Lifting Each Other UP!

lifting upHappy Hump Day, All!

In the aftermath of the devastation that took place in Moore, OK, many people have decided to offer help. People as far as England, the Queen in particular, sent best wishes to those whose homes, vehicles and property were destroyed. A couple of country singers who grew up in that same “alley” acknowledged their familiarity with the area – the corner stores and the schools there. Toby Keith, whose name appears on a water tower there in Moore, did a very touching news interview surveying the devastation with a reporter. Carrie Underwood, whose hometown is maybe 120 miles from Moore, also sent her best regards for the folks there as she recounted her childhood days there in “Tornado Alley”.

As I visited comments on a popular social network yesterday, I came across one that seemed to be saying or suggesting that people who show love or support for the people in Moore were phonies. Their position was pretty much that most people have “0” connection with those in Moore so why show any hope or care for those that you don’t have a connection with?! This was a person whom I “know”, having grown up in the same town, even lived in the same building for a while. This was a person who purports to be a “church goer” and a worker with the youth in his area. So … I was shocked! Even more so shocking was the number of people who selected “like” to his post … many of whom I also knew from our shared hometown. Now, if that is really how someone feels, so be it. I will pray for that someone that they find a better way to express themselves. I could write a PhD dissertation of some of my thoughts on this topic but remembering a quote that I put in my yearbook when graduating from St. Paul’s School, “Be yourself because you are you!”, seems to say it best!

“If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself.” – Rollo Mayo

Today, I will take risks by stating my ideas. I will stand up for myself by listening to my intuition. (TOUCHSTONES, May 22)

Have a wonderful “Hump Day” by lifting each other UP!


John I. Cook, Director

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