“You love this town…Even if that doesn’t ring true…You’ve been all over…And it’s been all over you…”- Beautiful Day, U2
I just love that song. Hum along with me… and please continue to read. I need your help.
I heard one of the best homilies I’ve heard in a long time at Mass yesterday. The priest started by asking “What’s your good news?”.
At first I didn’t realize where he was going with this. And, I admit, though, I’m trying to be patient, I was thinking…well…It’s been a rough couple of months and I’m staying faithful and hopeful but I’m not sure what to say about “good news”.
He continued and said (I’m paraphrasing) with all of the bad in the world: Injustice (he mentioned this a few times and we all knew what he was talking about), pain, war, fighting, etc…we need to do what we can do to change the story. And report our good news.
He went on to talk about not caring about whether you’re a Democrat or Republican (he used those exact words…which made me sit up to see if he was looking at me), gay or straight, black or white. He’s not interested in your age or how much money you have.
He challenged each of us to do what we can to change the story.
And then report on our good news.
I thought about what he said. And I changed my attitude. And while I’m hoping and praying for some personalkindof good news as this year comes to end, I thought about this blog and our community. And then about how I can help use my voice to change the story and report the good news.
Last week, as you may recall, I wrote about having a community conversation. If you missed it, please click this link https://isthisthingon1.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/44/.
I was nervous to post it. But soon after I posted, people started to comment…and text..and call…to express interest in a community conversation. And then a few elected officials called. And they too expressed interested in a conversation.
People want to talk. And figure out what it takes to change the story in our neck of the woods. (I mean, we don’t have war..but hopefully you get the drift.)
Now, I don’t want to be some lady who just helps start these conversations and then nothing changes. I don’t want to be labeled but truly this stuff keeps me up at night (Well, this and a few other personal things…). And I also think we need to figure out how to invite folks who generally wouldn’t come. What good is it to only chat with people who think exactly like you do..or look exactly like you!?
So what do we do? What do you think?
A few years ago, I came across this program: http://www.innovating.com/mosaic-partnerships/. Other communities are talking! Could this be it?
A friend of mine mentioned that she was a part of this initiative: http://daytondialogue.org. Maybe this it?
I don’t know the answer. But I want to do my part and then tell the good news. Help me out?
“It’s a beautiful day…Don’t let it get away…It’s a beautiful day…”