Divided We Are Weak and Crumble, but United We Are Strong and Stand

Unity, Division, Learning

We are deafened by the unrelenting noise of divisiveness and evil tremors that shake our spiritual core. To speak with the tongue of the learned and to hear with the ear of the learned, we cannot turn away, flee from or rebel against the light of righteousness.

We walk in the fire of our gifts to listen, seek, learn, teach and embrace. If we do not live in a united front, we shall die in a divided pit.

The poetry of togetherness.

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What If Wednesday: Strengthening Humanity

Humanity

Image Credit: James Childs

Civilization. What if the quality of our existence depends on how we treat people outside our tribe? Where would we be without people?

Remember humanity and reflect on how you want to be perceived and treated as a person. In our pursuit in all areas of happiness, we have the power to unite and strengthen humanity when we stop labeling, trolling, bullying and stereotyping innocent people. Simply remember the elements of decency and respect we want to receive from others and then imagine how much better uniting humanity would be for our health, our world and our spirit. What if?

#WhatIfWednesday

We Have To Talk, We Have To Listen

From Behind the Pen, Conversations, Eleanor Roosevelt, Quotes

Sometimes topics that become rather awkward to discuss are avoided like the plague, and very often are the ones that drive a great wedge in between us. Whether we notice it or not, our passion about those subjects can either make us defensive or highly offensive.

We are going to have to learn to find common ground, by having a heart to heart-filled dialogue about addressing the “elephant in the room” gap that divides us. Throwing in a little compassion and understanding wouldn’t hurt either.

What topic do you have the most difficulty talking about? Religion? Race? Gender parity? Politics? Poverty? Discrimination? If we don’t talk about those subjects we tend to shy away from, we will only continue to harvest generations of dissension and never find true harmony and understanding. Now, can we talk but more importantly, will we listen?

 

Stop and Smell the Orchids

Orchids, diversity, Flowers

I love orchids, but I have not been able to successfully grow them like I can with other plants and flowers. I came across this montage of beautiful orchids and the name of the image was “Orchid Diversity.” I noticed some exquisite characteristics in each of the photographed flowers and thought, “God, your creation is so breathtaking on so many different levels.” 

This is an artist’s canvas. Even with the most subtle looking orchid, like the one pictured in the center, it still possesses accents that give it a unique, distinguished look. If we would stop and look at each other, subtracting our political, religious, gender, and socioeconomic differences and affiliations, we will note that we share an amazing multicultural bond in the human race, like these orchids share a fragrant and colorful bond in the flower species. 

After watching the unfortunate and turbulent events unfold in the news over the past 11 days, I needed to take a sanity break from the insanity. When I came across this picture, for the moment, it did the trick. In their quiet and stately gaze, these orchids allowed their beauty and brilliance to shine in a rainbow coalition of peace and tranquility. Why can’t we embrace our unique characteristics and instead of hating, try to recapture the uniqueness that makes us human and the true caretakers of creation that we were meant to be?

The “US” in the United States of America

United States of America, Democracy, Unity

Today is the post-election day in the United States and I think everyone is relieved that what seemed to be an endless campaign is finally over! Regardless of who you voted for, I am truly grateful to live in a country where we have the freedom and voice of a democracy and not a dictatorship.

This has indeed been an unprecedented, contentious race on state and national levels. Now that the results are in, however, it is my prayer that we can move forward and reacquaint ourselves with our humanity, dignity, civility, unity, common decency, and Godliness. We are citizens of the United States of America and embody a rich tapestry of races, creeds, and cultures. Our leaders have been elected throughout the country and the weight is on their shoulders to strengthen, not weaken our nation that is already great in the eyes of the world. 

“Life is never easy. There is work to be done and obligations to be met – obligations to truth, to justice and to liberty.” -President John F. Kennedy, 35th President

“And without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” -President Ronald W. Reagan, 40th President

Lifted Up By Love

Love, Unity, Harmony, Love Is, Poetry by Kym Gordon Moore

History has a way of repeating itself, but with the horrifying events that tend to divide and destroy us, we have the ability to shift the scope of its direction to make this world a better place. This “better place” is not just for us, but for the generations to follow, if we do not succeed in annihilating ourselves first. I don’t know what frame of mind I was in when I wrote the above poem, but I feel it is a constant reminder of what humanity has an obligation to do…to love.

During some turbulent times throughout our history, many recording artists wrote songs to remind us about the joy of love, and not just romantically. Songs of nostalgia like:

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II – You’ll Never Walk Alone
Jackie Wilson – Higher and Higher (1967)
Dionne Warwick – What The World Needs Now Is Love (1967)
John Lennon – Imagine (1971)
Gary Wright – Love is Alive (1975)
Bob Marley – One Love (1977)
Steve Winwood – Higher Love (1986)
Bette Midler – Wind Beneath My Wings (1988)
Luther Vandross – Power of Love (1991)
Michael Jackson – Heal The World (1991)

We are unable to survive in harmony, without compassion and love. Let’s take a few pages from history and apply them to the horrific events that try to shake our faith, hope, joy and love! What is your meaning of love?

Love Is

The integration of love has no barriers
where race, creed and color dance to the same rhythm

bridging cultural differences and gender boundaries
a contagious commitment to unity and happiness.

Love is beautiful, splendid and ageless
love is encouraging, colorless and genderless,

love is universal, powerful and understanding
love is forgiveness and never demanding

love is compassionate, eternal and real
love can easily be duplicated with revolutionary appeal.

– Kym Gordon Moore
Wings of the Wind: A Cornucopia of Poetry© 2013