The last month has personally been a crazy wave of highs and lows…from changes taking place at work, the whole Cubs post-season series leading to their World Series Championship, and this week’s election…especially this week’s election.

I am truly seeing how passionate every person is in their beliefs and their values, and although I may disagree with some on their choice of candidate – including friends and FAMILY – I have to learn to respect their perspectives as I hope they respect mine. I admit that through the months and days leading to this election, and following it, I decided to VENT, VOICE, and EXPRESS how I’m feeling and what I’m thinking. And will continue to do so – because I am (we are) human.

It’s a double-edged sword to be able to have our freedom of speech and be able to post, Tweet, and comment so freely on social media and media in general these days, while at the same time causing anger, hatred, sadness and despair. LET’S STOP…even for a second…to focus on our VALUES.

Just think…what are YOUR VALUES? What is IMPORTANT to you? WHO is important to you? Will the outcome of this election change that IN YOU? I hope not.

I’m seeing friends and family turning to HATE instead of LOVE. And thinking that they cannot FORGIVE or at least FORGET. But sometimes we just have to AGREE TO DISAGREE. What makes each of us DIFFERENT and UNIQUE is what makes each of us special and want to be a part of each other’s lives. I mean, wouldn’t we get bored if we were all the same?

While looking towards this uncertain future – for everyone – let’s just take a deep breath (or more)…and think about what really matters to each of us right now.

After I lost my son to cancer 17 years ago, I began to look at life differently. I’ve learned and am still learning to try to be the best I can be, to enjoy and experience what this life has to offer, thank God for his blessings, make connections with people (smile and say hi to anyone and everyone..it really feels wonderful) and be grateful for what I have and not what I have not. (And if you have not…DON’T STOP PRAYING – STAY STRONG AND HAVE FAITH.)

We have to keep breathing…and we are still breathing. Let’s smile about that.

“Still Breathing” (Revolution Radio) ~ Green Day 

I’m like a child looking off on the horizon
I’m like an ambulance that’s turning on the sirens
Oh, I’m still alive
I’m like a soldier coming home for the first time
I dodged a bullet and I walked across a landmine
Oh, I’m still alive

Am I bleeding? Am I bleeding from the storm?
Just shine a light into the wreckage, so far away, away

‘Cause I’m still breathing
‘Cause I’m still breathing on my own
My head’s above the rain and roses
Making my way away
‘Cause I’m still breathing
‘Cause I’m still breathing on my own
My head’s above the rain and roses
Making my way away
My way to you

I’m like a junkie tying off for the last time
I’m like a loser that’s betting on his last dime
Oh, I’m still alive
I’m like a son that was raised without a father
I’m like a mother barely keeping it together
Oh, I’m still alive

Am I bleeding? Am I bleeding from the storm?
Just shine a light into the wreckage, so far away, away

‘Cause I’m still breathing
‘Cause I’m still breathing on my own
My head’s above the rain and roses
Making my way away
‘Cause I’m still breathing
‘Cause I’m still breathing on my own
My head’s above the rain and roses
Making my way, away, away…

As I walked out on the ledge
Are you scared to death to live?
I’ve been running all my life
Just to find a home that’s for the restless
And the truth that’s in the message
Making my way, away, away

‘Cause I’m still breathing
‘Cause I’m still breathing on my own
My head’s above the rain and roses
Making my way away
‘Cause I’m still breathing
‘Cause I’m still breathing on my own
My head’s above the rain and roses
Making my way, away
‘Cause I’m still breathing
‘Cause I’m still breathing on my own
My head’s above the rain and roses
Making my way, away
My way to you

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