I am sad because our country is in distress.
I am sad because if I say I’m sad for the black men and women who lost their lives, I don’t support the police.
I am sad because if I say I feel sorry for the officers who shot and killed the black men, I’m racist.
I am sad because if I say “black lives matter”, I don’t support police.
I am sad because if I say “all lives matter”, I’m racist.
I am sad because everyone out there on social media seems to have an answer and strong judgment for everything, yet nothing is fixed.
I am sad because five officers were killed while doing their job to protect the people of this country.
I am sad because I don’t always see eye to eye with my friends and family.
I am sad because I know that my life is very different from the lives of many other Americans, especially black Americans.
I am sad because I worry about police officers and my brother-in-law who puts on a uniform every day to serve and protect us all.
I am sad because I feel like you need to pick a side.
I am sad because our citizens, all sorts of them, are suffering.
I am sad because of all the hateful commentary online. It’s sickening.
I am sad because this is not what our country should be like, I know we are better than this.
I am sad because there is so much anger, hatred and resentment among us on all sides. It’s heartbreaking.
I am sad because I don’t even know what the right thing to say is anymore.
I am so sad because we are so divided.
There is so much hate. So much judgment. So much sadness and fear. So many “answers” with zero problems solved. I don’t have any answers. None. I wish I did. The only thing I can think of is to teach love. To teach understanding and compassion. I understand there are many sides to every story and so much emotional attachment to individuals reeling from what has taken place. But I don’t understand why there needs to be so much aggression and intimidation among one another. Haven’t we dealt with enough? Strangers being mean to strangers. Can we not approach this with love and compassion? Or is it just who is right and who is wrong? Who posts what image of support and who doesn’t? If you don’t post, do you not support? And if you do, are you more supportive than someone who doesn’t? Is taking a stance on social media going to cure us? Has anyone else read some of the heinous comments users make to one another based on the opinion they shared with others? It’s depressing and beyond exhausting. We are becoming used to it. That can’t be good.
There are so many problems that need to be fixed. Problems that will take many years and a lot of insanely hard work before big changes happen. Perhaps we can all try to start this week off with a more open heart, a more understanding and compassionate one, at least that’s my own personal goal I suppose. Everyone is hurting, everyone is scared, but love is a very powerful thing and perhaps with copious amounts of it…we can unite on a stronger front. Will there ever be complete peace? Doubtful. Will there always be bad guys? Always. But where there is love, there is kindness. And you can feel that. I know that love cannot fix the world…but it certainly can’t hurt it. Just this morning at a red light I watched a white fella in a Lexus stop, roll down his window and have a friendly conversation with a black homeless fella. Of course I turned down my jazz to listen in and they spoke about how the homeless man is trying to get himself back together and the man in the car offered a few thoughtful ideas before giving him a couple bucks. I’m fairly confident those men feel they started the day off on a positive note. Basic human kindness.
Smile at your neighbor, hold the door for someone, buy the old dude behind you in line a coffee. It’s the little things that put a positive aura within you. One that spreads like wildfire and can be insanely contagious…if you allow it to be. I have faith in us.
We are all human.
Love it. Live it. Share it.