We have the right to feel the way we do. We have the right to feel happy, sad, angry, hurt, frustrated, dislike, hate, love, kind, respect and any other feelings we feel.
We had this right prior to George Floyd’s death. We have that right now.
There is an abundance of feelings floating through the air, feelings being thrown at people and feelings being turned into actions.
It is time to listen to one another. It is time to stop, look into each other’s eyes and truly listen to one another. We all have stories. We all have a past. Our parents have stories. Our grandparents have stories. These stories have the capability to shape our feelings. These feelings are valid.
What would the world look like if we listened to one another? What would it look like if we talked about our feelings and differing perspectives? I believe there would be more understanding, more acceptance, and more respect. There will still be disagreements. We are made to be different. Our differences make us beautifully unique. However, I have to believe that people would realize we have a lot more in common.
There are good people in the world. There are good people in every race. There are good people in every profession. Unfortunately, there are bad people too. The bad people need to be held accountable for their actions. The good people need to be treated fairly.
Listen. Respect. Accept. Be kind. Be fair.