I have been thinking a lot lately about love and the importance of community. History and current events have demonstrated that human nature can be horrendous and cruel. So much hatred results from the inability to see ourselves in those who are somehow perceived as different. And sometimes we hate because we actually see the pieces of ourselves that we despise reflected back in another.

But much greater than our capacity for hate and violence, is our capacity for deep love and sacrifice. We have the capacity of reflection and the capacity to imagine. Imagination is one of the greatest gifts of the human mind. With imagination, we can empathize and relate to others. We can listen with open hearts and use our imagination to try to understand another person’s perspective and feelings. We can also use our imagination to discover incredible ideas and solutions.

There is no better time to lay down our stones and open our hearts. There are humans in this world, and in our nation, whose basic needs are not being met (e.g. food, shelter, etc.). There are people in this world/nation who are being denied basic human rights because they worship differently, look differently, have different abilities, etc.

To quote Michael Jackson, I am starting with the (wo)man in the mirror. It’s time to make a change.

I am starting small: looking for nonprofits in my community to volunteer and support financially. I am taking a hard look at my heart and biases. I am taking a hard look at my personal fears. If I do nothing, if I stay silent, then I am a part of the problem.

There is no better time than now to be solution-focused. Find a need in your community and help be a part of the solution. If every person on this planet worked on one issue in their community, this world would be on the fast track to peace and healing.

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