I see the smiles of familiar faces on Sunday morning, I feel their hugs and I ask…
What if we hugged our neighbors and strangers and those in pain instead of pushing them away?
What if we said a cheery “hello” to everyone we met instead of a passing nod and mumbled “harumpfff?”
What if we live to serve others rather than serving our own vested interests?
What if we always smiled at everyone who crossed our path?
What if we followed our faith as it was meant to be instead of how we want to mold it to our ideals?
I witness angry people, yelling at their spouses, families and complete strangers, and I ask…
What if you treated others as you want to be treated rather than what you’ve learned from life’s circumstances?
What if you were patient, instead of grumbling that you are going to be ten minutes late to the televised start of a football game?
What if you would stop honking your horn and making gestures at the driver in front of you instead of being in a big hurry to go nowhere?
What if you spoke with kindness rather than vulgarity?
I witness our current political season and I ask…
What if we value our ethics rather than the “stuff” that fills our home and the “wants” that fill our hearts?
What if we treated all humans with respect and dignity, rather than treating them as objects of hate?
What if we were always honest with one another rather than being deceitful?
What if we only spoke kind words about others rather than those of slander?
What if government was truly by the people and for the people rather than by and for the greed of special interests?
What if we insisted our politicians behave above reproach rather than following them blindly?
There are days when I see this world as getting darker, its people becoming hateful, and I ask…
What if we stop being self-centered and self-righteous and lend a hand to our neighbors?
What if our heart and spirit were always positive instead of negative?
What if we chose our words carefully rather than blurting them out in a hurtful manner?
What if we made acceptance and tolerance a priority rather than bigoted rejection?
What if we never tagged the word “hate” onto another person instead of subscribing to name-calling?
What if we never bullied one another instead of succumbing to our own inadequacies?
What if we treated the human race as community, one family deserving our favor and honor rather than being mired in our selfishness and fear?
I see wonderful, faithful, good-hearted, loving people and I ask…
In this climate of unrest, war, hate, animosity, greed, bigotry, narcissism and other reprehensible behavior, how can we be the voice of change?
What if we always loved, accepted, tolerated, smiled and hugged our fellow humans?
What if you would be willing to help?