Wisdom Wednesday: United States of America

The last few months leading up to last night’s presidential election have torn us apart as a country. Our differences of beliefs have been plastered all over social media, and the news. Politics has become a dirty dirty game. Non-Americans would probably see us as the Divided States of America.

Seeing my friends who don’t even know each other argue on my Facebook page really heightened this feeling. The feeling of separation.

But then I started thinking about the things that bring us together. And I remembered the things we have in common.

Like knowing all the lyrics to the Fresh Prince of Bel Air Intro:

Fresh Prince of Bel Air

Here are some other things we have in common:

  • Desire to give and receive love
  • Desire to be happy
  • Desire to succeed
  • Desire to be heard
  • Dreams for the future

And here are some bad things we have all experienced:

  • Pain
  • Suffering
  • Loss
  • Anger
  • Lonliness
  • Fear
  • Judgment
  • Disappointment

Life is too short to major on the minors. Or to focus on our differences. If you want to live your life like that, it’s up to you. But why not enjoy life? Why not celebrate each other’s accomplishments? Why not support those around us instead of tear them down?

I strongly believe in our freedoms–religion, politics, speech, etc. But I do not think that our differences should divide and separate! We need to learn how to accept that not everyone has the same beliefs. And instead of spending time fighting about arguments, why not talk about the things we have in common?

A House Divided

Have you ever been in a romantic relationship with someone who you agree with all the time, about everything? I find that incredibly impossible. Most people have disagreements and sometimes it’s everyday. But if you have love and respect for each other, you find a way to make it work.

All of us were raised in different cultures, with different surroundings, experiences, outlooks, and economical backgrounds. Therefore, we are going to have differing thoughts about politics. But just like in a marriage or dating relationship, we need to find a common bond so we don’t tear each other’s hair out!

We’re all living on the same piece of land (U.S. as a whole), going to the same stores, driving on the same roads. We’re all going to work or looking for work. We all have the same basic needs: food/shelter. So whether you want to admit it or not, the U.S. is like a big ol’ house. The only way we can build momentum and fix the broken parts is to come together, accept our differences and embrace our brothers and sisters–of all races, religions, creeds, etc.

I think it’s time for us to realize again and to show the world that we are:

The United States of America!

 

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Throwback Thursday: Love in Any Language

When I attended elementary school, we had an annual World’s Fair celebration for one week each year. During this celebration week, we would study other countries of the world including their customs, culture and even taste some of their delicacies. I remember one year we studied France and made Crêpes!

During the World’s Fair week we listened to a theme song each day played during the morning announcements.

I enjoyed the song so much that I sang it in our talent show in 4th grade. And each morning instead of the original song being played, the administrators played my version of it. They also played my version when I was in 5th grade.

The song was a little cheesy and the original singer was a little operatic, but I thought about the words to this song and I think our world and definitely the U. S. A. could use a reminder of the lyrics–right about now!

Basically the song says that although we all have differences, are hearts are the same. We need and want to receive and give love.

Regardless of our differences or political preference–let’s get back to what really matters in life: Love!

Mean and hateful people are usually people that need love most. So if you have some angry/bitter/hateful people in your lives right now, show them some love.

I can guarantee it will make a difference.

Love to you all!

Angie