It’s been a couple of weeks since I last shared some thoughts with you. I sat down to write when there was yet another controversy, this time involving another Gold Star Family. But, I decided to wait to post a message as I have been deliberately trying to steer clear of politics and policies. Love Thy Neighbor, the idea behind it is to be positive, uplifting and to remind us of the Golden Rule…. Love Thy Neighbor’s central idea is to practice kindness and for each of us to play a small role to bring civility to our discourse. Bring humanity back to our interactions.
Since that day a couple of weeks ago when I sat to write, there was the terrorist attack in New York City and there have been 19 mass shootings resulting in 12 deaths and 59 injuries. If you add the shooting in the Texas Church this past Sunday, that toll increases to 39 deaths and 79 injuries. Many of these shootings sadly, based on so many horrific events, do not make the national news.
While I am just a few posts into Love Thy Neighbor, there have been days when I’ve wanted to just simply abandon the whole idea, because perhaps people don’t care. Or perhaps we are too far gone as a society. But, then, something happens that gives me encouragement to keep forging ahead with the message and with the hopes that in some small way, it gives someone pause to take a nice action rather than a rude or mean-spirited one. That it contributes to a movement that brings us to community rather than factions, kindness and decency rather than hatred and disrespect.
So, one of my daughters shared with me the story of Baltimore middle schoolers singing Andra Day’s “Rise Up,” which has gone viral. Robin Roberts introduced the youth on a segment of Good Morning America and shared that there have been over 21 million online views. The attached link and title of The Washington Post article sums it up, the children’s rendition “helps soothe a troubled nation.”
I keep the faith for numerous reasons. And I am hopeful with the knowledge that there are at least 21 million others out there looking for the positive and to be uplifted. For a beautiful moment in time, it came from a group of Baltimore middle schoolers that understood the power in the idea of Rising Up.
If you have a couple of minutes and want a boost, I encourage you to watch the Good Morning America segment.