Hear me roar.
Yesterday was not my favorite all time day. I won’t write it down in the books as a go to reminder for how to have a good day. I will acknowledge though that when it comes down to it, if I need roar, then I will. But then, there is a way to roar, without being obnoxious or acting entitled. Roars, can actually be quietly done.
My roar yesterday was out of concern. I doubt the neighbors see it that way, but it was. I don’t care if they have one, two or fifty-two dogs. Just be responsible. Talking with them personally did not good so I had to take the further measures. Now, I’m hoping it has been handled and they will follow the law. We’ll see.
As for other ways to roar…
There are a multitude of things that are going on around us, that need attention. Many that need champions who are not afraid to speak up, even when there is risk involved. Issues, that need champions to draw attention to and answers for them. Even if answers can not be found quickly, then at least recognition and the search for answers began.
I could start listing issues, in fact I did, but I think I will go a different direction. By now, we should be well versed in the problems of the world. Not just our little corner but of the entirety of the world. The internet has done at least in part what was promised and opened many doors. Information readily available upon the searching. What we need more than yet another long lists of concerns and issues, is a listing of those ready to stand up and roar.
Not obnoxiously. Not in arrogance. Not filled with entitlement, because in truth, none are entitled. None. Someone may have more money, a bigger house, a prominent position in a company. Those are exterior trappings. It is the voice, the heart, the compassion, the character that matters. It is having a very real concern of the issues at heart, that matters. It is seeking real change at the root of the problem, that matters.
Yet, it is important that you go about it in the right way. Yes, you can do something outrageous and get attention, but if you draw the wrong attention, have you done more harm than good? If your intent is to shine a light on an issue, but you alienate the ones you are wanting to educate, have you done more harm? It also may appear that you are attempting to draw more attention to yourself than the issue. There is an old saying, “You catch more flies with honey…” Maybe, that won’t get the attention you seek, as quickly as you would prefer, but it also won’t build walls between you and the ones you are wanting to understand.
We need those who are prepared to stand in the face of opposition, knowing that the fight is not going to be easy, there will be those who try in every way imaginable to stop you. They like the status quo. They like things as they are. They see no problems, or they see them, but since the problem doesn’t effect them, it isn’t anything worth addressing.
The world needs changes. The right changes.
Over two thousand years ago, a baby was born. As a man, he walked, he taught, he brought about changes and planted seeds for more. He left behind people to continue what He had started. He died a brutal death, though He did rise again, for His purpose. Most of His disciples were also brutally killed. Died, for a cause. Died because there is a better way. Today, there are those who distort that, as there were back then.
He was crucified, because there were those who did not want to hear, did not believe, did not understand. Today, there are those who do not wish to hear or understand that there are problems and issues that need addressing and changed. Today there are those who turn a blind eye and refuse to hear. Ignorance their master and hate their chains. Today, we need those ready and willing to stand and roar in compassion, in love, in understanding, in education, in planting the seeds of hope and faith in a better way.