it is what it is.
where has this country come? we need so much more. for survival. understanding, compassion, commitment to unity, justice, truth, equality, equity, love of one another, peace among peoples.
the last days we have watched the democratic national convention. we have connected with the real-ness of regular folks, politicians, celebrities across the country who have had something to say. we have listened. we expected words of encouragement, words of hope, words of comfort, words of healing, words of promise to unify and not divide, words we could trust, words of truth. and we have heard them. our hearts swelled with a bit of optimism; our pulse slowed and calmed.
we heard the poignant words of michelle obama, speaking about the promise of this country. we heard the tenderness in jill biden as she spoke about the empathy of her husband, about the import of love and understanding and kindness in this nation. we watched people from each state and territory, on their own stomping ground, cast their delegates for the democratic presidential candidate. we listened and teared up and, mostly, we hoped for these instruments of peace to rise above the noise and the furor of division in this country, slobbering all over itself with rabid foam, inviting ultimate disaster.
we will watch next week as well. the republican national convention will be different than the democratic national convention, for sure. in a climate where i’m not sure everyday republicans even have a grasp of what the party means anymore, it will be important for us to glean that for ourselves. in an effort to attempt to understand the position of others we know and love, it will only be fair to watch both conventions. we will expect words of encouragement, words of hope, words of comfort, words of healing, words of promise to unify and not divide, words we can trust, words of truth.
we live in community. this country’s backbone is the melding of many peoples working to form a “more perfect union” together, to build together, to grow together, to share a common purpose. we shall never arrive as instruments of hatred. we shall arrive, however, as instruments of peace.
it is what it is. what will we choose to do? who will we choose to be?
INSTRUMENT OF PEACE ©️ 2015 david robinson