It has been so snow globe crazy around here, which I wrote about here: https://rebeccasrevels.wordpress.com/2021/01/17/snow-globe-syndrome/ That the importance of today nearly slipped by me. It was by chance, coincidence or maybe providence that I had chosen the word togetherness as a prompt for today.
I had written the prompts down around the end of December and transferred the list to the calendar on my desk. The only one I had really paid a mind to, was the first one which was beginning.
All day I have noticed mentions of Martin Luther King, Jr. on social media. Memes filled with his quotes, and comments with others. It still just did not click in my head. I kept listening for the mail to run, which of course it didn’t.
I knew that it was today, I had heard comments about it last week. For some reason, I just didn’t make the connection that it was today. I could blame the snow globe syndrome, I could blame that every day seems the same any more with the exception of Sunday. I could hand out all manner of reasons and excuses. None of which really hold water.
I felt a little foolish when I did finally remember. When the realization of the day and the one we are remembering and hopefully honoring. I wonder though, what he would think, if he could stand here today, and see what is going on around us. How would he feel about that dream now?
What have we, as a society done? For every step we had made forward, we have now fallen so far back. All the strides toward betterment, are in the process of being erased. All the progress that has been so hard fought for, disappearing. I wonder, what he would say.
He spoke of his dream, a beautiful dream where all people were treated equally. All people had the same opportunities. The hopes and dreams of all people were attainable. While his speech was made during the civil rights movement, his speech was for all, not one group or another- all. He said as much in that speech.
The really sad thing is, we have not become one. If anything, we are more divided now than ever. So many, of all races, determined to make life difficult for others. So many refusing to seek the ways to becoming one. Is it because it is always easier to destroy than to build?
I have always heard that nothing worth having ever comes easy. But we should not be fighting against each other. No one is better, no one is less. Nationality, skin tone, age, social status, doesn’t matter. We have each and all been given gifts.
The first is life.
It is up to us, what we do with that life. We can choose to throw it away, or we can choose to stand strong. We can choose to be lazy, or we can work toward a goal. We have choices. No matter what we are handed, where we live, our health, our family. It doesn’t matter. If what we have is less than optimal, we can use it as an excuse, or we can use it as a challenge. We can allow it to defeat us, or we can use it to encourage us to do better.
We all have a talent.
We can recognize it or not. We can work hard and build on it, making ourselves better at that and with that talent, or not. We do not have to be the best singer, dancer, mathematician, builder or what ever, out there. We simply need to be the best that we can be. Using what we have been given to make things better, and bring us together.
We have been given a heart.
Do we allow that heart to grow cold with indifference? Do we strive to keep a heart warmed with compassion and love for each other? Do we turn our back on suffering? Do we instead walk toward it, reaching out to lift up the suffering from the side of the road where they have fallen?
We have been given a mind
One with intellect, with the ability to think, to reason, to understand. Do we use that gift to seek out ways to improve, to educate, to solve the issues around us? Do we use that gift, to work toward hatred and destruction?
We have been given eyes to see and ears to hear.
We see the beauty of the world around us, where ever we are. We hear the music of life, whether from nature or a city street. We see happiness in the face of a child and hear it in their laughter.
We have been give a soul.
One that sees beauty in the hearts, minds and spirit of others. One that not only sees, but feels and shares love with those around them. One that seeks guidance in living life as it should, and sharing with others.
These are but a few of the gifts that we all have been given. Each and every single one of us. No matter who we are, where we live, the color of our skin or any other label that may be attached. No matter what we look like, inside we all have a heart, mind and soul. Inside we are all the same.
While there are those who seek to profit on division. I believe, we are stronger than they. If we would simply stop long enough. Stop listening to the lies and twisted information. Stop listening to the words of hate. Stop, and think for ourselves.
Stop and remember, that once there was a man with a dream. That can still be a reality.
If we would only wake up to that realization.