One Nation Under God

This is a timely post from Guest Blogger, Amanda Scott. Amanda is an Aspire Managing Partner. She has extensive leadership experience and in this blog reflects upon the recent tragic events in our nation and the humanity we all feel in wanting to do something to help. Thank you for sharing, Amanda.

- Wes Saade, M.D.

 

Do you ever sit and wonder why there so many bad people that do bad things in the world? Or why do Mother Nature or freak accidents have to rip apart our land and our people? I know I do, daily.

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I’m a reflector, and not only do I reflect upon myself daily, but I also use reflection within the everyday world.  I always think of how I can be a better person and how can I make everyone on our planet a better person.  I think big, what can I say!

I have had many inexcusable things happen to me in my life by some very close people, some of them on the borderline of traumatic.  Thankfully, when bad things happen to me personally I take them as opportunities to learn and grow…something I’ve done since I was a little kid.

As I have grown into an adult, a leader, a parent and a wife I look around sometimes and ask myself, “Where are the good people?”  You know, the ones who have good hearts, love with everything they have and want to do good things for people.  And why do things out of anyone’s control have to happen to good people?  I think that because so many bad things have happened to me, sometimes my experiences in life cause me to see only the bad.

That was until the very challenging situations America has had to face in the last six months have taken place.  First the Sandy Hook shootings, then the Boston Marathon bombings, and only a few days later a fertilizer plant explodes in West, TX.  And just when you think, “Okay.  Maybe everything will be okay,” Oklahoma is ravished by tornadoes.  Every single one of these situations broke my heart and soul, as it did for all of America and beyond.

As I have sat and reflected on all of these events, I have realized one very important thing that will change my reflection on the world and myself from this day forward:  There are so many good-hearted people, that love with all they have and ARE doing great things for all of these victims and communities!  When bad things happen, they are met with good people!

I hate to say that it took these last six months of devastating events to take place to make me see more good than bad in the world.  But unfortunately, sometimes these kinds of heartaches are what bring our nation and people together, united as one.

Below I have shared all I was, and still am, feeling inside with a poem I have written.  Even though there is still so much pain in my heart from all of the hurt we have had to endure as a nation recently, I chose to turn that hurt inside of me into something positive.  I hope you get the feeling of “good” that I felt when I wrote this poem.

It is my honor to share my very first poem with all of you!

Last year ended, and it was rough.
And this year has been more than tough.

Sandy Hook sent our nation into a whirlwind of emotions.
Americans all over sent their love, prayers and devotion.
The tragic ending to so many innocent lives.
Sons, Daughters, Mothers, Fathers, Husbands and Wives…
How could this community, state and nation ever recover?

Then our nation, a few months later, is stunned with shock and tears.
The Boston Marathon bombings happened and instantly our nation was sent into fear.
Another tragic ending to so many innocent lives.
Sons, Daughters, Mothers, Fathers, Husbands and Wives…
How could this community, state and nation ever recover?

A few days later something unexplainable happens in a small town.
A West, TX fertilizer plant explodes, and tears an entire community down.
Another tragic ending to so many innocent lives.
Sons, Daughters, Mothers, Fathers, Husbands and Wives…
How could this community, state and nation recover?

Not but a month later, Mother Nature sets the stage for mass devastation.
Oklahoma suffers a wide path of heartache, loss and total rehabilitation.
Another tragic ending to so many innocent lives.
Sons, Daughters, Mothers, Fathers, Husbands and Wives…
How could this community, state and nation recover?

Our nation is crippled and needs to be nursed.
The question of “why” comes to mind first.
How can we ever recover from so much pain?
We all feel like we have been hit by an emotional train.

Send some kisses to all of the angels that have been sent up above.
They are going heal us by spreading all their love.
We will pick up the pieces and put them back together.
Our community, state and nation will recover, because we are one nation under God always and forever.

Amanda Scott
Aspire Founding Partner

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