets, LGBTQ people are discriminated against, transgender people are murdered just for wanting to live their truth, poor people are having to figure out where their next meal comes from, unemployed people are missing paychecks and benefits that keep them going. Death of loved ones who you thought would be with you forever. There are so many more things to be troubled about too that the list would go on and on.
Having a troubled heart is a very human thing. It’s appropriate in times like this to comfort one another as best we can given the era of social distancing. My friends let your heart be troubled but also let your heart have courage too. You can have both which is a very human experience.
Thanks to Deacon John for your homily this morning which inspired this post.