To the Editor;

Take a look around in the green world, such varied vegetation.

So many different types of trees; different shapes, sizes and colours, all beautiful. Take a look at all the different creatures in the world. Think of the canine family, many different types of dogs; domestic as well as wild. Different shapes, sizes, colour, and personalities, yet all members of the same family.

It is past time that people wake up and realize we are all unique individuals, no two are exactly the same, all members of the same family, the human race. I think of a song we sang as children that was written in the 1800s … “All the children of the world. Red (brown) and yellow, black and white. All are precious in His sight.” It seems this sentiment has been lost over the years and needs to be reawakened as every life is precious, we are all members of the same family, the human race. We are all different yet all the same in so many ways. Not the same cookie cutter but all cookies just the same.

I am broken hearted by the news of all the children, the little people from the Indigenous community who were taken from their families and placed in residential schools, were murdered and placed in unmarked graves. The technology of today has shed light on this great injustice to our fellow members of our human family. This is a black mark on Canadian history that must be acknowledged moving forward with truth and reconciliation.

I also think of what has been and continues to happen with our brothers and sister of the Black community, the Asian community, as well as all those of different religions, sexual orientations, as well as those who speak different languages. It is time we acknowledge that we are all members of the human race, a family.

I personally feel honoured to have many female friends (First Nation, Black, Muslim, Korean et al) who call me sister. There are other friends that I have who call me their ‘homie’ … chosen family.

I think of my dear nephew who is legally blind (visually challenged) … if we were all blind we would see the real person. I think of my friends who are deaf (hearing challenged) … if we were all deaf we would hear what people were really saying.

I always say, you see the person standing in front of you, you should try and treat them like you would want to be treated yourself … with care, love and respect. We do not have to like everyone all the time but we can still love all. There are times when I am sure you will not like yourself but you can still love yourself.

We all have a challenge of one sort or another yet we are all members of the same family, the human race.

I think the world/life would be pretty dull if everything was the same … not the same cookie cutter.

Think about it. Be nice to yourself and all those you encounter in this journey called life. Do not forget the past, do your best in the present and focus on what you can do for the future of all those who come after us. Care, love and respect for all.

Brenda Sterling-Goodwin

New Glasgow