You’re not going to like it. It’s all about love and hope and friendship and compassion and understanding and forgiveness. See? I told you so. No one likes those things anymore. I guess they’re boring and out of date.
I have love in my heart for all the Earth’s creatures. Yes, that includes you my friend. Even if you don’t love me back.
I have hope for our future. I believe that with much patience and fortitude the peoples of this planet will one day band together and recognize their sameness and rejoice in their differences. I also believe it will probably take an alien invasion to accomplish this but that’s just me.
I don’t have an overabundance of friends but the ones I do have are wonderful people. I can count on them to be there with me through the worst of times and they know they can count on me as well. I do not choose my friends based on sex, race, religion or political affiliation. I choose them based on how they treat me, other people and animals.
I have compassion for people and animals that are in any kind of pain be it physical, emotional or spiritual. I try to help when I can because it’s the right thing to do. Not one soul on this planet should be suffering. It breaks my heart to know that millions are in abject misery right this very second.
I try to see things from different perspectives to try to understand the things people say and do. Sometimes it’s close to impossible and at other times I can’t do it at all. But I never stop trying. The day I stop is the day I no longer grow.
I forgive others their transgressions against me not because they deserve it but because it’s what my heart needs so that it doesn’t harden into a crusty ball of hate. I have had many horrible things done to me by other people over the years but I’ve learned from each experience and each time I forgave I became a better person.
I want to ask each of you for one thing today. Do something nice for somebody. Smile at the person behind the counter. Give that homeless guy a dollar. Hug a family member. Pick up that piece of trash instead of walking over it. Adopt a Muslim. :) Whatever you can do to make this world a happier, peaceful place. I promise it will be worth it.