I have been watching the election coverage for the past two weeks. I am a Canadian, and American politics has always intrigued me. Americans are bolder, and perhaps more patriotic in a visible manner but we all share the same hopes for our nations. We want peace, we want prosperity and inclusion of all people. We want life to be valued and respected and most of all we do not want to live in fear.
I listened last evening to different people share their stories at the Democratic Convention and I came away knowing that people want to be valued and cared for no matter their colour, economic status, geographic location or abilities. I don't think that is unreachable or unattainable. Each and everyone of us can make another person feel valued. You don't have to hold an elected office, be the president, wear a uniform or speak many languages. You just have to reach out and touch another person's life in a tangible way.
I wish we would all step back and stop thinking about our entitlement and think more about serving others and how could I bless someone else today. If every human being would just start their day with that intentional thought on their mind, it would change the culture where we live, work and play.
In the western world we have so many things to be thankful for, and yet we all take them for granted until they are threatened, removed or attacked. We need to start valuing people, encouraging one another, walk alongside our brothers and sisters and genuinely care about the daily happenings in their lives.
I hope this post makes you stop and think about a heart of gratitude for your story and the choices you have to influence, enrich and serve another human being in their story.
Write a new chapter, and perhaps it will be a best seller for story well lived.