I noticed recently that things that matter seem to get watered down because we speak a language of trends and broad sweeping terms in our society. We live in a day and time that has a short attention span and a cause of the day, and sometimes just a passion of the minute. We do this because it helps us articulate concepts and categorize our thoughts. Or we do it because we get distracted or bored with the cause, the work, or the endless need for energy and attention.
The irony for me is we talk and inspire in generalities but we all actually live our lives in specifics, with an eye toward personalized circumstances and close-up people. We can make so much more of a difference if we personalized our focus and energy more, and took action based on this instead of generalized information. We would make greater strides if we looked at our choices with faces associated. For example:
When I think about hope for a cure for cancer, I don’t think about faceless scientists or big name organizations. I think about my friend Jean, Anna the mother of my friend Anita, my colleague Tammy and so many more.
When I think about soldiers laying down their lives for our freedom, I don’t think about commercials for Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. I think of my brother Jimmy, my Grandpas Jim and Juel, my Dad Jim, my friends Milton, Suzanne, Tommy, and the loved ones of my friends and neighbors.
When I look to uphold the rights of humans, no matter their race, gender, religion, or sexual identity, I don’t envision slogans and commercials. I honor and respect Shelly, Mike, Andy, Miguel, Yonah, Rakesh, Rong, and Angel.
When I seek to connect to others who write and inspire, I don’t think of facecless authors or iconic motivators. I read and admire Maureen, Lynnette, Ann, Jay, and many more. They use words, humor, inspiration, quotes, photography, and encouragement. They reach across the abyss known as the internet and they touch others.
I wish I had pictures of everyone to share on here. But you’ve seen a few. I challenge us, as a people who want so much to create a better world, to live life in specifics. Choose causes with faces you care about and know. Support and encourage people and not just the cause of the day. Let us stand for those we love and make all the difference in the world. Let us bless and be blessed!