Recently I decided to hide away in a book store, gazing at all the books, journals and magazines. Over the years, I have developed a deep love for bookstores. I have no idea why, but bookstores and libraries are the greatest hiding places. So I wanted to steal a little time away, and just meander around for a few hours. I was wandering around, when I noticed the lady next to me seemed lost. I couldn’t stand the fact that she looked lost, and there were no employees around. So I ask, “ma’am, can I help you with something?” “Yes”, she replied. “I’m looking for a book by Jeff Foxworthy.” I glanced around and there were no employees at the customer service desk, but I politely sent her in that direction, and let her know someone would help her there. She thanked me.

When she walked away, I started gazing around, and I looked up to see what section I was in. Believe it or not, I was standing at the Comedy section. So I started looking for Jeff Foxworthy. While thumbing through all of the authors to find her a book, I looked up and there she was again with an employee. I mentioned that I was still trying to look for her a book. She smiled, but then I said “I don’t work here though”. She said, “You could.” I noticed the employee was standing a good distance from both of us. So I told her I would leave her with the employee, since it wasn’t my job and I had not found her book. The employee replied, I would love to help you two, but I have to maintain 6 feet of social distance, so I will need some room. The lady and I backed off, and I walked away and left them to find the book.

The situation highlighted the fact that we are living in this new world order. And to answer your question about my opinion, let me be polite. Yes, I adhere to it most of the time, to ere on the side of safety. I don’t always remember to wear a mask, but I now consider health, a luxury for the most part, after suffering from cancer a few years ago. I am profoundly aware of health issues and concerns, and even the concern of others around me. I’m usually the first one to speak up about health issues, especially now that we live in the world of Covid. I know there are many, many experts in the field, who know so much more than I do. But experience is golden. Our differences of opinion is also a luxury. But life experience can leave such a mark in our lives, that we are confronted with those opinions and belief systems. So I want to be a voice of hope, not just vocal. Not because I need to, but because experience has taught me in the area of health, we need our health to survive this world. Please don’t ask me to speak on the politics of it. I will have to let God sort out those things that I don’t understand. But after suffering with cancer, yes, 18 months of treatments, chemotherapy, surgeries and radiation, I make attempts to try and use a little wisdom. In one situation, I politely ask a stranger that needed to assist me in public, to use a mask, and they did so, and even generously accommodated. I’ve thanked numerous people for their services behind drive through windows, in the doctor’s offices and grocery stores. We are living in a difficult time, we are juggling difficult issues, and we are facing difficult challenges. What we decide to do with those challenges in this hour, will determine who we are as human beings.

I believe that people really do desire to be good human beings.

I believe that people do want to do what is right in the wake of trouble and disaster.

I believe we do share a love for the common good of those around us and those who are less fortunate than us.

I believe that if we do believe in a better tomorrow, a better tomorrow will come.

I believe that if you and I desire to be a better people, a better people, we will be.

I believe that if we shake hands whether with friend or foe, a bond is created that can change our world.

I believe that by design, we have a heart beat to be better tomorrow than we were today.

I believe that tomorrow, we will be better.

I believe if we set our sight on changing the world today, tomorrow, the world will change.

I believe if darkness is addressed today, light will spring forth tomorrow.

I believe that love will win.

I believe that true love will conquer.

I believe that there is love in the truth.

I believe there is a small seed of good planted in each one of us today.

I believe that tomorrow, we will blossom if we water that seed.

I believe slowing down today, will bring us a more peaceful tomorrow.

I believe it is well with our soul, when our soul is well.

I believe our whole being thrives from the issues of the heart.

I believe young children make us laugh, and senior adults gives us wisdom.

I believe that money can’t buy happiness, but it sure does buy a great slice of the pie.

I believe that churches aren’t perfect, but the most imperfect church sure makes a community better, than no church at all.

I believe that rulers and authority figures will not always get it right, but without boundaries, we are a reckless and wretched people.

I believe our society is groaning for something better. I believe that something better may be found deep inside of us.

I believe we’re groaning to know a better way, to do a better thing, to be a better human, and to serve and lead a better people.

I believe we were designed for this by the Creator.

If you don’t believe it, the only thing I offer you is “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart,” which is found in the writings of the prophet Jeremiah.

I believe that before we were borne, we were set apart for something better.

I believe we are called to mountain tops and high places. But those journeys to the peaks, begin growing in the valley. We are called to bloom where we’re planted, until we are transplanted to places where we blossom.

I believe that if you and I can agree to believe together, nothing shall be impossible for us.

So, back to the ladies in the bookstore. I don’t know whether they found a book or not. I left the employee to do her job that she was getting paid to do. And then I went to another section in the store. There, on the floor, sat a young girl, under the Self Improvement section. Beautiful long hair, tattoos all over, black leather boots, and in her hands a stack of books on Tarot cards. So of course, I felt the need to strike up a conversation with her too. I just couldn’t help myself. I try so hard to mind my own business, and I just can’t do it. I can’t. Because I know a better way of life, I just can’t help myself, I have to tell people. It’s the craziest thing in the world. It’s like I just can’t let people go on their merry way when I know they are lost. So I won’t bore you with that story today, I’ll save it for another day, but it was a good one.

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