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Thursday, June 02, 2011

I wish for our world to be more like my experience at the Wilson Family Y.   For many years now I have been working out very early in the morning at our Y.

Here is my observation. At our Y there are people from all different demographics of
age, race, and national origin.   Some are blessed with earthly riches, others are on scholarship to afford to be there.  There are elected officials, stay-at-home parents, business owners, teachers, preachers, firemen, pharmacists and doctors.

But it is not the diversity of demographics that impresses me about this group.  It is their spirit. People speak to each other. If you come a few times regular attendees will introduce themselves to you.  The front desk staff greets each person, not with a mandated corporate greeting, but personally as an individual.  Casual acquaintances become close friends who pray for you when you need it.

The Y is not utopia. There are disagreements and hurt feelings. But in my experience   disputes are quickly resolved and forgiveness freely given. Only the best of intentions are assumed.

All too often our society is about dividing people into groups and then telling those
groups why they should not get along with each other or work together   My friends at the Y only have one thing in common--a desire to live a healthy life.     With nothing more than this and the resolve to get up and do it while other are still snug in their beds, they have formed a community that proves the pundits wrong and flies in the face of the naysayers and dividers.

So my prayer for this holiday season is that our world, and specifically our
community, be more like the Y.



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