We all want the best for our children. And it begins with the basic necessities - a warm bed, a belly full of food, educational opportunities and a community of people to help them thrive. We desire a peaceful world in which they can grow to become successful and happy. I imagine that all parents and all parents to be feel this way. Our hope for our children's future is what inspires us everyday.
But we have differing opinions on how to get to this ideal world- and no more was that apparent than in this divisive presidential election. And then the outcome. A surprising and hard pill for many of us to swallow. What we thought could never be, is today a reality. So what to do?
My only answer: Pure, Full and Radical Love. Love our children. Love ourselves. Love our communities.
Our little baby girl is due in March. I still have 4-5 months to keep her safe and protected inside of me. In the next 4-5 months I am going to do all I can to pour love, warmth, strength and optimism into this little body and soul growing inside of me. I am blessed to have this time with her and will take this as my most serious role in life.
For those of you whose little ones are already a part of this world, out wandering the playgrounds and schools- the world isn't a perfect place. The world, as we know it today includes fear, hate, war- and you know this already. And unfortunately your kids know this already too. My hope for you and your families is that you can continue to begin with peace and love at home. Teach your little ones to love themselves and love others. Model for them how to use their words and to stand up against injustice. I'm not an expert by any means, but I'm gathering resources. Here is a really great article my friend shared with me this morning. Here and here you'll find lists of books on social justice.
Over the next 4-5 months our family will be planning for the arrival of our little girl, and we intend to bring her into a good world. The peace we want for the world must begin at home. We will meditate, practice yoga and have discussions about kindness and love before and after she arrives. And we will serve others and our community- we will do this as a family with full hearts and hope for humanity. As a family we will do all we can, and I have deep faith that many other families will be doing the same. We are, forever, a human family. We must remember that we belong to one another.
What can you do to promote world peace?