Saturday, September 27, 2014

Everyone struggles

Everyone you know is struggling with something.
The young barista who serves your coffee is working two jobs to support her handicapped toddler.
The guy who acts like a jerk at the company party is filled with guilt about how his prescription drug habit is costing him his home, his family, and maybe eventually his life.
The older woman who sits on the bench at the mall is still besotted by grief 10 years after her husband's  death.
The strong and confident politician is fighting a private battle against the pornography addiction that has taken over his life.
The nurse at your clinic is contemplating whether or not to commit Medicare fraud in order to send her three kids to college.
Your preacher or pastor is fighting against burnout and frustration because the congregation may not be doing enough to spiritually support he and his family.
Your newly-minted adult children are grappling with trying to understand all the pressures that come with being an adult.

And what about you?
What are you struggling with today?
Greed. Hatred. Divorce. Lust. Anger. Apathy. Depression. Doubt. Addiction. Health problems.

Remember as you go out into the world this week:
Everyone is struggling with something.

With that realization, may we live with grace towards the people we meet. Whether they are our closest family members or strangers in line at the grocery store, let's resolve to smile, to speak kindness, to truly care about the concerns and needs of others.

I struggle so much everyday, and many of you who read this blog have been a great source of encouragement to me. I appreciate that, and I want to pay that kindness forward to the people in my life that need an extra blessing this week.

Let's keep being positive and looking forward and we will make it - together.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Remembering 9/11

This ad ran in the weeks after September 11, 2001 celebrating the undying spirit of New York City.

Our enemies can destroy our buildings, but they only win if they cause us to compromise our values and turn our backs on the principles that have made our country great.
They can take our very lives, but our culture, our strength, our belief in freedom and justice still stand.
May we always be a society that strives to value diversity, celebrates tolerance, and seeks peace and goodwill among all people. We realize that we have not yet fully reached our ideals, but we reach for them nonetheless.
We must never forget that we live in a dangerous world, but we must also remember that there are good and decent people in every nation, race, and faith.
One of the lessons of 9/11 is that we are strongest when we are united. It should not take tragedy to bring us together but rather the simple realization of our common humanity. Let's resolve to love and serve freely, and in doing so, we will play some small part in overcoming the darkness in the world.