America, i love you at nautilus teachings

every day, i go to a new school
in brevard county
every day, i listen to the
opening announcements…
they ALL begin with
God Bless America
which leads into the
Pledge of Allegiance…
the children, the teachers and i
all participate…
every day
i feel such pride
in being an American.
today
in America
our leadership changes…
as i sit and watch
the television coverage
of the day passed
and of the live feed
i am filled with sadness at all the violence…
WE
ARE
AMERICANS!
we are a great country
many presidents i have voted for
were not elected
and that is ok with me
what i love is the tradition
whether it is of great change
of or the same o
same o
we
are
not
in
control…
anger never helps
rebellion may get your
photo in a magazine or on tv
tweets may get you a ton
of followers
protesting may make your heart sing…
i am good with all of that
this is our right
freedom of speech
violence is never acceptable…
but this guy was elected
he will lead our country
in his own way
just as all the presidents past have,
like them or not…


i will never take a side
because i am truly grateful
for my life
i get to wake up
teach
learn
live
love
give
grow…
i have never understood aggression
or someone forcing their beliefs or views
i just am
who
i
am…
hate me
like or love me
i won’t tell you left or right
my heart belongs to America…
so every day
when you crack open your eyelids
your kids say,
“mommy what’s for breakfast…”
your husband wraps you in his
‘i love you more than life hug’
you buy groceries at the store
and chat with friends
knowing your life is amazing…
every day, i want you to remember
one tiny thing…
you
are
not
in
control…
it
is
what
it
is…
accept
forgive
believe
walk in faith
be an original
think for yourself
love your life
your family
all the blessings
bestowed upon you…


open those eyes
take off the rose colored glasses
and remember
life is about changes
growth
look all around you
technology is growing rapidly
the climate is changing
people are living longer
you are aging
you can resist it all
you can get mad
not accept
stay in the same place
follow the crowd
or
just maybe
you can open up your mind
let it be
live your life
practice gratitude
help someone in need
volunteer
start going to a church
have faith…
leaders will continue
to come and go
some you will hate
some you will love
America
is a great country
love your country
your fellow Americans
support our troops
help the homeless
visit the aging
who have been abandoned
in nursing homes
rescue a pet
sing
dance
surf
and if you are still
upset or angry
about any decision made
which you absolutely
cannot ever change
practice acceptance
of reality
then hit the gym
go for a run
ride a bike
play a sport
wrestle with your kids
laugh
bake
swim…


get your butt outside
turn off your television
all your devices
get off Facebook
and all social media
haters are gonna hate
don’t be like them
be love
give
listen
help
but most of all remember
in the end
only kindness matters…
i for one will never
EVER
join anyone in
hating
bashing
bullying
demeaning…
think before you speak
text
post
rant
is this really helping
who am i hurting
is it necessary
my guess
the answer to all the above
is NO…
as my dear mother used to say,
“Sheri, find your strength in silence
your beauty in giving
your words in deeds
and your life in faith…”