A Ray of Hope
I first met Dr. Katy Nelson when I was a guest on her show. She invited me on to talk about my CritterKin book series and why it's so important to teach children empathy and kindness.
As she approaches her 40th birthday, she has been writing a series called 40 Days Til 40, and her post for today had me in tears. Isn't this what we all want? Isn't this the way forward? Thank you Dr. Katy for allowing me to share:
The 18th installment of #40DaysTil40 coming to you on Veteran's Day
"Yesterday a friend, a teacher, and an integral part of my neighborhood family, was subjected to hateful words from complete strangers simply because of his heritage while he was going about his daily business. Many are blaming the newly elected leader of our country for these events, and yes, to stand by quietly and allow something to happen is to be as complicit in the damage the events cause as the person actually committing them. But he did not put these words in that person's mouth, he did not put that hate in that person's heart...that hate was learned through years of people he loved and respected showing him that that is how we are allowed to treat others.
I can not change the results of the election, but what I can do is teach my children, and show them every single day through my actions, that what makes a person who they are is not the color of their skin, the shape of their eyes, the size of their house, the quality of their education, the person they choose to love, or the God they choose to worship. What truly makes a person who they are is the beauty within their soul, and their willingness to love, accept, and care for others.
To my friends - black, white, Asian, Hispanic, Indian, Israeli, gay, straight, Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, Christian, rich, or poor...I love you, I accept you, I will protect you, and I will fight for you...and I will teach my children to do the same.
To our veterans - you laid your life on the line for all of us, regardless of race, religion or sexual preference. It is YOU that we should all aspire to emulate.
And finally, to our President-Elect Donald J. Trump - it is time for you to stand up and condemn the hatred that is being spewed in your name. You are soon to be the leader of the greatest country in all of the world. It is your responsibility to represent, protect, and serve ALL of the people of this great nation. Please, sir, stand up for those that are hurting, stand up for those that are afraid, and stand up TO those who are committing these heinous acts under the guise of your acceptance. America deserves better than this
THE MOMENT THAT WE REALIZE THAT OUR DIFFERENCES ARE, IN FACT, OUR GREATEST STRENGTH IS THE MOMENT THAT OUR COUNTRY CAN ONCE AGAIN BE WHOLE. " - Dr. Kay Katy J. Nelsonn