47 years ago today these words changed our world.
This is the entire speech and still holds true.
Today it is illegal immigrants and Muslims and the Gays that these words hold true for.
This country was founded by illegal immigrants, whats the line "the Indians called them, the white man"
As I listen and let these words sit heavy on my shoulders then I allow the tears to fall and I listen and feel the power of these words rise me up and fill my heart with hope.
Today we soooo need hope for our future.
We have become such a judgmental society and we lack the courage to hold those judgments up to our own mirror.
When did we stop caring for the next person because they were a person?
When did we stop helping someone who was struggling?
When did we as a society stop being polite and respectful?
Todays young adults have no clue how to make a buck and hold on to it for later. We have stopped teaching value of self, money and objects to our children.
We throw so much stuff away and we waste soooo much food on a daily basis.
We have learned to throw away our souls for the next shiny thing/bling
We judge and disregard our family and those that are our true friends for superficial and fake people that leave us out in the cold when the party and money is gone.
I am so grateful to have grown up in a time (the 70's) because my family knew all the other families that lived in the 8 houses on the right and maybe up 6 houses on the left and then the scattered kids I played with all the way to the train tracks and one block over in either direction.
We knew them, really knew them. We played football in the street and roller skated and rode our bikes all over.
If the dog got out people knew where it lived and brought it home.
We BBQ'ed with the people next door and across the street.
We watched each others homes when we were away for the day or the weekend.
We took care of each other, we spoke daily and shared smiles and laughs and for many hugs and well wishes for a good day.
We as a nation need to go back to the basics of why this country was built.
Freedom to choose how we wanted to live, to not be oppressed by a ruler. To stand up for what we know to be right.
I have yet to see anyone really stand up and get people moving for change.
Was the 60's the end of people that can make change. Where are our modern Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's and our modern Kennedy's and our anyone that can bring hope to people to stand and make right be right just because it is the thing to do.
BE the voice in the PTA/PTO of your kids schools to make changes for healthier food and search ways to raise money so that great teachers can teach.
BE the voice that opens the door to abuse in the home or the church or where ever you know it to be happening.
BE the voice to help someone whom is struggling to feed there family or cloth there kids.
BE the voice to stand up for neglect and abuse of animals, children and the elderly.
Volunteer with your kids to clean a park or beach, plant a tree and flowers in the center of town, or in an elderly neighbors yard.
Be the person that goes into the hospitals and holds the babies that no one holds or read to the kids that are so sick they are stuck in there beds all day. Visit an old folks home and just pop in and smile at them and spend 5 minutes talking or reading or just open the curtains and let them know someone does care.
BE THE VOICE OF HOPE, CHANGE, LOVE, CARING, COMPASSION, JUST DO SOMETHING, ANYTHING.
USE YOUR VOICE AND THE FIRE IN YOUR GUT, YOU KNOW THE ONE THAT YOU SHUT UP WHEN SOMETHING MAKES YOU ANGRY YOU WANT TO SCREAM THAT IS JUST WRONG. but you never do.
BE THE VOICE!!!!!