There are times in life that a person needs to take a stand in life and make it known most clearly, what they believe in.
Gentle reader that time has come.
I watched something most amazing last night, most amazing indeed. A person stood up and said aloud for everyone to hear that he is his brothers and sisters keeper. These words were like an arrow to my heart and they rang with incredible sincerity. He said them like there were engraved on his heart, not a platitude he was uttering to impress the masses. He said them because he believed them, pure and simple.
Therefore, today, here for all of you to see I am taking a stand as well. Those words, well engraved on my heart, are how I live my life. I feel a measure of responsibility for those who occupy this glorious earth with me. I care if you are struggling in your daily walk, if you are having an off day; I want to share with you the joy that fills my being to overflowing. I want to improve your day and share your burden. I want you to know that I will listen to what you have to say and that I have a ready shoulder if you have tears to shed. I have food that I am glad to share. I care that you might be struggling making ends meet, that you argued with your spouse or parent or child, that you did not sleep well, you lost your job, or have some battle you for which you need a cheer leader.
My care does not stop at my neighbor’s door; it extends on to the injustices of the world. It troubles me greatly knowing that there is a vast gap in how I live and how much of the world lives. How is it that I am so blessed to be here at this place and time? From the simplest of things like running water in my home to a market where an abundance of choices overwhelm me, I truly want for nothing. It humbles me that I have brothers and sisters on this earth that do not have those same privileges. I also have live in an incredibly safe place, I need not fear that someone will come and take my home from me, wrest my children from my breast, and commit unspeakable acts of violence to me because of what I say, think, and believe. I can stand in the open and publicly disagree with things my government does, I can freely email any elected official and share my opinions with them. It saddens me greatly that there are those who live on the same planet I do that do not have those same civil liberties. Yet, how often do I take those very things for granted? All too often, I am afraid, all too often. To those whom much has been given, much is expected. It is that simple.
How shallow we are as the human race that we reduce ourselves to judging one another based upon what we see, never getting to know what is beyond the exterior and truly look at those around us. We do not want to step outside our comfort zone, we avoid change, and we cling to the familiar believing that is what is right. It is neither right nor okay – it builds barriers that keep us from our true potential. That kind of attitude serves self only and is not one that fosters change and we need to change!
Because I care about all those things and more, I want you to know that I am voting next week Tuesday because I believe with all my heart that my voice does count. Yes, I am my brothers and sisters keeper and my vote will be with all of you in mind.
I hope you will join me.
That, my dear lady, was awesome. Thank you.
Very nicely said, Kat.
As night owls, we are making the needed sacrifice to get there at poll open and vote! Thanks for the wonderful post! We are seeing history being made and I am so blessed
I stand by your side in proclaiming that I, too, am my brother and sister’s keeper. Thank you for this beautiful post =) *hugs*
Wasn’t it completely inspiring last night? I asked my neighbors to see if they needed a ride to the polls today and now I have a car full of voters!!! We will be joining you on Tuesday.
Incredibly well said 🙂
That was a well written post! I’m voting Tuesday as well. While I, too, am my brother’s keeper… I do recognize that not everyone thinks we need the same things. I hope and pray that whoever is elected at the end of this process (and is inaugurated on my birthday lol) can help our country through the myriad of problems that we face. Honestly, I don’t care who wins if they can accomplish that.
Today Kat knits up the threads of heart and mind into one fine, true garment.
Kat’s heart is speaking loudly yet wonderfully true to her form. I’m telling you, dear readers, she missed her calling. Her words flow when she’s got something to say.
Absolutely beautiful! I loved every word of it, and I felt it resonating in my heart.
I’m with you Kat. And I voted today, yea!
This was an awesome post! You are a very gifted writer. What flows from your heart is beautiful…..
This is a wonderfully moving post. Love every single word. Bless you!
Kat, your post speaks to what is right in this world, it resonates reassurance and fills me with optimism. Thank you so much for opening the window and letting in a breath of fresh air. I am inspired. 🙂