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There are many things we as human beings can do for one another that will always be the right things to do. For example, we can love, support and care for one another.

When I was a kid growing up, I recall a familiar phrase that said if you did not have anything positive to say then you should probably say nothing at all. I have tried to live my life that way and have always found myself to be a glass half-full person instead of a glass half-empty person and it works for me.

That’s not to say if you see things differently that you are wrong or incorrect in any way. I just choose to see the positives in life rather than the negatives. In other words, I choose to take the high road and lift others up and don’t personally feel that bringing others down for any reason is ever the right thing to do. In other words, I choose peace.

None of us are perfect and life is tough enough without us as humans making it any harder than it has to be on one another. Love and kindness are mighty things and is something we all need, desire and deserve. As human beings we are all capable of doing good, bad, right and wrong and we all should know the difference.

Therefore, I encourage and ask everyone to support, love and forgive one another as human beings every chance we get. Just like taking the high road and supporting my fellow human beings, I also choose to forgive and offer a helping hand when needed.

Forgiveness and saying “I’m sorry” are also mighty things and something we all struggle with. We not only struggle with forgiving others, but we also struggle with forgiving ourselves. When we forgive others and ourselves, we are all much better prepared and willing to give love and support.

The same goes for saying we are sorry. It’s hard to admit when we are wrong, but saying those two simple words can rebuild bridges, families and friendships long since torn.

Please love, support and forgive your fellow human beings and yourself for they carry way more power than most of us truly realize. The words in a very famous song say “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word”. Sorry does not need to be the hardest word, nor does love and forgiveness.

Love and forgiveness are also just words, but actions can change the world. So, say you are sorry when you are wrong, forgive always and love everyone daily and your heart and spirit and the hearts and spirits of others will be better as a result. 

I’m sorry, I forgive you, please forgive me and I love you are not hard words and don’t have to be hard actions.

Love plus peace equals harmony.

Kenny Martin is the City Manager/Economic Development for the City of Mt. Juliet.

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