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“It is what it is.”
I bet you’ve heard this saying recently. Maybe even muttered it yourself.
We’re picking up the pieces after an incredibly long and drawn out lockdown period that left literally millions without jobs. A lockdown that completely annihilated our thriving economy, which will take years to rebuild. Not to mention the personal loss felt by every single citizen, in some way – big or small — from plans, to finances, to travel, to socializing, etc.
It is what it is. Throw up your hands, wave the white flag, and accept the current situation.
Tonight, on this Memorial Day evening, I want to offer a hopeful juxtaposition to this common feeling of anger.
Anger — which I believe — stems from the feeling that our liberties are being squelched.
It is what it is? No — it will be what we make it.
Here we are, on the unofficial kickoff of summer, and we have a laundry list of rules and regulations that deeply impacts our wellbeing — socially, mentally, spiritually, etc.
Our freedom is being restricted. Sure, we can argue it’s for benevolent reasons, but like it or not, the way of life — the freedoms — we’ve grown accustomed to — are being thwarted right before our very eyes. And we’re letting it happen.
This is not the America I grew up knowing. One that is scared and restrictive, and resentful.
But there’s a tiny silver lining of hope in all of this, that unless we’re specifically looking for it, we’d miss it.
The America we know and love is still here — it’s just hiding in plain sight.
The America we know and love is present in the people.
We the people, of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union…
America is us. You and me. The people who make it up.
The people who will rebuild it. America will be what we make it.
We are seeing that America is compassion. It’s people helping out during this crisis.
People volunteering to make masks, to run errands for the elderly or homebound. It’s parents learning to homeschool on the fly. Children making cards for those in the hospitals. Parades and cheers for our everyday heroes.
America is the creative adaptivity and staunch perseverance we’ve seen in response to restriction and fear.
It’s restaurant owners finding ways to pay their staff, even if it’s coming out of their own pocket. It’s businesses finding ways to keep vital services flowing and fighting to stay open so there will be jobs when normalcy returns.
It’s medical companies and the government working together to find new cures, expand testing and supply PPE.
It’s not the 2% of people blasting our leaders on Twitter, or the corrupt law makers. No.
America is the goodness of humanity.
It is the ingenuity and compassion that resides in We the People — which comes to life in times of distress.
That is the America that our brave service men and women died for.
And that is the America I’m championing today, and every day.
We are the land of the free, and home of the brave.
And there’s nothing more brave than those who choose to do good for others, especially in a world that looks as it does now.
So perhaps, if we’re feeling angry, or resentful, or down this evening — thinking about the restrictions on our freedoms that are felt particularly acutely during days off, let’s choose to see the America that is still there — the America that was worth fighting and dying for.
Stay healthy, stay well, and to all the current or former service men and women and their families: I thank you for fighting for the freedom we have grown so accustomed to, here in the beautiful U S of A.
God bless you, and God bless America!
“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5
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