“…If I’m laden at all
I’m laden with sadness
That everyone’s heart
Isn’t filled with the gladness
Of love for one another
It’s a long, long road
From which there is no return
While we’re on the way to there
Why not share…”

Borrowing these lyrics from “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”, by The Hollies, I challenge everyone during the Lenten season to make a genuine effort to recognize our fellow man not as black or white, rich or poor, Baptist or Muslim, Democratic or Republican, and just love and respect each other. It shouldn’t be that difficult. Some people have become so focused on tagging others if they don’t share similar thoughts or beliefs, that they tend to overlook the fact that first and foremost, they are human beings. There needs to be some control and order that comes out of the chaos that we are currently experiencing.

Lent is a time for reflection. Many people sacrifice chocolate, sodas, etc. Lent doesn’t have to be a physical sacrifice. It can be a time to reshape your way of thinking, a time to stop judging others and a time to strive to be a better person. We shouldn’t need a special time of the year to make changes. That time comes everyday when you wake up. Don’t waste time. Be proactive. Pay it forward. Listen without interrupting. Strive to understand even if you don’t agree.

It’s not hard. Just do it.