I signed one petition for Care2 Petitions and then I received a deluge of petitions. Overwhelming. Overwhelming to see all the needs that there are on Mother Earth. Petitions for justice, healthcare reform, respect for women, care for children, care for the homeless, fairness, economic equity, gender fairness, proper treatment of animals, respect for Earth —- the list below is a small sampling of the needs of humanity. It is overwhelming.
Provide support and funding for local Texas shelter
VA Stop Sabotaging TBI tests. Offer all veterans proper evaluation and treatment
Harshest Charge for blowing up fireworks in dog’s mouth and ban of future animal ownership
Reject the 20 week abortion ban
Support Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary to avoid closure
Save Wild Arizona Horses from Banishment
Revoke Licenses of Vets who euthanize pets without permission
Tell San Francisco Not to Crack Down on Bicyclists
Urge Lawmakers to Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act
STOP putting dyed chicks in plastic bags to be sold as TOYS on Thai island Koh Lanta
Urge Yum Foods to Offer Paid Sick and Vacation Days to Workers
Drop case against mother who provided daughter with abortion medication in Northern Ireland
Stop the Dehumanizing Gender Testing of Women’s World Cup Athletes
Congress –Investigate American Hate Groups’
Get the Toxic Trio out of Nail Care Products
Send Magnus Hustveit, who raped his girlfriend, to prison!
Tell Harvard University to divest from fossil fuels
Harper: Don’t Let Your Big Oil Friends Run the National Energy Board!
Urge Nestle to Help Stop Slave Labor Used to Make Pet Food
Stop Scott Walker’s Weekend Elimination Plan
Congress to Increase the Federal Minimum Wage
Tell Republicans Reject Racist Donations
Tell Congress to Increase the Federal Minimum Wage
End the Travel Restrictions Placed on Disabled Australians!
Who is Burning Black Churches? Bring back the Church Arson Task Force
Urgent! We need a shelter for homeless women in Vancouver, Washington!
Tell Hong Kong to Crack Down on Ivory Smuggling!
Demand Universal, Automatic voter Registration
Tell the UN— Women and Girls and Deserve Equality
Zimbabwe: Don’t bring back the death penalty after ten years.
Save Torrent Frogs in the Ivory Coast
I am only ONE person. I can choose to help with one or several and give it my attention, and that I all I can do. I can see we need EVERYONE to pitch in and do what they can. None of us can do it alone. We all need to help each other with whatever we have to offer. There certainly is much to do to alleviate suffering in this world. We live in a world community and what we say and/or do affects one another.
If each person does ONE thing, it is already something. I think being a person of peace and praying is something everyone can do and be. Yet that might be difficult if we do not believe in ourselves or our own goodness…and that could be the result of someone not ever believing in us or trusting us to change. Yet, change is the only constant.
I believe in the positive power of prayer and putting forth good thoughts to each other and out into the universe. I see what bad thoughts to do harm others—so why wouldn’t good thoughts produce good reactions? One would think that is a simple thing to do. However, it is not. Sometimes my own suffering gets in the way–my own inability to forgive and forget and move on. However, if I do not do it, I am not living in peace and I am not extending peace to anyone else. I look at the list above, and think even the rapist needs forgiveness and healing.
Yet, forgiveness is difficult, but without there is no movement forward. I think every person deserves a second chance, a third chance, a fourth chance…when do we stop giving each other opportunities and forgiveness? I firmly believe that IF we believe in the other person, that person can grow and change. Believing in each other produces change. We are human beings. We are all imperfect.
The recent murder of Cecil the Lion brought forth reaction from around the world. There was complete dismay and outrage over the killing of this wonderful animal. Yes, it was sad and I have never understood why anyone finds pleasure in hanging a dead animal’s head on their living room wall. People were so angry, that they even wanted the dentist executed for his killing of this animal! I could not believe that! That is extreme. I have never understood retaliation or revenge. How does that help anyone? People were very willing to express their hatred for this man who killed Cecil, the lion, yet, they, in turn would be ready to kill him for what he did. Would that be justified? As Gandhi said, “An eye for an eye, makes the whole world blind.”
As human beings, we have a long road to travel to become understanding and forgiving of one another. And that great distance is the furthest within ourselves. The more we accept ourselves and our imperfections…the more we can forgive ourselves…the more we will understand and forgive others