Thursday, January 13, 2011

Words That Heal, Words That Wound

Yesterday, Barak Obama spoke these words at a memorial at the University of Arizona for those slain and injured in last week's tragic shooting:

"At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized — at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do — it's important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds."
Amen and thank you Mr. President.

Can you imagine an entire day on FB when everybody only posted words that heal and none that wound? I can.

Next Monday we honor Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., a great American who lived and died trying to unite Americans and heal the wounded.

I have a proposal for you, an drastic suggestion to begin a more civil political discourse for the country we all love.

How about on Monday, January 17, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we show our respect for him and for all men of good will, as well as those killed and injured in the attack in Arizona, by posting on Facebook that day ONLY words that are meant to heal?

For one brief 24 hour period, can we just set aside our differences, our cynicism and anger and especially our wounding words? Words can bring joy or words can crush the spirit. It's our choice. Can’t we at least for once, attempt to use the awesome power of free speech to uplift, to encourage, to praise and to bring as much peace as we know how?

I hope you will join me and share this post on your profile if you agree.
Together, Facebook has power. Let's use it to heal and not to hurt.

At least for one day.

Sometimes I just have to share what's on my heart.

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