#RWISA “RISE-UP” TOUR, DAY 12, @PURSOOT #RRBC #RRBC_COMMUNITY

If we stand united by our humanity, a whisper of hope becomes a roar.

Have you ever asked yourself what you would do to make this world a much better place if money and time were not barriers in your life?

I have.

Many of my dreams for the future, are based on my unerring certainty that someday we’ll be united as a species.

I must hold on to that certainty. Am I simply impossibly optimistic? Perhaps. How did I come to be that way?

I’ve walked more than a mile in the shoes of people who found themselves devoid of hope.

I’ve lived the soul-destroying life of the homeless. The streets of any city anywhere in the world all resound with the echoes of their muttered despair.

Those streets are cold, hard, places to be. I’ve watched on in helpless rage as older folks succumbed to the winter cold, no longer physically or emotionally able to endure yet another season of deprivation. I’ve huddled around a fire burning in a forty-four-gallon drum, exposing my eleven-year-old self to the company of strangers. Strangers who shuffled around and made room for me in their circle.

I’ve slept in doorways and in rat-infested shells of buildings ready for demolition.

I’ve experienced the gut gnawing hunger of despair.

We as a species are bombarded by the images of man’s inhumanity to man. Everywhere you turn the media in all its forms will use a battering ram against your tolerance levels. Until you are wrung out by the ugliness of it and find yourself becoming desensitized to all that pain. You may find yourself disconnecting from it. You try to protect yourself, wrapping your emotional firewalls around you like a security blanket.

Perhaps it’s because you feel so powerless to change any of it.

But you aren’t powerless. You have the opportunity to alter your environment. How? What can one person possibly do? Perhaps the simplest way to make a contribution to changing that harsh reality is to open your eyes and take a long look around at your immediate surroundings.

Why is that child four houses down wearing shorts and a tee-shirt to school in the midst of a cold winter? Do you say nothing, only to feel overwhelming guilt when a tragedy unfolds? A tragedy that could have been prevented if only someone, somewhere had asked a question.

Your neighbor’s front garden has been untended for weeks when it had once been her pride and joy. Is she unwell? Has anyone seen her recently? Ask the unasked questions.

Are we going to make a difference by speaking up? Hell yes. I know it from personal experience. My life’s journey altered its path because a total stranger looked into my eyes and asked me if I was okay. It was the first time another human being had ever asked me the question. More importantly for me, she listened to my answer.

It was the beginning of me recognizing that kindness still existed. More importantly, it was the start of me learning to dream of a life not tainted by the dark tragic embers of despair, but resplendent in the warm glow colored by hope.

Together our voices would cease to be a vaguely heard whisper. If we stand united the volume of sound we generate will become a roar.

Reconnect with your humanity. You can make a difference.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”  ~ Unknown

~RWISA Author, Suzanne Burke

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Thank you for dropping by today’s RWISA “RISE-UP” stop.  We hope that the message contained here has moved you in some way to RISE UP and do something; one small change could impact the life of another without you even knowing it.  Don’t just sit around talking about the problem, be part of the solution.  It doesn’t take much when you decide that you are going to RISE UP!

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  1. Hi, Soooz, I’m sorry I’m late. Wow, what a life you’ve had! This is an incredible post, and I’m so glad you shared it with us. *Hugs*

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    • Thank you, my friend. Please forgive the lengthy delay in responding, we lost internet connection her on November 16th and it was only restored last night, December 7th. I appreciate your kind comments on my post.💕

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  2. Excellent post, Soooz, and so powerfully stated. Your words carry weight because of the story of your youth. You know the value of a caring person who will stop and acknowledge your humanity. Thanks for teaching us about the impact our kind acts can have on those who truly suffer. Bless you, Soooz.

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    • Thank you, my friend. Please forgive the lengthy delay in responding, we lost internet connection her on November 16th and it was only restored last night, December 7th. I appreciate your kind comments on my post.

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  3. Soooz, you are So right. WE can make a difference in small, seemingly unimportant ways. Thank you SO much for the beautiful post. YES! I will open my eyes and look around me. If we all do that, we will make someone’s world a little kinder, less harsh, less bitter.

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    • Thank you so much, Jan. Please forgive the lengthy delay in responding, we lost internet connection her on November 16th and it was only restored last night, December 7th. I appreciate your kind comments on my post.💕

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  4. A very powerful post, Soooz. We all should become more involved in the welfare of others. It is a sad thing when people no longer care for each other. You have experienced that condition first hand and it is not something to be taken lightly. Thanks for the reminder.

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  5. Hi, Suzanne. One of my takeaways from Empty Chairs was how you described adults in the park ostracizing you and your companions while they enjoyed their picnics and good fortune instead of looking and seeing hungry children who needed their compassion and help. I know fear motivates some of that refusal to look. Will the person resent it, are they emotionally disturbed, will they lash out? The brave thing, the rise up thing, for us when we see a person in need should be to offer help, not scorn. A lovely piece of writing, Sooz.

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    • Thank you, Mary. Please forgive the lengthy delay in responding, we lost internet connection her on November 16th and it was only restored last night, December 7th. I appreciate your kind comments on my post.💕

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  6. D.L. Finn, Author November 24, 2019 — 6:14 pm

    Beautiful, Soooz. You are so right we. Do have to ask the question others aren’t asking. It is as simple as checking on your neighbor. Although it is hard not to want to shut the world out now or ignore it this is the time we need to reach out and make our difference.

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    • Thank you, my friend. Please forgive the lengthy delay in responding, we lost internet connection her on November 16th and it was only restored last night, December 7th. I appreciate you stopping by, and leaving your kind comments on my post.💕

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  7. Soooz, your kind spirit is inspiring to all. Thanks so much for shining bright, my friend. xo

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  8. Yvette M. Calleiro November 24, 2019 — 3:15 pm

    With all that you have been through, for you to still have hope is a great encouragement. I agree that we need to stop pretending we don’t see our fellow human beings suffering. I also believe in the ripple effect of kindness. Thank you for sharing a bit of your story with us and inspiring us to be the positive change. 🙂

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    • Thanks so much for your kind comment, Yvette. I’ve seen first-hand the ripple effect of shared kindness, it has inspired me to hold onto my hope for a brighter tomorrow for all of us. I appreciate you stopping by. 💕

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  9. No, we are NOT powerless. A favorite saying of mine is: “The Three C’s: You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change.” You are a perfect example of someone who chose to take a chance to make a change.
    This was a wonderful post.

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    • Thanks so much, Karen. I love that old saying and you are so right, those Three C’s are pivotal. Embracing them is surely the way for us as a species to move forward.💕

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  10. Thanks, Suzanne, you’ve walked the path of despair and emerged as an inspirational individual.

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  11. peggyhattendorfcom November 24, 2019 — 4:52 am

    Wow, this is powerful, Suzanna. Thank you for sharing some of your personal journeys.

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    • Thanks so much for stopping by, Peggy. Forgive the lengthy delay in replying, we lost internet connection here on November 16th, and it was restored late last night December 7th.

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  12. This is a truly moving piece of writing, Suzanne. You are most definitely an optimist–despite all that you’ve endured. I admire that trait. I don’t know that we, as a species, will ever unite. There are just too many in this world who are greedy, self serving, and downright evil. But there are many more who are caring and compassionate. The idea of looking after those in our own neighborhoods is the perfect way to begin. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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