Saturday, January 17, 2015

We Need To Change

I don't usually post anything controversial or political - on my blog, Facebook, or anywhere. I have just realized that people don't change their minds based on what you tell them, and it really just leads to bad feelings between people who don't agree.

But, tonight, when I signed on to work on a new product I saw a horrible news story. You know those news stories where you wish you really hadn't seen them? Then you feel guilty because you don't want to see the story, and some poor person had to live it. I'm not going to share the story here because it is so horrible. Trust me, you don't want to know.

The story was about a mother who did something terrible to her child. As my own baby lies here sleeping next to me, I can't imagine ever doing anything to cause her pain. Mothers aren't supposed to harm their children. Tragically, some people are sick - there is something wrong that makes them do these horrible things. It is so sad, for everyone.

We see people in the news every day who were struggling. They needed help and they didn't get it, and then something terrible happens.

I don't know about you, but I am tired of it.

We need to take better care of each other. We need to help each other and support each other, without expecting anything in return.

Why don't we take care of each other?

Companies who aren't willing to give their employees sick leave? States trying to pass laws so that certain people can't get married? People willing to kill because someone practices the wrong religion?

I realize this sounds very political, but I am just seeing so much distrust and hate in these acts. Why can't we give others the benefit of the doubt? Why can't we help others when we can - the way we would hope someone would help us when we needed it?

We are all just people. No matter what religion we practice, the color of our skin, or the balance in our checking accounts.

I don't know exactly what I am trying to say. I just feel like I need to get all of this off my chest. In my experience people need two things to thrive. First, they need to feel accepted and loved. Second, they need hope. When either of these things is missing, bad things happen.

As teachers, we are in the business of providing these two things in the classroom. My challenge to you (and myself), is to strive to provide them everywhere we go. Maybe we will be the example the people around us need to change their lives.

I apologize for the preachy tone here. I do not want to lecture anyone. I know that I personally can do so much more than I do now, and I am going to work to do that.

Because I am tired of the alternative.

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