It’s been a brutal week. I don’t think there is an end in sight for hate, hurt or blame. Yet somehow, in all of this muck, we, as humans, have to find a common ground. We have to find hope. We have to find forgiveness.
I’ll be the first to admit, when I read Dan Patrick’s tweet, or heard about Pat Robertson’s comments, I was filled with anger, I was filled with despair. I was hurt, I was angry.
When I heard about Orlando, I felt as I did when I heard about Aurora, Sandy Hook, Columbine, Benghazi, 9/11…all horrible, tragic acts, perpetrated by hate. I felt fear, sadness, hopelessness and despair.
We have to be better. We have to find hope. We have to forgive.
See…it’s like this…you can’t have peace, you can’t have hope until you put down the blame, you put down the fear and you put down the anger. If you have blame, anger, fear…the darkness wins. The bitterness wins. There’s too much amazing in this world to be left with nothing but bitterness. It’s time to let love win.
I’m tired of hearing about Muslim this or that, I’m tired of hearing about automatic guns, I’m tired of hearing about bathrooms and the elections. I need a moratorium on the bullshit and the negative. It’s a reality that we are giving our children, it’s the future we are handing to them and the legacy we leave behind. A legacy of ego and self righteousness. It leaves me weak…
Dan Patrick, your tweet…was ridiculous. And your explanation was deplorable. You’re an asshat and don’t deserve to speak for any Texan. Ever.
But let me tell you…I have had worse said to me…by my own family. And in the end, I chose to forgive and to love. Because words only have power if you allow them to. And I don’t want you to have any power over me or my brothers and sisters.
Orlando and every other victim, family or friend of a senseless act of violence…you have my heart. You have my hope, that in the days to come, you find love and peace. That you take joy in the moments you had with your loved ones…that you find comfort, that your loved ones are held up with honor and there are many blessings laid at your feet.
This violence, sadly, won’t end soon…I fear there are more despicable acts to be had because we can’t get it together.
I love the way I love, because it is right FOR ME. I pray the way I pray, because it is right FOR ME. I don’t need anyone else’s permission or acceptance. If you don’t like that, pound bricks. And at the end of my days, whenever that will be…I will be judged by Him. It’s the only judgement that matters…
I believe in the 2nd Amendment. I believe in God. I believe in prayer in school and that we should say the Pledge of Allegiance. I believe that a woman has a right to choose and I believe we should help our neighbors. I believe that there are many religions and many opinions. I believe that manners and chilvary are a thing of the past. I believe that you shouldn’t get a trophy of you didn’t win and if you fail, you try again. I believe that we have gotten lazy. I believe everyone should be accountable and I believe excuses for anything are bullshit.
I have read the Bible and the Constitution. I know the Ten Commandments and the Bill of Rights.
I am an American, I am spiritual, I am gay and I am a human. I am a sinner and I am forgiven.
Whomever you are, walk in peace. Love in big gulps. Forgive the unforgivable.
May you find peace in your days.