From Rev. Arlene

It is becoming an ordinary occurrence to turn on the TV and hear about someone killing someone – police killing someone, someone killing police, terrorists killing whoever is around, not to mention the other forms of violence that have become part of our daily lives. It can be upsetting causing even more anger and frustration which in turn creates more violence.

However, all the worry, fear, and retaliation is never a solution. At a time when it seems like the world has gone mad, if we look for it, if we are aware of it, we can see many acts of love, kindness, tolerance, and compassion all around us. Unfortunately, love and compassion does not make the news.

In order to become aware of these events we need to spend less time in front of the TV or computer and more time seeing all the peace, beauty, and good around us. We do this, not only by a heightened awareness, but, also, by taking time to treat everyone we meet as we would like to be treated.

I have noticed when I am kind, caring, and conscious of my behavior towards others, including strangers, the more kindness and friendliness I see on an everyday basis.

So, let’s spend less time paying attention to the news and more time out in the world being the change you wish to see. Together we can create a world that is a better place.

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

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