Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
7:51 pm EDT
Saturday, May 15, 2021

Restore your faith in humanity 

Like you, I am pained by the social unrest in America and political divide. I’m tired of riots, backlash against police, and heated confrontations between Trump and Biden supporters. 

I want what we had, and what we deserve. I want us to move ahead together and realize our potential as a community, a nation, a race – the human race. I’m ready to see the focus to return to the positive things that unite us. I’ve had enough of the negative attitudes that divide and turn neighbors into enemies. 

I’m troubled, but I refuse to lose faith in humanity. As I looked around the world, I’m reminded of the words Mahatma Gandhi wrote: “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” 

Here at Style, we choose to celebrate humanity. We invite you to join us. 

This month we shed light on the goodness all around us, right here in our wonderful community.  

Our highly anticipated “Extraordinary People” issue showcases the talent, tenacity and strength of local people. We hope you’ll be inspired by these amazing stories of extraordinary people among us: 

A wounded veteran who dedicates his life to helping fellow vets find meaningful careers; 

An elementary student who co-authored and illustrated a book to help families deal with COVID-19; 

One of the longest-living HIV survivors, who was diagnosed at age 3.  

These are just a few of the heartfelt, encouraging stories we’re bringing to you this month. I hope their stories restore your faith in humanity by reminding you that the power of love always triumphs over hate, and that hope is stronger than anger. 

In these troubled times, it’s easy to develop a warped view of humanity. It’s also easy to find good people and things to celebrate. Yes, I’m troubled, but I refuse to lose faith in humanity. I can’t, because the moment I do I become part of the problem. 

God put us on this earth to love others. So, let your light shine. Don’t lose sight of your calling. After all, how can we spread love if all we feel is hate?  

I hope each of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy quality time with your family and friends. Celebrate life. Celebrate humanity. 

Until next month,