Root to Rise

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Here in the Unites States on this day of reflection, I am reminded of opportunity.  Whenever a nation, city, family or individual is confronted by sheer devastation, be it a massive terrorist attack, an overwhelming storm or an acute crisis, there’s shock, grief and then some still space and then action.  That little bit of space can be and often is the hinge on which everything afterward swings.  When reduced to our very lowest, completely vulnerable and no longer blanketed by safety and security what do we choose?  So many of us choose compassion.  So many of us choose to be patient with ourselves and our circumstances.  So many of us choose to help and rescue and offer aid.  It’s our nature and that’s what we do here.  As individuals in nations and citizens of the world, if we can continue to root ourselves in solidarity and compassion we can rise from any ashes, overcome any struggle and build resilience no matter the circumstance.  Here’s to hoping that when that small space of stillness opens up, we take note and choose to ground ourselves in goodness.

Mean what you say

Compassion is the universal language of humanity.   No matter what words you speak, acts of kindness and empathy resonate soul-deep.  The more we each speak this language of compassion in thought, word and action, the more we’ll understand each other.  The more we understand each other the more we can imbue our lives with peace.

Take Action: Today find a way to speak the language of compassion by reaching out to another person (family member, friend or stranger) and asking “What can I do to support you today?”  And then if you’re able, do that thing.