Strength, hope and hard truths

Those of us living in America are faced with heartache, pain, anger and confusion, both in the streets and in our hearts. This pandemic has affected all our lives, some were personally touched by loss and suffering of our loved ones.  And in the midst of all this, the light is being shined on issues that existed more apparently to some than others. 

First I want to take a moment to acknowledge all the people who have died of covid-19 and all the people who are in extreme pain and anger due to the racial issues happening in this country; issues that have existed but perhaps were never dealt with or discussed. 

With all the chaos in the streets we have been given the opportunity to truly learn about one another and the darkness some of our people face. For those of you who have not seen these hard truths before, perhaps though lack of exposure to what people of color have had to deal with, I salute you for trying to learn; to make a difference. For true change to occur, it starts with understanding the issues, knowing their effects and then together coming up with solutions to better the situation.

For those of us of color, no one can truly understand what we have experienced and are experiencing unless they have been there.  Many people don’t know what they don’t know.  Using our voices can help them to no longer be ignorant of our truths.

There is much anger in many people in our country, and while anger is a natural response, and people have a right to feel this way, we need a solution, we need change. Is it possible to channel this anger into a solution, into moving forward in a constructive way?

Hard truths come to light that have left us all in pain and fear. Whether you know it or not, you are getting up each day and getting through the pain.  Acknowledge yourself for doing that. Even when you feel overwhelmed, the strength to do that exists within you. 

Your pain and anger are starting points for your strength.TOGETHER WE SHALL OVERCOME

I ask you to join me and express your solidarity by taking 60 seconds of Silence for all those lives needlessly lost, for all those stories that were never told, for all the pain, fear and heartache that our beautiful country is facing.  Let’s stand together as a nation, and make a difference. 

Just take a small action, whether it is taking time to understand why people are so angry, what they have been experiencing, or whether it is taking more concrete action by speaking out, sharing your stories of pain and teaching others where this stems from.

Together we can create change.  By standing together in unity and love, supporting one another, making the effort to truly look at why people are hurting so much, we can begin to heal as a nation and be better and stronger for it.

Be Well, Be Blessed