My son and I had a few strong words yesterday. It wasn’t an argument by any means, but the conversation was more harsh than usual. Two adults living in the same house its bound to happen. Personalities differ and at times will conflict with each other.
Spread that outward just a little. I like it quiet, one of my neighbors plays his car stereo so loudly that my windows rattle. I follow leash laws, another neighbor just opens the dog and allows their dog to roam. While I never spoke personally with the guy I tagged Thumper, he has lowered the volume of his car stereo. The dog folks don’t speak with me anymore, but since I’m home so much the dog is out less.
Lets go farther. A while back someone walked into a business and did not like the service. Accusations were made and before you could say snap, there were protestors in the street. Reports were made that it was because of race.
Another step outward. We all know what has gone on around us. Crowds marching on interstates, blocking traffic, blocking emergency vehicles. Crowds swarming city blocks, burning, looting, destroying. Not caring whose life and livelihood goes up in smoke and flames. Worked up into a frenzy, more animal than human.Protestors want to build, to create change for the better, to bring attention to wrong, to work toward making it right. Rioters have no other grand plan than to destroy. To tear down and divide.
A wider view. Look at out world. Guarding borders, building walls, no fly zones, accusations and mistrust. The media lies, politicians lie, world leaders lie, anyone with a hidden agenda will lie. A coworker, a neighbor, a beggar on the street, a store employee or customers, may lie. Where is truth, where is togetherness?
Back a life time ago when I worked, I worked with a diverse group of folks. Guess what? We got along. We found ways to work around, out, and with the differences. We were coworkers and we were friends. It can be done.
Sadly, we seem to be living in a world that seeks division more than togetherness. If we are divided, we are weak. But this is not a political write. I am not a politician. I am one who sees a world hurting, and seek only to light a candle.
Imagine if you will, standing in the dark. You light a candle, now a single candle is not very bright. So if your neighbor lights a candle, and their neighbor lights a candle and so on, then that light expands. The same with truth. The same with hope. The same with conversation, real conversation not arguments. The same with trust.
If we light a candle for positive things, with a determination to build and improve, that light can and will chase away the darkness we have been dealing with. It will shine a light into the shadows of despair and pain and bring about a new strength, a new determination, a new togetherness.
If we would only light the candles.