“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead. Well, I’m not sure that it is the only thing, but I believe the first statement.
We all have our burning issues or passions that we feel are the most important at any given moment in time. For me it could be staying alive (that’s going pretty well!) or Lung Cancer Awareness month and raising fund for ROS1 research. Always I think about family, children, education, nature.
But right now, I can’t think about any of those things. In case you haven’t noticed, our country is in crisis. No material gains or political beliefs can be worth what we’ve allowed to happen. We cannot let hatred, fear, and greed take over. We each elect officials for varied reasons, but I cannot believe that as a country this is what we want. Hate, fear, divisiveness, violence being spread, promoted, led by the President of the United States of America. The most respected leadership position in our country. No concern for the people or the land, here or anywhere. (I’ve plenty of evidence to support this statement, but I won’t do that to you.)
Where is the courage? Where are those leading with courage and strength, hope, compassion, truth, and yes, even love? Much like the “helpers” Mr. Rogers spoke about, they are here – look for them. Courage IS here. Those words from Fred Rogers about helpers, used so often, are advice for children, words to help children find hope in inexplicable, horrific situations. We, though, are the adults. We must be the helpers, be the models for the children of the world, our children – in Yemen, in cages in U.S. border states, in our neighbor playgrounds – our children. No matter why we may have made the choices as individuals and as a nation that have brought us to this place, we can now effect positive change. Each, in our daily lives, can do so in our treatment of others, and by living the life we want to model for our children. Teaching, nurturing, and living a life of courage, hope, compassion, truthfulness. Faith, joy, love.
We may not all consider ourselves leaders or activists, but we can all vote. (Even that right is being made difficult for many citizens, here in our United States of America.) Voting is not only our right (thanks to the courage and determination of many, see the 15th and 19th amendments), voting is our responsibility. Please vote.
Our children, the children of our neighborhood, our country, our world, are looking for helpers. Love thy neighbor – we’re all neighbors. And, always have hope.
On a personal note – we are settled, goats and dachshunds too, in our winter home. (Yes, I understand how lucky I am to be able to say that.) Next week I once again go to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for a full day of tests and appointments. Finding joy in the everyday every day.