“Slow down. You’re too important. Life teaches you how to live it, if you can live long enough.”
-Tony Bennett to Amy Winehouse
As the towers came crashing down
and all the bodies crushed but found…
What used to be, no more is there.
It seems our perfect lives are so unfair.
How beautiful and kind to me.
Tragedy unites. Our pride goes on.
Home of the brave and land of the free.
This crime was different.
It’s woken us up.
An entire nation has risen
to say enough is enough.
Hate crime or not,
we may never know
but it’s brought an issue to light
that we can’t afford to let go.
This tragedy touched many
It could’ve been me, you, or him.
The guy in line behind us
or the girl at the gym.
When we focus on differences
all of us lose.
Black, white, or grey
We all could improve.
We ought to be stopping
those who perpetuate hate.
The issue only gets more urgent
until it is too late.
We must stop the media
who pits us against them
and the psychotic extremists
who really just need a friend.
See, not one of us knows for certain.
All we have is our beliefs
and they’re as precious as jewels,
even to faithless thieves…
Who try to steal our homes,
our loved ones, and our rights.
Peace or domination,
both are worth the fight.
But when you strip away religion
all that’s left is the Truth.
Our God is your God
and Love is our proof.
Words are things. You must be careful. Careful about calling people derogatory names or speaking negativity.
Words are things. They get on your walls, your upholstery, your clothes, and finally, into you.
You must be careful.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” -Nelson Mandela
Without a doubt, Nelson Mandela is one of the most inspirational leaders of the 20th century. May his soul rest in peace for all eternity. His work on Earth is finished. And all of his contributions will live on.
“I live by ‘Go big or go home.’ That’s with everything. It’s like either commit and go for it or don’t do it at all. I apply that to everything. I apply that to relationships, I apply that to sports, I apply that to everything. That’s what I live by. That’s how I like it.” – Paul Walker
I agree, Paul Walker! Any other way undermines what it means to truly live. Thanks for inspiring us all! Rest in peace.