There is a lot going on in our country right now, lots of division and lots of hate. I was sitting here thinking about it and trying to make sense of it, I can’t.
It made me think of my work place. I work with a group of women, all from different backgrounds, different races, different religions, we all have different personality types and different political views and yet our days working together are not filled with fights and nasty words, quite the opposite actually. Why do you think this is?
Yesterday a few of us were talking and sharing with one another. Many of us have had very devastating losses in our lifetime, many of those losses have actually happened to us in the 4 years I’ve worked there. I lost my husband, others have lost a father, a sister, and so many more…some are watching their loved one fight addiction and being left to feel helpless. Through it all we have lifted each other up!
Yesterday as I sat there listening to them share with me and sharing with them as well, laughing, tears being shed…I never once saw skin color. You know what I saw? Human beings who have been through a lot and are continuing to fight to move forward.
I am proud of the group of women I work with everyday. They are part of my family. I don’t care if their skin color is darker than mine, or lighter than mine (although that’s pretty much impossible with my Irish genes!), I don’t care if they share the same beliefs as me, I simply love them. They have done so much for me. They’ve been understanding if I came into work and cried and just needed to talk it out, they’ve hugged me, they’ve cried with me and I’ve done the same for them.
This world needs to stop for a second and really look at people. See who they are REALLY and not just who you think they are. We all may come from different backgrounds, religions, races, everything, but one thing we can ALL do is LOVE each other!
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35
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Wonderfully said, Nora. It is beyond me how people get to the point where they hate, based on externals. They weren’t born that way! It seems to me (without doing any actual counting) that there are more people now speaking out against haters than there were in past years. It’s more of an “oddity” or an “abnormality” to be a racist. Thank you for speaking out!
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