Aurora, New Zealand, a Dutch train, in our streets, in our schools, and in our courts. Violence. Hate. Injustice.
It’s not been easy these days reading the news. We’re feeling angry, helpless, anxious, drained.
Yet – we don’t have to be any of these. We can defy what IS by creating caring communities wherever we stand, work, play, worship. One step…one day at a time.
As we expect our leaders to exercise their moral conscience for the good of all, so must we demand the same of ourselves. Leadership doesn’t come with titles. It is found in the spirit of service – at all levels of our communities. Communities awake to the full possibility of our own humanity.
How we choose to act on and express our true selves is where we find our genuine identity. Our “self” cannot be found behind a public persona that is dependent upon external acceptance and approval. So…
When are we ready to bring our best selves – our uncensored selves – on behalf of humanity?
What is our duty?
How do we choose to serve?
In the end, what story of “self” do we wish to tell?
What story of community must we tell?
When we are gone, how will we want to be remembered?
Where and when do we stand for kindness?
Our compassion is our signature. Our actions are our proof.
Leo Rosten, a Chicagoan, humorist, screenwriter and political scientist, once wrote, “Courage is the capacity to confront what can be imagined.”
When do we bring our collective wisdom and courage to fight for what…for now…may only be imagined? When do we muster the courage to fight for what we know CAN BE? Where and when do we stand for kindness and justice?
Answer: WHEN WE BELIEVE – THROUGHOUT OUR BEING - WE ARE ALL BETTER THAN WHAT IS BEFORE US TODAY.