Monday, 14 August 2017

We ARE the good news

TV, radio, newspaper, social media, it doesn't matter how you get your news these days, it always seems to be bad news. Murder, terrorism, nuclear threats, war, white supremacists, the rise of the far right, the list goes on.

Don't focus on the bad news, as the world creaks and groans from evil on this side and that. 

Focus on all that is good.

Look for the miracle.

What is your miracle?

Maybe it's the gurgle of a baby, 
the warmth of the sun on your skin, 
the smile from a stranger, 
the colours of the sunset, 
the wind on your face, 
the laughter shared with friends, 
the crackle from a campfire
the wonder of a shooting star,
the melody of your favourite song,
the joy that comes from seeing someone achieve something that others said they wouldn't, or couldn't.

Miracles don't always come with water turned to wine or a bread and fish picnic feeding 5,000.

Look around. 
See the miracle.
The miracle of life which exists right where you are.

Don't be held captive by fear.
Don't allow doers of evil deeds to claim another victim, to paralyse you, to prevent you from making a positive difference in this hurting world. 

Look for the good in others.
But more importantly, look for the good in yourself.

Why is there so much evil you say?

Why is it like this in 2017?

How have we not learned the lessons from history which teach that intolerance, racism, xenophobia and
the desire to please only 'myself' whatever the cost to others leads to a world of separation, division and hatred?

We need to respect one another.
Trust one another.
Love one another.

We need to accept one another, without bias, without judgment, without dehumanising, whether we understand each other or not.

I look around at this world, I see people with disabilities, and learning disability in particular, who are treated as second class citizens, thought of as undeserving even of equal rights, some would even choose to refuse them the sanctity of human life.

Why is it like this in 2017?

People with learning disabilities are often much more of a joy to be around than those without a disability, the typically developing human. We can all learn something from each other. We just have to open our eyes, open our minds, open our hearts.

You can change the world.

We can change the world.


Where all are included, accepted, respected and, yes, loved for who they are.

We are the miracle. 
We are the good news. 
We are in this together.

Together we can make a melody so beautiful that our song will overcome the creaks and groans of the world. The tune is love, the words are written on your heart. 

Will you join the anthem?

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