An open letter to all of humanity

I love you.

You have something to offer. You were crafted with purpose, destiny, and worth. You are more valuable than you might ever possibly realize.

You aren’t alone in this journey. You were never meant to carry the weighty burdens of life exclusively on your shoulders. You don’t have to suffer in the emptiness of your solitude.

Look around. There are others just like you. Fellow souls facing identical trials, hardships, and worry. The shadows of uncertainly loom darker with each passing day. This world flails in the grip of impending disaster.

But, you don’t have to be afraid. Don’t bury your head in the sand with the belief that there is no one left who cares. Believe in the goodness of others even when you can’t see it. Choose to see people as an intricate piece in the puzzle of life.

It doesn’t work unless we all fit together.

Sometimes you may have to change your view, twist around to see the bigger picture. Give up your place at the table for the correct piece to find its home.

It’s about treating others with respect, dignity, and compassion even when they don’t deserve it. If we don’t stand for a better way, nothing will ever change. It’s doomed to fail unless we work together.

No one is any better than another. We were all created in and stamped with the same image of our Heavenly Creator. With careful precision, He delicately formed us before the beginning of time.

I believe that, but not because I want you to follow my God.

I believe it because I choose to see the best in people. When I gaze into a mirror, I see more than just the color of my skin and the lineage of my ancestors. I see a world of people standing behind me. I see billions of differences with a common denominator.

We are human.

We all reside on the very same ball of green and blue. We all bleed the same color of crimson. We all have hope that there is something better than what we see churning around us.

If we can’t get past our politics, theology, and opposing beliefs, we will lose sight of humanity. We will forget about our brother, our sister, and only think about ourselves.

We can’t allow that to happen. We can’t afford it.

There are too many who need our help. We can’t be afraid of differences. We need to slam the door on bigotry, hatred, and racism. Of all kinds. Towards all people. No exceptions.

Refuse to live in fear. Refuse to live in paranoia. Refuse to shut out the rest of your fellow man.

It’s time we made a change. It’s time we open our arms to one another. It’s time to drop the labels and stereotypes and do something good for others. It’s time we stop judging someone by the color of their skin or the ethnicity of their heritage. White or black. Red or yellow. Brown or anything else.

If there is a rainbow of life, we are the illumination. We are crayons in a box. Blending together to make this world more beautiful.

Some will read this letter and simply shrug it off as complete nonsense. A pipe dream that exists in some parallel universe far beyond our grasp. But, no one ever said change was easy.

And that’s what is needed. A change.

It has to start within ourselves. We can change the way we treat others. Change the way we speak to others. Change the way we look at others.

One small change, followed by more of the same, will create ripples throughout the ocean of humanity.

I see a better world. I see a future where we care more about our fellow man than we do ourselves. There will always be those who choose a different path. But, they don’t have to be the majority.

Let’s take a stand today.

A stand for love.

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