The media will tell us that we are a divided nation. Over the past decade there certainly were events, both political and social, that showed the many differences in ideology and thoughts that make up America. However, if there is one thing that the great people of this nation can agree on is that we are a better country when we think of others and not just ourselves. We Americans are a giving people, have always been the first nation to lend a hand to others in need and in local communities all over people come together when tragedy occurs. I believe it is time for the next “revolution” in this country. Not political or one based on skin color or religion but one of caring and love. What change would our country go through if every citizen challenged themselves to do one extra nice thing? This could be as simple as buying an extra can of food at the store and bringing it to the food shelter or buying some flowers and randomly drop them off at a hospital. Some can stop buy one of the local senior centers and play a game or talk with some of our wonderful citizens that have earned the right to be respected and be given dignity. We can offer to mow someone’s yard that is sick or walk their dog. What about handing the school bus driver a little thank you note for getting our children to and from school safely…Kindness does not have to be big but it certainly should come from the heart. History has shown that those who are recipients of kindness, including given a helping hand, go on and become some of the greatest givers and teachers of charitable, unselfish acts. We also know, those who are hurt or abused and victims of other bad activities many times grow up and repeat those behaviors. It is time to change the narrative. The truth is you do not have to be wealthy to be kind. You do not need a Harvard degree to help others and you certainly do not need to be affiliated with either political party, or a supporter of a particular politician to set an example for our future generations. If we, as American people, help each other and think of being kind and loving instead of divisive not only will our nation be stronger but our children will have a different narrative to grow up in and our country’s future will be in a much better place. It is time to Think Kind, Think Love, Think GOD.
Veterans Day is a great reminder to all of us of what truly is important, especially during this post-election season. The American Dream exists because we can look forward to tomorrow. We can choose our future, we can worship without fear, we can feel safe in our own homes. None of this would be possible if not for the Men and Women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Throughout the World people dream of freedom. The American Soldier continues to fight for all people, all nations, and all cultures that want to be free. There is no greater sacrifice than risking one’s own life for another and our Veterans, as well as those currently serving in the Armed Forces, have continued to exemplify what true heroes are generation after generation. The idea of giving, volunteering and putting country, community and others ahead of our own individual wants and needs is a lesson that All Americans should embrace. Soldiers don’t stand side by side only with those who share the same political, social, economic & religious views. Soldiers are united for a bigger cause. Does it matter which candidate someone voted for if people are working together to feed the homeless or helping the disabled or volunteering at a senior center? If we as a nation want to truly honor Veterans we should all look to give and help others in whatever way we can. Our differences will become less important and our country will become more united. Thank you Veterans for Not giving up on what America stands for, especially when many find it easy to abandon our fundamental values. May God continue to bless all the Men and Women who have served in the Armed Forces.