Thoughts for the Day – Monday, Oct. 3rd, 2016

There will be days when you feel isolated, alone, depressed, burnt out, and fed up. There will be days when it feels like the whole world is set against you for no good reason but to simply hate you simply because the world feels like it can get away with it. There will be days when the world will judge you unfairly based on your looks and appearance, who you show affection to, who you hang out with, what you say, what you think but don’t say, what you feel, how you express, and so on… and so on. The world will have days and nights where it doesn’t seem to want to be on your side. The world can be a cruel and hate-filled place. And maybe lately it feels like it only getting worse.

But then there is you. And whether you know it or not, there are countless others who think, feel, express, love, and share as you do. There are whole communities of people who are dealing with the same obstacles and challenges as you. There are communities of hundreds, if not thousands, and maybe millions of people who feel like they slip through society’s cracks and can’t ever seem to get a fair break in this world. There are hundreds if not thousands or millions of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning people all around you who walk the same path as you or take on the same journey of self-expression and spiritual discovery as you– every day.

The challenge may be to find them and connect with them for support and empowerment and fellowship. The beauty is, getting organized and getting together and finding people to express with and find strength with is getting much easier than we realize! The wonders of social media– Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Skype, and so on. Even blogs like this one or online journals and websites galore can be the starting point for bigger things.

It’s okay to feel sad, alone, lonely, and hurt… but you do not have to feel these emotions alone. God didn’t intend for us to be alone. God wanted us to connect, be together, form families and communities and to join together in common causes for mutual good.

And if today is a good day or a great day? Go out there and reach out to someone who isn’t feeling so good or so hot or so great. Put yourself out there and reach other to others and be their inspiration and offer to guide them from the dim and grim and grouchy. Misery loves company! But if you’re able to gather, even in misery, then in time you may as well gather and celebrate togetherness.

 

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About Rachel Conlin McLeod

Transgender activist, Christian at First Baptist Church in Willimantic, Connecticut. B.A. in History and Social Sciences, B.A. in Sociology Freelance writer, tutor, research assistant Loves hockey, ballet, women's gymnastics, and Bible studies.
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