The last few weeks America has focused on issues of… well, money. Can we, in our great country, end the over-whelming debt crisis that has pervaded our society for several years now? Members of both political parties argued back and forth the merits of their party’s plan. (Or, as many of us saw it… a lack there of.) In the end, they came to a mutual agreement of once again raising the financial ceiling, so America does not have to default on “loans.” It was thinly disguised. Don’t get me wrong, I for one am glad that for the time being anyway, Social Security seems to be saved. I worked too many years and contributed too much to it, for it not to matter. However, as once again I watched the energy and zeal put forth by elected politicans on fiscal issues (the pocket is deep)… I couldn’t help but wonder when societal issues would capture as much of their personal commitment and desire for change. We have a number of causes and issues that go begging for crusaders and attention.
However, with this said, I am always proud to be an American…even with its current political circus. It has been very clear to me for a long, long time that had I not been an Abused Child, here in America, I might not have survived. How is that possible, you might wonder. To me, it’s very clear. In our great country, when something bad, unwarranted, or untimely happens to us as individuals, we have the opportunity to seek healing when it ends. It always ends, one way or the other.
For me, the initial healing was to get out of my abusive home and get an education. Our country allowed me, even as a minor, many opportunities to borrow monies to do so through low-interest government loans. Not every country has set monies aside for that purpose. I took advantage of that and received an excellent education that has allowed me to earn a good living. That is not the case in all countries. In the years within my classroom teaching, I never once censored what I said. If I was asked a question, I answered professionally, but always with honesty. In our country, we have the Freedom of Speech and I cherish that. We saw that come greatly into play in the almost childish name-calling between the politicians. It has also allowed me to write SPIRIT UNBROKEN to help other abuse victims.
In America, we have also the freedom of “choice.” If we don’t like something than we can strive to change it. That goes with our own lives too. This land is really a land of opportunity in all venues. I embrace my life knowing that I am free to become whatever I choose for myself. I have always known there was and is a way to put bad things aside , but we have to actively do it! As Americans we can either passively sit and wait for everything to be perfect in our individual lives and things to come to us without exerting any effort… or we can make every effort to improve not only our own lives, but those around us.
I “get” Dr. Matin Luther King’s “I HAVE A DREAM” speech…I always have. My own dream is that one day all children will grow up in safety here in our country (as well as all others) and Child Abuse will be a thing of the past. In America we can do whatever we choose, but it requires hard work and dedication. Ending Child Abuse does not require dollars. It requires recognition, envolvement by all of us, and ELECTED OFFICIALS who get that their responsibilities are so much more than dollar signs.