Some days the world around me looks like we've come so far from the days of bus seat protests. Other days I see how far we still have to go until everyone can be accepted as equal. And I will admit that part of the reason some days look so good is because I am a white, middle class, woman living heterosexually with husband and child. I fit the mold of expectation in those ways. I also like to see the best in people and sometimes those rose colored glasses overshadow how others see and treat that same person.
Ideally, moving this world forward to a more loving and accepting place is a daily goal. But this of all days is one to make a larger commitment. What can we do today to move our community toward true equality? What can we each do today to make everyone we meet feel loved and equal? What can we do to make this place feel and BE safe for each person to be who they are without risk of judgement or worse?
I don't have the best answers. It is a question I ask myself and my friends that are still suffering persecution frequently. What can I do that will truly make a difference? At the very minimum I can continue to honor people for who they are, giving love and respect no matter their beliefs, lifestyle, gender, race, sexual preference or any other thing that makes them whole. We all deserve this love and respect.
I'm grateful for all the ease I have had just by how I was born. I'm grateful to recognize this privilege and I'm grateful to believe that it should be the same for every person on Earth. I'm grateful to truly believe that we are one, that we are equal, and that no matter preference, birth, or lifestyle should change this basic right. I'm grateful to keep my eyes and ears open for larger ways to make a difference in this battle. I'm grateful to give love and respect. And I'm grateful for the hope and inspiration for which this day is a reminder and the action it spurs.
Now, I need to take a moment on a side note. Last night the Chiefs played the Patriots for a spot at the Superbowl. This is huge for the Chiefs and while we lost it still ignited a hope and fire in Kansas City. I'm grateful for how well they held against the Patriots. I'm grateful for players that inspire hope. I'm grateful for the exhilaration and excitement of the game. And I'm grateful to have high hopes for next year as this season draws to a close. Is this as deep and meaningful and equality for all people, no. But it definitely lit a fire of hope and inspiration that carries over today into this important day. It got the fire started and now a bigger cause can stoke the flames. So let's get out there a make a difference!
What will you do today to make a difference? How can you get involved at a deeper level? Who do you know that still doesn't have the equality and respect they deserve? And dare I say, if you don't know anyone, expand your range of friends because knowing someone living it will be more inspiration than any blog on changing it.
May today open our eyes and hearts to those still suffering. May we take positive steps today and each day until true equality, love and respect are achieved for every person. May we see with our hearts that we are truly all one family. Have a beautiful day!