Living in the moment and loving it! I write to reflect on the issues that inspire us to be more, the topics we need to address with passion and people that deserve special recognition. I write to simply write, because I love to and I believe we should live out our dreams.
Sometimes I find it amazing that Americans feel news issues
are black and white as in I will get involved and try to make a difference or I
won’t. There is also the attitude of
Autism is so prevalent!
informed verses keeping oneself so busy that staying abreast as to what
is going on in one’s country is not of interest. That attitude of total
disinterest has exceptions when the issue has a direct effect on people. Then
they manage to find the time and step up to the plate. I would argue that many issues covered in the
news that do not directly affect us indirectly do. Therefore, individually or collectively as a
group, we should pay attention and consider making a difference in some small
Just recently, we all know the situation in Baltimore has
created what the community feels warrants large protests in the street. I was glad to see this mirrored in other
cities. What happens in one city can
easily happen in others, even if there wasn't proof that it is already. It was also refreshing to see how many white
colored and other minorities joined in these walks, as they should. Prejudice
and labeling is an insult to us all. Would these other races be as involved if
the issue were not so highly publicized?
I don’t know the answer but I think it is worth contemplating.
I remember years ago when I had watched a television expose
on sex trafficking. It followed prominent American men going to Thailand for
services. In watching the show in my comfortable home in Nashville, Tennessee
and seeing young girls around the age of 10-12 offering men blow jobs for a
dollar or two for food while they lived in horrid conditions, my mind was blown
away. Hearing about this topic is one thing, seeing it in action is another
thing. It is so abhorrent I felt compelled to do something.
I went to work the next day and told several women I worked
with about it. One woman, in particular, was married to a preacher of a Pentecostal
church. When I told her I wanted to do something to make a difference, she recommended
I find another cause as that one was too far out of reach for me to make a
difference. Well, saying no to those children was heart-breaking as I could not
get the image out of my head.
I made a commitment, from then on in Sept. 2010 I was going
to say a prayer every day on my way to work that by Christmas something would
happen and at least some of those girls would get out of there. I said the same
prayer every day with such conviction asking God to please help those people on
the news show that were committed to that mission, getting girls out of sex
slavery, to make a big break. Then it
happened. The first week of Dec. I was
driving to work listening to the news. I had just finished my prayer and it
came on. A huge rescue attempt had been
made and was successful and a roundup of girls had been made that had been held
in sex slavery! Our government released
a statement saying it was one of the largest numbers of children they had
gotten out of this situation. I believe prayer does make a difference!
We all have our concerns in life with issues that affect our
lives more directly. As a breast cancer survivor, I am fervently in support of the
American Cancer Society’s Making Strides
Debbie Thomas, Director of Strides & myself, 2014, media specialist
against Breast Cancer. I currently, during the season, help with the
social media. I participate in other areas for this event too wanting it, each
year, to be bigger and more successful in donations and awareness than the
next. Though I do not see my involvement
as self-serving, I do see it as a natural evolvement.
It is important to support areas that are outside of our
comfort zone. I admire those that do
more than pray, those that do more than read about it. But doing anything is better than doing
nothing! The issues are plentiful, animals being endangered, people having rare
forms of illness, children dying from lack of healthcare, gay rights.
Care enough to be motivated to understand the issue and why
it indirectly affects you. People need
each other to get involved and make a stand. The idea that gay people can get
medical insurance from companies as a partner but in states are not allowed to
marry seems so contradictory. Do we
really want our money spent on fighting over this issue when there are issues
out there causing quality of life? I
have a grandchild that could use a service dog, a friend that could use medical
assistance, families in major cities that could use money spent on police
There is a line between being concerned and being
consumed. With all of the stress in our
lives, no one needs to take on added stress. However, helping a brother is
something we are all called to do. To expect the world to help you in your hour
of need when your life has been played out serving no one but your own needs
and wants is hypocritical. I urge you to
find the time. Even if it is simply to become knowledgeable about some of the
issues we are facing. Hopefully, with
that understanding, you will be more than willing to take a few moments out of
your life to try to make a difference. Stepping up feels good and is more
rewarding than sitting down.