So, this is a little different from our normal blogs, but it’s weighing heavy on me. Upon seeing the news of the most recent shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Dallas, I feel like I haven’t been able to take a deep breath. First of all, I am deeply sorry to all the families and friends who suffered loss in these horrific events. I can't imagine your pain. My love and prayers go out to you.
Ever since my sister was diagnosed with cancer, we have been blessed to experience the very best of people. We’ve felt more love - even from complete strangers - than we’ve ever felt. I used to be more pessimistic about the world and people in general, but going through this process with my sister has changed me. Experiencing such love has made me a better person, and made me believe that people are truly good at the core. It breaks my heart that someone’s core can be so infected by fear, pain, and hate, that it would cause them to go so far as to shoot another human being.
It saddens me that situations like this seem to bring about more hate, more division, more of ‘who matters,’ in a lot of good people. Of course black lives matter. Of course blue lives matter. But love doesn’t see color, race, gender, religion, career choice, etc. If people would just love PEOPLE, none of this would even be an issue. Sadly, it is an issue. So, what do we do about it after all these incidents? In the wise words of Martin Luther King, Jr., “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” What if instead of gathering in angry mobs in the streets, instead of picking cops off with sniper rifles, instead of pushing political agendas – what if we just pretend that everybody has cancer. What if we support and bring food and flowers to those affected and to those who feel unheard or oppressed. What if we listen. What if we appreciate the police officers for the good service the majority of them provide for us. What if we start getting back to our core of goodness – before fear and hate entered the picture. What if we start fighting this cancer – TOGETHER. Love wins. Always.
- Brianna Tesauro (the sister who does everything else)
(P.S. of course I don’t actually wish cancer on ANYONE. But take it from a girl who lost a brother to it, and is currently watching a sister beat it: there’s no better time than now, to love. Life is too short for hate.)
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