This past Saturday, marching in what now is the largest march in history, I was reminded of what it feels like when we are connected by a common thread, love and kindness. Love and kindness are more then actions, they are a feeling, a belief, a vibration, a way of life.
The media is calling the march an anti-trump protest, the truth is we were marching and still are standing up for love and kindness. The unfortunate reality is this new administration in the White House has stated they will, and are beginning to, take basic human rights away from targeted populations that do not match their values or their vision. This kind of leadership is not loving and kind to the citizens of the United States. Taking away rights that have already been granted is punishment, and who this is affecting appears discriminatory. The people making these harsh decisions are majority white, cis-males. Let's lead with love and kindness and show this administration what that looks like!
Let's be mentors and loving examples for our youth, let's treat others as we would like to be treated. Let's treat others like we would want people to treat our own children. What the march taught me is that all races, genders, ages, religions and sexual orientations can gather peacefully, and stand in unity when we are connected to wanting the best for ourselves and each other at the same time. We understand in our hearts that fear based on someone appearing "different" than us is harmful, we are seeing it destroy this nation.
So, what does love look like? Well Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines love as a "strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties." Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines affection as "a feeling of liking and caring for someone or something." We are all kin of the United States of America! What I am feeling is that, we the citizens, are being loved with condition. This new administration only cares about you if you look and appear the way they want you to be, whether a particular race, gender, age, sexual orientation or religion.
What I believe will solve this division of love is adding the word unconditional before it, unconditional love. Merriam-Webster's definition of unconditional, "not conditional or limited." Think about how the addition of this word creates that true unbiased love and care for all. This is how we love our children, why not love and treat everyone this way?
Loving someone without condition means: protecting the right for all people to marry who they love; protecting the right to have access to basic health-care so we can all live a healthy life; protecting the benefits supporting those who are most vulnerable, our children and seniors, with basic housing, food and health-care so that they can thrive; protecting someone's job, right to have a home, and an education regardless of their skin color, religion, gender or sexual orientation; protecting people who have contributed to our country, paying taxes, who may have entered without permission, but are not getting any benefits and may be kicked out. I want a federal government who loves and cares for me, no matter what I look like, how I appear, or who I love. We should expect this as a baseline. Remember our elected representatives work for us, so let's hold them accountable to loving and kind political action, laws, bills and legislation that serve all of us, not just some of us.
Let's start rethinking what love is in this country and begin to think about loving each other and ourselves unconditionally. We all want better lives for our children. Let's leave this world better than we found it. It will take all of us to do this. Let's start today! We are the United States of Love (Unconditional Love)!