For Goodness' Sake

This poem was inspired by a quote by Archbishop Desmond Tutu:

We are made for goodness. We are made for love. We are made for friendliness. We are made for togetherness. We are made for all of the beautiful things that you and I know. We are made to tell the world that there are no outsiders. All are welcome: black, white, red, yellow, rich, poor, educated, not educated, male, female, gay, straight, all, all, all. We all belong to this family, this human family, God’s family.

“Can’t we all get along”, for goodness’
sake? Can’t we all “give love
a chance”? Why is friendliness
such a foreign concept? Wouldn’t it be beautiful
if all people everywhere were welcome,
accepted, believed in, lived as a family?

The human race was created and conceived as family,
meant to depend on each other, lean on each other, expect goodness
as a matter of course. Everyone was welcome
at the table, despite their differences. We were meant to love
one another, to consider each other beautiful,
and to share among ourselves. Friendliness

was not the exception but the rule. Friendliness
greeted us around each corner. Hugs abounded within the family
to which we all belonged. Life was beautiful,
full of laughter and charity and goodness.
The words “I love you” weren’t the only way we showed love.
Our homes were happy and light and all were welcome.

So, what happened? No one is welcome
who is different in looks or religion or thought. Friendliness
is selfishly guarded for only those in our close circle. Love
for our neighbor is a foreign concept, shown instead only to our family.
A smile for a stranger is regarded as suspicious; goodness
and kindness are hidden in our back pockets. Where did the beautiful

camaraderie of past times go? What can we do to regain the beautiful
things we all know and deep inside wish to make welcome?
We can stop considering others “outsiders” and show all people goodness.
We can demonstrate friendliness
among all people regardless of color, religion or gender. Family
can consist of the world of people and showing love

can be accepted as the norm. Let’s spread our arms and accept love
and share love and show others how beautiful
life is when we become one family,
one people, who stand up together against those who don’t welcome
diversity and difference. We can teach friendliness
to all who care to learn and spread goodness

around the world. Love is easy to share and is welcome
to all who are pushed aside by others. Share the beautiful gift of friendliness
with all whom you encounter. Redefine family and watch as your soul fills with goodness.

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