I am just tired of people being ugly to each other…
John Coffey (like the drink only spelled different)
“The Green Mile ”
2015 was a bad year. It was a year of Donald Trump and politics as the Jerry Springer Show. It was about presidential politics as the newest reality show. It was about who to blame, who to be afraid of, who to scapegoat and racism, discrimination and prejudice as defense of American values. It was about things not being safe anymore and fear as the flame to stoke a virulent hatred and rage of people of different cultures and experiences. It was about police not being safe. It was about feeding hungry people being more of a burden than a responsibility. It was, for far too many, health care still dismissed as an Obama plot.
It was a year, not of opportunity, but of deprivation. It was a year, not of honesty, but of posturing and self promotion and political convenience. It was a year, not of building, but of separation and endless bickering and conflict. It was a year, not of what we stood for, but of not being able to stand each other.
It was a bad year.
Personally it was about separation and loss, poverty and sickness. It was about battle with a system dangerous. It was about fear and worry. It was about rage and a daily battle to maintain hope.
I hope you will now, on the first day of this year, commit to a year against fear, a year against rage and hate. I hope you will commit to a year of compassion. I hope you will commit to a year of purpose that says we are defined by what we care about and the kind of people we are.
It is time for a year of life. It is time for us to treasure others and be to them what we hope they will be to us. It is time for the bravery of ordinary people in extraordinary times.
It is time to know the past is neither verdict or destiny of what we can be.
It is time for a year of better living. It is time… finally time.. time for you and me.