June 4, 2014
“Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrong.” – Charlotte Bronte
“You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.” – Indira Gandhi
“What I’ve learned about being angry with people is that it generally hurts you more than it hurts them.” – Oprah Winfrey
People seem to be angry lately. We were angry in the 60s and 70s, but seemed to come back to our senses and live more quietly. During the decades since our world made a lot of strides and a lot of mistakes, but we grew and lived together in relative peace, that is, until the past few years when our personal, national and international anger has grown and become more dangerous for the citizens of many countries, including our own.
In some countries the citizens are overthrowing their governments. Others are being invaded by larger and more-well-armed neighbors. Some people think that anyone who has a different outlook on life should be killed. In our own country more and more people who feel alienated decide to take it out on others, sometimes many others. We then grieve for those who gave their lives.
Some of our politicians seem to think that the only way to achieve their ends is to set up blocks to any kind of progress or change. Some seem to think that anything proposed by the other political party is evil and must be obliterated. Some seem to think that particular politicians are determined to destroy our country. This was the attitude in the years leading up to and including the Civil War and several years after.
Do we want to relive those years with more deadly weapons?
Are we willing to see that we all bleed the same color blood?
Are we willing to try to accept our neighbors for who they are?
Are we and our politicians willing to listen to the others’ opinions?
Are we willing to accept that we all want the same outcome but are approaching the problem from different angles?
Are we willing to talk to each other and learn what is in the other person’s heart?
Or are we going to continue to act on what we think the other person is thinking?
Thank you for this beautiful world and all the people and creatures on it. Open our eyes to see that all of us just want what we think is best for our loved ones. Open our hearts so each of us can learn to accept the other for who he or she is inside. Open our minds to be willing to reach out to those we think are our enemies. I ask this for each person on our planet Earth, no matter who he or she may be. And, so it is.
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