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 “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” -- MLK, Jr.

There is so much hate in this world that sometimes it is so disheartening. When I look at the events that have taken place in this country and the relentless, disgusting hate that is spewing out for the entire world to see, I could cry.

When I look at my little nieces and nephews, I worry for them. What are they going to think when they are in school learning about this? Will this hate still be everywhere? What will they think about how we handled ourselves? Will they understand how wrong this all is? Will they understand that they are no better than anyone because of the color of their skin? Will they be proud of how we spoke up? Who will speak up?

I know this isn’t right. I feel it running through my veins. I am looking at the photos and videos in horror and am just shocked and furious and, yet I feel helpless.

Listen, Lucy has not only been a healing process for me and an outlet for people to share their stories, but a place where every person is on the same level. Muslim, Gay, Black, Jewish, Woman, Man, Transgender, White and everyone else in between--- we all struggle. I want people to understand that this outlet and my organization are safe spaces for people of all walks of life to just be in existence. I want Listen, Lucy to be my action in response to the hate. I want my organization to be the change we are looking for at a dark time.

As you watch these horrible things and are in disbelief of the awful, evil people you see, it is easy to get caught up in the negative parts of the world. It is easy to say that we are a mess, this country is a disaster and they is too much hate to overcome. It feels that way because the hate is so loud.

We need to remember that this is not the truth. They are loud right now, but they are outnumbered by good.

Now, we need to get out there and good. It is our responsibility to leave this place better than when we found it. This helpless feeling won't last. There are so many good people in this world that have the same thoughts about this hatred-- regardless of their political stances.

So what can do we do today? Good. I am glad you asked. Be kind.

Open the door for someone. Have a conversation. Be enlightened. Educate yourself. Know what is going on in the word. Do NOT stay silent but use your voice in a respectful way. Volunteer. Use social media for good. Don’t allow bigotry, close-mindedness and hatred in your world and speak out when you see it happening. Exercise your empathy and patience. Believe in good and do good. When given the opportunity, make someone’s day. These things seem small but they are things we can control-- and things we need to control.

Like I said, it is our responsibility. Take it seriously. Take action.

Our world depends on it.



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