quote of the day:
history, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again. ~ Maya Angelou
today i took this picture of the church where i work. when i saw the picture in black & white, i couldn’t help but think of the past. of all the people who have been a part of the church, of all the people who have passed by the church & never given it a second thought. i also thought of the homeless, alcoholics who have gathered daily by the clump of trees & benches just outside the front of the church. i thought about the building that once stood behind the now empty lot behind the fence. i thought about the fact that the church is in the middle of the downtown area, where people have walked year after year. i thought about all of the things that a church is, and is supposed to be. and i thought about all of us… and where we are as a human race.
maya angelou says that if we face our pasts, our mistakes – as individuals & as a society – then we need not live through them again. so, i began to wonder… how have we treated those who are outsiders, those who feel hopeless, those who live life unsure of where they are going to sleep, those who live with violence all around them, or are filled with anxiety & fear? how have we treated those who are different from us, who look differently, act differently, believe different things, live different ways from us?
in the past, we, as a human race, have sought power, greed, personal security & gain. we have cared more about ourselves, our possessions, and our personal time than creating a community, sharing our lives with others, sacrificing for the greater good. we have been egotistical and self-centered. but, it doesn’t have to be that way. and this picture reminds me of all of the possibilities we have to learn from our past and create a new future together. one based on justice & equality.
just something i’m thinking about…
peace to you all.