Ripple of Hope

“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope. And crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

~Robert F. Kennedy

I have written many times on the subject of hope and humanity before. In the uncertain times of COVID and societal strife that we live in currently, a reminder seems timely.

In order to reach the full potential of who we can be as a country and as a society, we must stop oppressing each other and start believing in each other. We must stop fighting against ourselves rather than against the barriers that impede our progress towards a more equitable and prosperous future. We are all one in the final analysis. No matter the foe that we collectively face, whether it be knowingly or unknowingly, we must stand together. It is fair to acknowledge that we will have our differences. There will be differing opinions and there will be representation among us of good vs. evil. It would be a fallacy and unwise not to acknowledge this fact. However, we must strive to overcome that divide.

What will it take to overcome this divide? Moral courage. The courage to stand and deliver for what is right. When we see a wrong, we must correct it. We have an obligation to stand and deliver for what is right; not what is popular. It takes taking action and making a difference rather than stating the obvious of what we know to be true that the initial action is wrong. And, yes, we are capable of this. We prove this through our millions of undocumented acts of kindness towards one another every day. Let those shining moments – those ripples of hope – define us.

In these trying times where our imperfections as a society do come to light, we must remember to not give up hope. We need to believe in each other. Let us remember that “a house divided against itself cannot stand”. Let us not give in to lawlessness. Let us not give in to hatred. Let us not allow the bitterness of anger to seep into our everyday lives until we become the very force that we believe that we can defeat. We are better than that. Let us keep our open minds and open hearts. Let us keep on believing and acting upon the virtues of love and compassion as we know it is the right way to go. Let us go forth and spread the word that we are the ripple of hope that others can believe in.

Let us be the shining beacon of light that others strive to follow. We are capable of it. We always have been. Many of us already do start that ripple every day by the way that we live. Let us spread that ripple even further in this time of uncertainty.

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