Day 360 - November Gratitude, part 24
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
A brief recap of my blog from yesterday - I met with the Associated Students today at noon to talk about the relocation of their student lounge and got to draw the winning tickets for the 5 tremendous Thanksgiving gift baskets (with turkeys, potatoes, green beans and corn, roasting pans, rolls, and more). It was so moving to select "Valley Fire victim" as one of the winning tickets. Lena, one of the student officers who was a victim of the fire, was unanimously selected as the recipient of the basket. It was a great moment, and I was so pleased to be a part of it.
But that's not the subject of today's post. I've already written about how great our students are and how much I care about them.
Today's post is about something even bigger.
The horrible acts of a few people in France last week really set my focus on what makes the United States such an amazing country to live in. We were founded on freedom. We are free to be who we are, to vote for leaders who we believe represent us, to raise our voice against oppression and bigotry and hatred. Singing our National Anthem on the day after Veterans Day just reminded me of how grateful that I live in such a great nation. We may not always get what we want after Election Day, but we've learned to cope with the results knowing that the majority of voices made their opinions known and heard.
If you live in a country that doesn't feel free, what can you do about it? There are many people who are trying to leave their oppressive regime, and some may be trying to come to the US, only to be turned away by people for whom freedom is second nature. It's hard for me to imagine that many of us, whose ancestors may have immigrated to this country, would think that someone trying to escape from a terrible environment doesn't deserve to be here.
I am moved by the struggle of those who battle against, or escape from, oppression. I know what it feels like to be put down and belittled. I would want to go to a place where there were open arms to embrace me and make me feel safe and secure. I have found that in my life, and much of that comes from my experience here on Spark. If only we could all find a place like SparkPeople to make us feel like we belong and are accepted.
I'm grateful for my FREEDOM, and pray that everyone can find it, one way or another.
Keep Sparking, friends!