Sunday, January 13, 2019

Face in the mirror

On Facebook, pictures abound regarding this challenge of then and now. 'Challenges'. I laugh when I see them.

I could post a couple of pictures. Yes, I am a bit lumpier than I was years ago. I have a lot more white hair. The years have accumulated, and I show my age. And, I am beautiful.

Don't take that the wrong way. I can look in the mirror and see what could be there, but instead I see a woman who has had many blessings in her life. I see a woman who has felt deep pain and sadness. I see a woman who has loved and lost and loved again. I like that woman. Inside her are memories preserved, love of family that makes her glow, a heart that she wears on her sleeve and is ready to share it with anyone she meets. Yep, she is a pretty good looking lady.

I don't need a challenge. My life has been a challenge. I am perfect and getting more perfect all the time.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Be a power

When I grew up, there were two walls. One was the Great Wall of China which did not stop their enemies. The other was the Berlin Wall, which we cheered when it was brought down. We have no walls separating our border countries. We do not consider those countries and the people in them as enemies. The problem is not with the Mexican people. It is with a disease that has invaded our country. The money in this country and the evil here feed the drug cartels. Terrorists, drug smugglers, those seeking to hurt our country, use our country, will still find a way in.

When I was a child, row fences separating field from field and neighbor from neighbor were torn down. There was more rich soil to till, and neighbors learned to work together. Nothing is accomplished by anger and hate. Nothing is accomplished with barriers. Only by tearing them down.

This wall between Mexico and the US is a diversion by someone thinking we are dumb enough to fall for his repetitious folly. His game plan (which he uses all the time) is boring and tiresome. We are a nation made up of immigrants. My family and yours. This country became the home of slaves, not by choice, but this country is theirs as much as mine. They, in fact, are more deserving for what they suffered. Shame on those who participate in atrocious acts against any of these.  

We need to get past this arrogance and realize that we are no better than any other country, any other people. Our soldiers have died for this country and other countries. They fought together for the greater good. Hopefully, we learn that we do not need to kill to make a difference. We do not need to rule. Lives have been lost because of power hungry, arrogant people. Shame on us. We should do better. 

Let there be peace and peaceful ways of living in a world that belongs to all of us. Don't be a pawn. Be a power.