Sunday, April 24, 2011

Got To Have Faith

On this day in the year 2011 people from all over the world, representing nearly every walk of life are exercising their faiths. Yes, they truly believe in and support their ideologies nearly to the point of obsession. Some will cheer, some will shout, tears will fall and prayers will be made on this glorious Sunday. Today, millions of people will pack into various buildings across the globe to recognize, support and express their feelings and emotions…their faith.

That’s right, as if planned by Obama himself, today is all about hope and faith. What an amazing concept. To see people of all ages, races, colors coming together in support of a common idea, is a miracle within itself.

We are all raised within our respective regions, influenced by our families, friends, and community. As we grow up, we begin to make choices for ourselves that we’ll carry for the rest of our lives. Sometimes we stay in tune with our families, but often we separate and form our own views and opinions. I can honestly say that I share some of the same beliefs as my father, but my mother and I are on different sides of the fence. Even my siblings and I can’t seem to see eye to eye…and that’s okay.

We are all free to be ourselves, to believe in who and what we choose. That’s the wonderful thing about faith; we all have access to it. It doesn’t judge, ridicule or discriminate.

I have formed friendships over our shared beliefs and almost lost a few over our differences. Lines can be drawn in the sand, feelings can be hurt and arguments can and usually do arise. We need to be tolerant; to look at our fellow man or woman, and see that we’re all human. We may not share the same beliefs, but we all have our right to them. We should respect each other’s views and embrace the fact that we have differences. That’s what opens up dialogue and leads to teaching, learning and understanding. So today as we exercise our faiths in our own ways please remember that today is about our own victory...not another’s loss.

Be kind to each other and let the day be about its true meaning…it’s the NBA PLAYOFFS!!!

Kobe and the Lakeshow looking to 3 peat! Everyone have a Happy Easter…and as always…

Go Lakers!!!

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