United We Stand, Divided We Fall

Heather Kobler

We have a new President who will be sworn in on January 20, 2017. There are many who are completely happy with the choice the American people made and there are those who are not happy with the chosen candidate.

In some parts of our country, people are protesting the Presidential Elect by obstructing traffic and doing damage to property including setting fires and hurting others. We have the right to free speech, but not the right to stop traffic, hurt others and/or damage businesses. What if a parent was rushing a child to a hospital and could not get to their destination in a timely fashion and a child died?

Minorities as well as immigrants say that they are being treated badly and that their rights have been obstructed by the treatment that they are receiving here in the U.S.A. This is what I know for sure; none of us can change the color of our skin, but we can change our attitude. It’s one of those things that we have complete control over.

Associating with people who are angry and disenchanted with life in general can become an accident just waiting to happen. Setting a goal and moving toward that objective is the best way to change your life.

Occasionally I speak with younger people and if they mention they’re not being treated right because of their ethnic group, I remind them that the only difference between us (besides gender) is our perception of each other. That statement is a big heads up and I can tell by the reaction I receive that no one ever mentioned this fact before. Placing barriers between people who live in the same country is a bad idea.

Some families teach children to be prejudice about anything that is different from them which is sad. Having tunnel vision and not relating to others outside of your comfort zone is a waste. If you were fighting an unseen enemy and your buddy was from a different ethnic group, his ethnicity would never be questioned. The question would be; does this guy have my back?

I can’t tell you how many times I was told this: “Do the best with what you’ve got”. I grew up in the ghetto in Chicago and being exposed to every ethnic and religious group was the greatest blessing I ever received. I always see the best in everyone because that’s what I choose to look for.

Both my parents were immigrants and they taught me that America is the greatest country on Earth. We can move freely almost anywhere we want with almost no restrictions. Try that in China and see what happens! Count your blessings and do the best you can with what you’ve got.  That’s a winning combination!

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