I offer a challenge to us all in these trying times: Do not turn inward with your fear, become more jaded and further deny human connections. I challenge us to create positive change every day in our lives, interactions, communities. If not us, who? If not now, when?
It’s true, one person cannot solve the world’s problems, but if we each just try to do our part in this web of humanity, every day, we can collectively lead society toward greatness. Lead by example, embody the change we wish to see.
Spiritual leaders, community leaders, political leaders, business leaders, teachers, parents, spouses, friends, neighbors: Guide those in our lives by showing what acceptance and compassion look like — even, and especially, toward those with differing opinions or who are suffering from hate.
We are all humans, with the same basic needs and desires. We all have joy and grief, and challenges that shape us. And we will not all agree, ever. But we can agree to love.
Let us remind those we know and meet, and especially those we lead, if we are so fortunate to be leaders, that the strongest actions are based in love.
Put down your phone, turn off your TV. Step out of your “usual.” Go outside and connect. Connect with neighbors, with people in line around you, loved ones, strangers. Find the connection that exists between every being, and is so often ignored.
Now is the time, and we are the ones we have been waiting for.
Erin M. Moore