Love is What We Need

7 Jul

Blog Post #88

My daughters came over for dinner tonight. Nothing unusual about that, they come over quite often — especially for dinner!

Tonight, though, was a little different in that our conversation turned somewhat philosophical. We began discussing some of the tragedies that have happened in the US over the last while. Mass shootings, police shootings, the plight of the homeless here and in the US, misogyny, discrimination, racism, and the uncertainty of the future of the world — their world.

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We talked about our feelings about the impending US election, and what we thought and believe about the presumptive candidates. And, even though we don’t have a say in the outcome, we all had strong opinions about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.  The four of us agreed that neither candidate was an optimum choice, but we were evenly split between who we would rather win.

It was interesting to hear my girls’ views on these sociological, political and human problems. Their opinions were well-thought out, based on their own experiences as well as what they have listened to, read and watched.

These two young women, like most other people their age, care about this world, they are passionate about their beliefs and they rail against the injustices that happen everywhere today. They believe in justice for all, equality for everyone, diversity, and love.

I worry about the state of the world that my daughters are inheriting. I often feel that humanity’s situation is precarious and dire. I fret about the environment, climate change, poverty, and war. To me, though, the worst thing that is wrong in our society today, is the hatred that people feel towards each other — the lack of empathy, the outpouring of anger, and violence that is done. It seems to me that the answer is simple. The solution is obvious.

It’s love.

The video below is an ad from the Ad Council of America, an organization that produces public service ads. Their latest viral video in their campaign on diversity and inclusion: Love Has No Labels, encourages US citizens to love ALL Americans.

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30-Day Minimalism Game — Day Seven

Continuing on with the minimalism game on day seven: I cleaned out two baskets, two planters, one ceramic jug, one jar with a hinged lid and one wooden bowl.

30 Days of Donating/Selling/Trashing
Day 1 – One jacket (donated)
Day 2 – Two serving dishes (donated)
Day 3 – Two decorative bowls + one glass jar (donated)
Day 4 – Four serving plates (donated)
Day 5 – One plastic cake carrier/w lid + one plastic dip & veggie dish/w lid + one footed glass bowl + one small serving bowl + one light fixture (donated)
Day 6 – One large glass salad bowl + one green, rectangular fruit bowl + two baskets + one soup tureen + one angelfood cake pan
Day 7 – Two baskets + two planters + one ceramic jug + one jar with/hinged lid + one wooden bowl

Total: Twenty-eight items

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