I’ll Be The Bridge If You Cross Over To The Other Side

Perhaps Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On?” would make a better Morning Groove today. Because even after 45 years, we are still asking the question.

Yesterday was a sad day for all of us. And yet, some of us want to argue: about Islam, about LGBTQ, about gun control. One tone-deaf “politician” wants to take credit that he was right about what happened in Orlando. A tragedy occurs, and he wants to say “I told you so?” Someone tell him to get his head out of a particular orifice.

Lives have been lost. Another mass shooting that didn’t have to take place, but did. Because hearts and minds wrapped around hate are still strong, and tough to take down.

We all have to be better than this. A lot of us are tired of these killings. Killings, period. I wish we didn’t have to say the rote condolences that we all say after events like this. But day after day, week after week, it’s another tragedy and nothing changes.

I’m tired of writing and saying that there is more that unites us than divides us. After every bad event, I’m beginning to believe it less and less. But I cling to the hope that someday, most of us will get it. I’m afraid that day isn’t going to come; certainly not in my lifetime.

But I hold fast to it. Clutch it to my chest. Because peace and love have to be stronger than hate and war. More bridges need to be built to help us all get to the other side…away from the enmity, bigotry and senseless tragedies that keep happening. Less walls dividing us, keeping the hate and fear in place.

The title lyric comes from “Peace And Love,” by Tommy Sims. I also included “We Are One,” by Frankie Beverly & Maze, because it reminds us that we have to stop treating each other the way we do.

I wrote this the other day, but I think it fits here also.

The words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. still resonate with me today. I do hope they resonate with all of you.

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Those are the grooves for today. Thanks for reading and listening, and hopefully we all take to heart the message that we all are (or should be) one. One Love.

 

 

18 Replies to “I’ll Be The Bridge If You Cross Over To The Other Side”

  1. I totally agree, T Wayne. Society does a bang-up job of making us feel threatened, afraid, and hateful. I remind myself every day: it’s not all about me, live and let live, err on the side of love. Hope and prayer can work miracles, so never give up. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Joan. In times like these, we have to cling to hope and prayer. Hope is getting harder to hold on to, but hope with prayer can change things. Hopefully those two things can spur us to make changes.

      I choose to hope for the best, but it doesn’t get any easier.

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    1. Thanks Ron. I felt these were the songs that were needed today. I usually also add Stevie’s “Love’s In Need Of Love Today” also, but I purposely left that one out. I figured these two would do the trick.

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  2. Reblogged this on and commented:
    My good friend T. Wayne shares his thoughts on Orlando and the crisis of our national (international) love deficit. His words are soft and sad, hesitantly hopeful, a poignant antidote to anger and hate. Dalai Lama XIV tells us that “the true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred.” In the spirit of that sentiment, please check out this post and reflect with me on our collective responsibility to restore love to the world.

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  3. Thank You for always enlightening and inspiring me! After reading your post my mind went all the way back to 1985’s “We Are the World”. I always felt that this song covered a variety social concerns! Following is the beginning of the song:

    There comes a time when we heed a certain call
    When the world must come together as one
    There are people dying
    And it’s time to lend a hand to life
    The greatest gift of all

    We can’t go on pretending day by day
    That someone, somewhere will soon make a change
    We all are a part of God’s great big family
    And the truth, you know,
    Love is all we need

    Again, Thank You Big Bro!!

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  4. All this hate in our world when it is so much easier to share the love…
    I agree 100% with all you said and the songs and all just put together so perfect..
    thank you my dear friend for this..
    Hugggggs n love to you….Keep the faith.. ; )
    SuzyQ

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