A Time to Act

As our country becomes more divided, it’s time to think about working in your community to support others.  With all the news in the last week, we are struggling to find the integrity and fortitude on which this country was founded.  Honesty seems lost among our leaders today, and it’s hard to find people trying to shape our country, that are focused on the safety and health of the communities where they were elected.  I would like to find people to lead our country that don’t abuse women, that don’t minimize their behavior, and that can focus on working with all the countries of the world to create a safer, better, world in which to live.

When I think about being focused on being happy in my life, I think about feeling safe, respected, and good about my future.  I think about being able to retire, and enjoy my retirement for which I worked so hard.  I’m hoping that I will be able to retire and travel.  I would love to see all the places I never had time to go when I was working, after all with only a couple weeks a year vacation, you never have much time to do anything.  After the recent movement where women are standing up and pointing fingers at men who continue to take advantage of their positions by victimizing women, it’s time for us all to stand up and act.  There continues to be a lack of respect for women, people of race, and now, some nationalities.  When will our nation band back together and care for each other?  We are divided and President Lincoln once said that “a house divided against itself cannot stand”.

As we try to stand together again, we have to understand each other and to understand that at the end of the day, we want the same things.  I believe all people want to feel safe, be respected, and feel that they have a future they can appreciate.  As I work with people, part of what I do is to challenge thoughts and ideas about people and things.  As the nation struggles to find common ground to move forward, compromise and understanding is in order, but that can’t happen without the belief that we should be fighting for the same things.  In the past, when our nation was challenged with very difficult conflicts, a leader emerged to bring our country back together.  I would love to have a leader that can bring our country back together.

Until then, we have to work together to begin that  healing.  We have to pay attention to our neighbors, and to those who need support.  We need show empathy, but we also need to hold each other accountable.  We can no longer take threats for granted.  We need to get to know people before we make assumptions about who they are and what they are doing.  We need to be open to what’s possible, but we also need to be aware when something doesn’t feel right.

As I write this, these ideas sounds lofty but it’s time to act!  They sound impossible, but bringing the country back together after the civil war also sounded impossible, and we are still working on it, but things are different.  Nothing changes in a day, but I’m hoping to leave the world to my children, better and safer.  We owe it to our children.  It’s all part of being happy, and healthy, today and in the future.