On the news last night (yes, it was a rare day that I listened) they were covering the various school boards trying to decide if masks would be mandatory or not. A doctor spoke up saying it was necessary for the safety of the children. Then they cut to a mom standing up saying as with any medical concern it should be up to the parents.
Despite the fiery passions over this topic, there isn't really a "right" answer from that perspective. Personally, I agree that my child's health and safety is my decision. I also will do anything and everything to keep my precious children safe. While I am skeptical of the medical system as a whole I have rooted out doctors that I trust and would follow their guidance. In my family's case, that is to mask. And it does make me nervous to think of other children being around mine unmasked. But all I can do is MY best for MY kids.
So whose opinion matters? Whose voice counts? There are plenty that say every voice counts because this is America. Sadly these are some of the same people who agree with tighter voter restrictions. So, as Americans, do all our voices count? I wish I could say yes, but that is an answer we as a society is still working toward. And even when all our voices count and ring out, are the ultimate decisions not still made by those we deemed in charge?
I can speak until I am blue in the face that our currency should be called a Yemmy. Does that make it true? Does my opinion count in this situation? I am no specialist in currency naming.
We all have a place where our opinion carries weight. We all have our specialties and our training, whether that be life's or school's. For the example of masks, doctors and parents carry weight in this decision. It is unfortunate there is not more agreement between the two.
The katydid pictured above is currently one of my daughter's best friends. She spent a day with it. Her heart is big and pure and to her this one insect matters. It counts.
Perhaps the world would be a better place if we all saw things through innocent eyes. If we spent a day with each other, just enjoying some sunshine, would we matter more to each other? Would we all count if we had this connection that made us all human, made us all friends?
Despite my opinions, as strong as they are, I am not the only one speaking. And I certainly hope that I am not the only one listening. I hope at some point we can come back together as humans and accept and respect each other for this one common thread we share.
I'm grateful to listen to my own guidance in keeping my kids safe. I'm grateful to live within my comfort level and not push myself to meet other people where they are. I'm grateful to respect their voice and opinion even if I strongly disagree. I'm grateful my husband and I agree on most things. I'm grateful my children happily wear masks. I'm grateful for a katydid that walked into our hearts and was excepted just as it was.
How do you practice listening to your own voice? How do you practice honoring other people's voice?
May today remind us that every voice has a right to speak. May we also remember that each voice holds its own weight in its own field. No matter where we are may we respect each other and accept that we are coming from different situations and backgrounds. Have a beautiful day!