Wednesday, December 27, 2017

2018 Changing ‘Us and Them’

Wow! What a year 2017 has been. I could hardly lie and say that I’m not thrilled to bid ado to it. 2017 has been a year like no other and I’m completely determined to do all that I can to make 2018 a genuinely good year.

As I look back with a critical eye upon this past year, one word comes to mind above all else … division. We have truly lived as a society divided. There has been division of gender, race, political affiliation, socio-economic standings, religion, and all that makes us “different” from one another. We have become a society with an “Us and Them” mentality versus one that includes and embraces all human beings.

When we throw hate toward our neighbor for their “differences,” what does that say about us? How can you judge someone based upon the color of his or her skin? Personally, I never found a more absurd mindset. If you have to make a judgment perhaps judging a person on the content of his or her character would be a logical approach to interacting with our fellow human beings. 

I’ve found myself repeatedly asking the question “When did being impoverished become a crime?” We seem to believe that those of us who are in a lower socio-economic class simply need to “get a job” and all will be well.  Seriously? There are millions of reasons for people to find themselves in financial turmoil – issues such as illness – and be thankful if you have never had to decide between buying food or paying the rent.

The biggie here for me has been hatred for political affiliations. The USA was founded upon open-minded thought processes and a multi-party system. We’ve survived as a nation because of this and yet, you hate me because I don’t belong to your party? Ridiculous! The day that Americans can’t listen to one another is the day that we’re done as a nation. Please tell me that it’s not too late. After all is said and done, we all put our lipstick on the same way. 

As 2017 comes to close, I pledge to embrace the diversity that makes us great. #DiversityNotDivision for 2018! 

With all of my heart, I hope that 2018 brings you amazing and wonderful things!

xo Y.

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