It got me to thinking about my country, the United States of America.
About our freedom, our way of life, and the things that have made our country great...in it's very, very short life time.
As a nation some of what we have "in common" are resources we have simply come to expect...clean water, good roads, abundant access to food, shelter, and transportation. The right to an education, to medical care, and fair treatment regardless of sex, religion, or color. But we have so much more in common~
Then the bumper sticker I was staring at began to bother me.
I sense a problem. We are so focused on what makes us different that we forget to take a hard look at all the ways we are the SAME.
I can identify with a mother, a sibling, or a child.
I know what it is to be hungry, or cold, or to be a lover, a friend, alone, to want to be held, to be afraid, to weep, to lose, to win, to be poor, to have money, to ache, to grow, to stretch, to breathe, to live, to almost die.
To want to know God, or wish there wasn't one, for my heart to race when I get excited, to cry over songs that make me miss someone I loved, to inhale deeply when the grass has been mowed, to look up at the Moon and wonder...
These things are universal. These things connect us without tethers to skin color, or genitalia, or worhip preferences. The basic ebb and flow of human existence...we must remember how we are all connected.
The principal that holds families together is the idea that what makes us "ONE" is of greater value than what makes us different, though our differences are important.
It's the feeling we get at a ball park when our team scores a home run, or even loses. Our elation, or sadness, is a result of our feeling connected to the team- made up of pitchers, and batters, in fielders and out fielder.
We are rooting for the family, the team... our country~
I wish I had a bumper sticker that said,
Honor and Respect our Unity
I just might have to make one for myself...