I'm not voting democratic this November..... yet I know many that are. And I love them.... no matter if we disagree politically.
I have friends and family that have had abortions. I love them. I have friends and family with drug problems. I love them.
I have taken care of law enforcement killed in the line of duty...... black and white.... and mourned with the community they served. I have taken care of gang members shot and killed for no reason other than poor choices...... and I wept with their surviving mothers and fathers. Their child made mistakes.... but they were still their child.
I work in the ER shoulder to shoulder with a team made up of white and black, rich and poor, gay and straight, Christian and non-Christian and all points in-between..... and we make an AWESOME TEAM. We laugh together, we eat together, we bear each others' loads, we cry, we bitch and moan, and we get the job done. And you know what??? I love that team.....
I have friends in the ministry serving God..... I have some that believe there is no God. I have some that aren't sure what's out there...... some that pray to other gods...... and yet we have lunch and laugh and be friends together.
I don't own a gun. At this moment......I have no desire to have one. But I will do whatever I can to make sure those that have them and want them has the freedom to do so. It is their right to own what they want.... just as it's my right to not have one. I have held the hands of the dying. Sometimes of old age, sometimes of trauma, sometimes of a disease that someone in their family thinks they "deserve" because of "God's Judgment". I tried my best to comfort them all equally.
I've also hugged complete strangers as they received devastating news that crushed their soul, changed their family's destiny, and gave them grief so profound they could no longer stand on their own strength. I've felt that pain before..... and if I can lessen it one bit for someone else.... then I will. Just this week alone..... I've given loving embraces to whites, blacks, Asians and probably some that fall in between. Not because I felt obligated.... but because I care who they are.... I value them. I love them as my friend, colleague, acquaintance, best friend, family.
ALL THIS TO SAY THIS...... Why are we making this so hard? Loving each other isn't hard. Just make your mind up to do it and DO IT. Race, creed, color, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, political affiliation, social status, educational levels, ....... IT DOESN'T MATTER.
We don't have to agree on everything. We don't have to even like each other all that much……But we must love each other,…respect each other. Do this..... and I promise you..... CNN and FOX and all that stuff will have nothing to talk about but Hollywood gossip and weather reports.
Hug someone..... and tell them you love them. Like a friend of mine quoted..... BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE.