In this issue of KWIR Magazine
Well, we have survived 2018, almost. This year has been a wild ride by any measure and it doesn’t look like 2019 will be any less crazy, so I am not going to use this space to remind us of what we all know too well about last year or what’s coming next year for that matter. It will be here soon enough. Rather, I choose to take stock, as I do each year at this time for the many blessings in my life. I am alive and reasonably healthy, I have a roof over my head, food in the cabinets and friends and family in my life, I have it pretty good.
There are many of us that do not share in the same blessings and it is my commitment to do more where and whenever I can to help those less fortunate. To be kinder in my words, empathetic regarding the plight of others, to be civil in my debates with those that I disagree with and to generally try to be a better human being which is much easier said than done.
It is my sincere hope that all of us CHOOSE to be civil in a time of incivility, to be intellectually curious for the TRUTH in the things that we are passionate about and kinder in the way we treat each other. As I reflect on how I did last year I cannot escape the fact that I failed spectacularly more often that I care to admit, but succeeded enough to give me hope that I am getting better.
In LGBT Media it is often contentious and always exciting and it can sometimes be easy to allow myself to become jaded by the rigid ideologies of people on the forefront of change. I am going to challenge myself in 2019 to listen more, search for the truth, and be more civil in my discourse about the issues that I am passionate about.
This time of year people seem to be nicer, more considerate, less petty and more forgiving and I like that about us. As human beings we have the capacity for all of the things that make us worth being alive. Even in our disagreements I never truly believe that people are evil, misinformed, yes, ignorant, likely but evil, never. As I have gotten older I have realized that not everything is Black or White. There are many shades of grey and it doesn’t necessarily have to be polarizing.
As I begin the new year I am looking forward to helping KWIR stand out by choosing to focus on the better aspects of our community, by educating our readers with features that challenge conventional thinking by presenting varied opinions and fact based featured articles.
2019 will have its challenges to be sure, but it will also be an exciting time to stand up and make our community voice heard and we at KWIR will continue to work hard to offer YOU our readers, unique content that is thought provoking and insightful.