Let’s All Do Our Part
My husband, Roger, always says “Be careful,” as I am leaving home and my usual reply is “I’ll do my part.” When it comes to self-preservation, trust me, I work hard to keep my word. I buckle my seatbelt before I start my engine. I merge lanes beautifully and let other drivers in. I’ve slowed down and stopped depending so much on my brakes. OK, I’m working on the tailgating but I’m courteous and don’t block intersections—the list goes on and like Avis Car Rental, I try harder.
I’m figuring if I do my part and everyone else does theirs, the world will be saved by our good intentions. My friends, it ain’t necessarily so! Our deliberate intentions are a good start but nowadays we must make sure our part is done in every place and every situation.
Hatred and strife have become so much a part of our fabric that it drives people to kill innocents on Easter just because. When we come to a place we can’t sit down and intelligently discuss our differences, that’s a pretty sad state of affairs. And, when our elected officials act like the word compromise is equal to being called a sidewinder or cattle rustler, Houston, we have a problem.
Doing our part will not always be easy or comfortable but I still believe we must try. Just today let’s begin with something simple—pick one:
- Check on two widows. A call or a card is a nice treat and they bless every time.
- Ask the principal at your neighborhood school what the greatest needs are. I assure you there are homeless children who need toiletry items—shampoo, soap, etc., or a small gift card to a fast-food restaurant or shopping.
- Mentor a child or volunteer for programs like Meals on Wheels.
- Go to the theater to see “The Best of Enemies,” with Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell. Henson’s portrayal of activist Ann Atwater and her struggles for school desegregation, justice, and equity in Durham, North Carolina with Rockwell’s portrayal of Klansman C. P. Ellis is powerful and satisfying. They were polar opposites and there seemed to be no hope of bridge building until a Shaw University professor offered a process called “charrette” (a meeting in which all stakeholders in a project attempt to resolve conflicts and map solutions) that included conversations across/among the different groups. It was hard work, but they stayed with it to reach a conclusion.
- Today as you begin the day ask what is it that only you can do that will matter at the end of the day? Do that and only that and feel real good that you will have done your part for the next 24 hours.
Making the world better is my job. It’s your job. In my humble opinion, it’s everyone’s job so today make peace, be a blessing, and do your part–whether it’s a big part or a small part, this is your opportunity to spread love and kindness. Don’t miss it.
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