You Are the River that Connects Us

By Samantha McKenzie

As I flip through the channels, I am bombarded with news stories of controversy, conflict and an extraordinary amount of harsh criticism. Every day feels like a battle of some sort. We have more in common than we can ever imagine.


We spend entirely too many man hours picking sides, placing blame and getting lost in the melancholy lifestyle of divide and conquer. Democrats vs. Republicans. Police departments vs. community protesters. Blacks vs. whites. Heterosexuals vs. homosexuals. Christians vs. Muslims.  We fight about everything. Abortion rights. Education spending. Legalizing marijuana. Immigration. Where does it end? Or does it? Seems as if we have drawn the lines so deeply in the sand that we eventually bury our sight. We stand tall in disagreement and stronger in dissension, but lack any voice when it is time to unite our thinking and provide real solutions.

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Our children are yearning for so much more out of us.  Why can’t we embrace the things that connect us? There are endless possibilities to building on common ground and capitalizing on a shared goal that brings value to the whole.

Our time can be better spent. It certainly should be.

Be a part of the change that we all desire. Create new dialogue that unites. Mirror behaviors that are inclusive. Indulge in appreciative and opposing views. Accept that we are all unique and valuable. Search for the road that carries us to the source.

Be the river that connects us all.

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