I am faced with many questions today thanks to Ms. Maya Angelou’s book “Letter To My Daughter”. I have to say that after reading her work all my thoughts started sounding more like complaints. Yes this country has changed drastically and it is not the same safe country it once was. But complaining about it and not doing anything may as well be called hypocrisy.
I remember when we didn’t lock doors and we can let our children play outside with no fear. What happened? where did we go wrong? I think that answer may be as simple as, we forgot to love. We have heard numerous stories of triumphant men and women raising their kids against many obstacles and enjoying in the victory of seeing their kids become outstanding men and women serving as doctors, lawyers, engineers, electricians etc… They acquired a skill regardless of their surrounding because their home was built on love. Love for themselves, their parents and this country. We also hear of children of the wealthy and celebrities who end up in jail, or on drugs. Why because they didn’t find the love they so desperately needed. Money and two parents at home is not a guarantee that you will be loved and that you will have all you need. Money is not love nor are material acquisitions.
I borrowed this picture from the internet because it fits perfectly here.
Ms. Angelou also mentioned her friend Fannie Lou Hamer and her questions of forty years ago. They are:
“What do I think of my country? What is there, which elevates my shoulders and stirs my blood when I hear the words, the United States of America: Do I praise my country enough? Do I laud my fellow Citizens enough? What is it about my country that makes me hang my head and avert my eyes when I hear the words, the United States of America, and what am I doing about it? Am I relating my disappointment to my leaders and to my fellow citizens, or am I like someone not involved, sitting high and looking low? As Americans, we should not be afraid to respond.”
So lets all do something about it. We don’t have to donate money to be charitable. We can share love, a kind word, a smile or a caress. Lets do our best to be full of love and kindness. Love can conquer so many things.
If we don’t agree with the way our senators, governors, mayors and president are running our country, lets tell them. Stop their corruption and special interests by not re-electing them and giving someone else a chance. They should be submitted to the same rule in which no-one serves more than two consecutive terms.
Lets get our America back. Yes we can!!!!!