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We Are All We Have

We’re born with our eyes closed, and we leave with them closed. In-between, for however long we’re on this planet, our eyes are open.

And yet, sometimes, it feels like they’ve stayed closed since our first breath in the open air.

We see colour, but we see it as something that makes people different and not in a good way.

We see love, but it’s the wrong kind of love if it’s between people not of a different sex.

We see beliefs, but we rip them down and start wars to force our own beliefs on others.

We see so many things that are beautiful, but we taint them with our own twisted vision of what’s beautiful.

But we are all we have.

If only we opened our eyes, we would see we are all the same.

We live; we love; we laugh; we cry. We experience the same joy when a new child is born. We experience the same pain when our loved ones die. At our very core, we are all the same.

We are all we have. More than that, though, we are all we need.

It’s time to open our eyes to that.

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By Danny Brown

Husband. Father. Optimist. Pragmatist. Purveyor of not settling for the status quo. Aspiring to be many things. Never says no to a good single malt.

Comments (10)
  1. mark longbottom August 31, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Spot on as ever and, after just speaking with my daughter whose pregnancy is coming close to ending and a new life about to start, all I can say is you repeated so much of what my dad told me, regardless of what the bullies [insert the people/businesses you know] do or say. Stick to the fact – we ARE all the same.

    There’s a neon sign/quote i have shared a lot lately which has a line to add to this.

    We are all we have. All we have is NOW

    Good to make the most of the moment, not the past or the future as they disappear or never appear. But the moment we are in is always with us.

    Wonderful stuff as ever Danny

    • Danny Brown August 31, 2015 at 10:40 am

      Hey there mate,

      First – that’s awesome news, congratulations (to be)! Is this your first grandchild, or are you a seasoned pro at this stuff now? Here’s to your daughter and the new arrival’s health and years ahead!

      That’s a great quote to add – I’m very tempted to get that emblazoned on a tee shirt and wear proudly around Canada. Who knows, might take off. 😉

      • Mark Longbottom August 31, 2015 at 11:20 am

        It’s the first, although our son 21 has mentioned having 4 or 5 children not sure when though lol…..

        I love the quote, give me a few hours it’s a bank holiday here not Scotloand but in England and I’ll get the quote available for anything from t shirt to duvet cover on RedBubble for you 😉

        • Danny Brown August 31, 2015 at 11:25 am

          Good grief – your son sounds like my wife! Meanwhile, I’m hiding in the cupboard… 😉

          I miss Bank Holidays. There’s something uniquely British about them, from complaining about the weather to the TV specials and the sports calendar.
          We have long weekends pretty regularly in Canada, but nothing really like a good old British Bank Holiday – enjoy!

  2. Judy Lee Dunn August 31, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    Why are the simplest things so hard for us to grasp? It seems that the conditioning starts early, with our young people. I am writing a post this week about emotional intelligence, about how important it is for us to feel, to recognize other people’s feelings, to show empathy—things that seem to be in short supply these days.

    We do think and feel in profoundly similar ways, yet we let the little things divide us. Sometimes I wish everyone could go back, just for one day, and see the world through the eyes of a six-year-old. Thanks for this special post, Danny.

    • Danny Brown September 1, 2015 at 8:33 am

      Hey there miss,

      It’s so true – I learn so much just from the interactions (and reactions) my three and five year old kids have around people.

      No colours, no disabilities, no religion – just people to talk to and maybe be friends with. Simple.

      Ah, for that time indeed… Looking forward to reading your post.

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