I am writing to encourage you, whether you are in the United States as we count down the last 22 days to our presidential election, or you live in any great place around the world.
There is a priceless treasure in each nation: Its people. We come in all sizes, colors, beliefs, “classes” and levels of ability; many are educated; others not so much. In short, we are unique…yet we hold so much in common.
I have listened as we are told that America is no longer great; that we are stupid, deceived, helpless victims of the media, other countries, our government…whatever else.
Here is what I say to all of that:
We are precious, capable, powerful, principled and decent people. We share much wealth in our heritage, diversity, skills, hopes, dreams and standards. We have accomplished much and have a lot to do.
WE are not alone: We have many brothers and sisters around the world. They join us in promoting the best for all people.
Take good care.
Take good care of the treasure called you.
Take good care of those around you: Your family, friends, neighbors, community, nation and world.
Do not let the poison of depreciation or disparaging remarks sicken your soul; throw negativity in the trash so that it can’t spread to others.
Draw a line in your life: If it is angry, degrading, judgemental, indecent, violent, hurtful to others or you, reject it.
Set your eyes on what is good, true, lovely, praiseworthy, noble, honorable and life-giving. Build on these. Absorb, nurture, develop and share these qualities.
Apply what I am writing to everyone in your life, from yourself and family to the highest office in the land.
Let our expectations be strong and bright; let them match the priceless value of our most precious national treasures: Us.