It's been another tough week in this country. I feel like every week, there is a new heartbreak and what this country really needs right now is a whole lot of healing. I wish I had the answers for the world's problems, but sometimes I don't have the answers for my own problems. All I can say is that respect and empathy go a long way and it's important to remember that the person next to us might be having a bad day and could use a little love. There is so much hate in this world and I wish people could look beyond the end of their noses and embrace the things that make us all unique. I pray for healing and peace over this country during the next few weeks. It's time for a change.
This week, I'm grateful for:
- The good people in this world. I got to witness a candlelight vigil starting late last week and in the crowd were people of all skin colors and several different religious faiths and they were peacefully honoring all the lives lost over the course of the week. It is possible to gather together peacefully without letting hatred and violence take away from the purpose. We must remember, we are not our race, our religion, our sexual orientation. We are humans and we are all unique. Let's stop labeling as "black" and "white", "Christian", "Muslim" or "Jew", "gay" or "straight". Let's start looking at people for who they are on the inside, for their character, for their individuality. Yes, there are bad people in this world, but bad isn't limited to one specific group of people, and there is a whole lot more good than bad.
- Instagram. Have I mentioned that I love this social platform? I am always so inspired when I log in and have enjoyed connecting with some amazing and talented people. Stay tuned for a post featuring some of my favorite Instagrammers later this week.
- My vegetable container garden. I got some of my seedlings transplanted into bigger buckets over the weekend and they are growing so quickly. Hopefully, we will have some yummy produce to eat soon!
- New notebooks. There is something about opening a new notebook, seeing a clean sheet of paper and starting a new list. I've been inspired by so many things recently and I need to write it all down so I can remember it all and I have a pretty notebook just for that task.
- Hindsight. Whoever first said that hindsight was 50/50 was a smart man. I am often amazed how something that seems like such a good thing while I'm in the thick of it, can be so obviously wrong when I look backward. I'm thankful to have come out the other end wiser.
What are you grateful for today?