Gratitude * Sunday
Sunday’s heartfelt tradition.
A time to slow down, to reflect, to be grateful.
A list of gratitudes, our gratefulness feeds one another.
Quoted from Taryn Wilson
Joining the Gratitude Sunday Tradition at Wooly Moss Roots.
Thunder storms the hot
Sky speaking words of lightning,
Nature’s scary voice.
There goes June! Half a year is over. And even with the 4th of July next Saturday Americans are still fighting for freedoms.
Back in 1776 13 colonies hammered out some details to release themselves from the tyranny of the mother country who wanted to dictate religious behavior and tax the new country long distance. We’d had enough. It’s why we came here. To start a new world, with new ways.
The new way morphed over 200 plus years and now we are fighting oppression within our own country, and amongst our own people. Government paid by its own constituency wants to dictate whom you can love, whom you can marry, how you must look, and behave. People in this country founded on freedom are killed by its own police force and health care system charged with protecting it: people of color, or age, people who believe religiously differently from others, fat people.
Females are blamed for their own rapes and abuse; blacks are killed indiscriminately because of skin color; churches close their doors to people who are different than them. Bullying plain and simple, coming from the top down, and we wonder why our children struggle with bullying in school. It’s in our way of life.
It’s time for a tide change in America. If we are truly about freedom, we honor everybody, regardless of belief systems, heritage, or orientations. We don’t let our politicians run our lives and we stand up for truth by taking direct action, not waiting for a corrupt government to dictate to us what they think is right. We even the playing field by helping others who have less than us, those who have fewer wits, fewer advantages, less privilege and we don’t view it as a movement of socialism or any other organized system or penalize them when they try to relieve their pain as people of all walks of life do. We do it because it is right.
Instead of our government sucking us dry with tax dollar collection going into legislative pockets, with the tax dollars we already collect, we subsidize mothers, and children, and families and we don’t blame them for their poverty. We provide health care (not health insurance at a cost) across the board, and education, and job skills. We teach people to feed themselves in their own communities and don’t rely on government funded Big Box Agriculture which fails us nutritionally anyway. We don’t buy prejudice. We allow people to believe and behave however they want as long as they do not hurt others, and we don’t hold it against them when they believe differently than us.
And we don’t study war no more. (Grammar, on purpose). We do not force or impose ourselves upon other countries, but take care of our own first. We employ Americans in American jobs rather than cutting costs to make a bigger profit for the company by sending the work to other countries. We take care of Americans who have served their country in whatever fashion by helping them with housing, employment, and health care.
We take care of the country we have created, repairing the crumbling infrastructure to keep up with modern needs by employing American men and women to get the jobs done. We create the world we want for the future. What do we want that to look like? There are certainly plenty of us who need the work.
As we celebrate our freedoms this year, let us consider how different freedom could be if we were truly free. If every one of us, gay, black, elder, fat, female, christian or otherwise, were afforded the same freedoms.
On this 4th of July take a long hard look at what America should be in the future. Have a safe and responsible celebration of freedom. We are only as good as the least of us.
Color Watch – blooming attractions in my neighborhoods this week – a representation of the colors of the flag that represents our nation: a dark red rose, for hardiness and valor; a white hibiscus, for purity and innocence; a nearly blue gladiola, for vigilance, perseverance, and justice.
Currently Reading – Report For Murder (1987, mystery fiction) by Val McDermid; Can They Do This To Me: My Reluctant Introduction to the Legal System (2012, sibling rivalry) by Larry Landauer; Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation (2014, science) by Bill Nye. Yes, concurrently.
This week I have been grateful for:
- The moth mullein freely growing tall enough outside my kitchen window to greet me with its sunny yellow faces while I do dishes. And how the blossoms crumpled with the heat and surprised me as it bounced back when the day cooled.
- The freedom not to buy or use fireworks when there is a burning ban in effect because of the unusually dry weather conditions.
- The freedom to read and learn anything I want.
- The freedom to write and say what I see as truth.
- The freedom to hold family and friends close to my heart.
- The freedom to treat strangers as if they were part of my heart as well.
- The freedom to understand nobody is better than or lesser than anybody else because of belief systems, heritage, orientation, or affluence.
- The freedom to take direct action when it is necessary and the willingness to pay the price.
- The freedom to have gainful employment.
- The freedom to live my life as I choose.
- The freedom to still be glad I live in America despite its challenges.
- The freedom to pay a fair price for services rendered without unjustified or inflated cost.
- The freedom to enjoy fresh air.
- The freedom to request and make and work toward change.
Hoping you have a lovely week.
Namaste. Peace. Blessings.
Floral ribbon border by Laurel Burch