This is a special piece for me. I wrote it to raise awareness about suicide. For any of you who have been there, please stay strong and remember that suicide is not the answer. The world is full of wonderful loving people who will drop what they’re doing to help a stranger in need. It may be hard to see that at the time but please know we are here for each other. Please reach out, talk to someone, seek help. When nothing is left, there is always hope.
No one knows what tomorrow may bring
So I sit back and wish for one thing
That someday this world will understand
The significance of a helping hand
I can’t stop it, it goes round and round
Thoughts battle it out pound for pound
The good, the bad and the worst
Sometimes I feel blessed, sometimes cursed
Most days my mind is oppressed by worry
Makes all the good around me seem blurry
Feels like a deadly hurricane in my head
A twister of self-inflicted regrets that I dread
God forbid I make a mistake
Take a chance and risk what’s at stake
What if I disappear tomorrow
Will life still be full of sorrow?
What if someone out there is just like me?
Feels cast away, forgotten, lost at sea
What if we find a way to connect?
Help each other up with love and respect
What if there are many of us
Imagine the things we could discuss
We could swap stories of pain from our sorrow
Talk about precious time life let us borrow
And help each other through to a brighter tomorrow
Know that you’re never truly alone
Even with silence over the phone
Know there is someone just like you out there
Someone who wants to love wants to care
Please don’t give up on humanity
Please don’t give up on love
Kindness is a form of insanity
Those who have it, never lose hope
Teaching our children to appreciate their uniqueness may be one of the most important lessons in life. So many good hearted children alter their behavior to “fit in” or to be accepted. It took me 30 years to realize that I am the way I am for a reason. I am a soft hearted, easy going, positivity loving modern hippy, who believes in the goodness in others despite some instances where it may not appear so. And that is exactly who I would want to be when I grow up. When I was younger I tried to fit in, tried to look cool, tried to be tougher. Wish I knew then what I know now but better now than later. Search for the true you, look deep in your soul to discover the beautiful natural you and don’t let others influence you and divert you away from your heart. And remember one thing…love is the answer to every question.
If every man was good like you
So many hearts would still be whole
The fairy tales would all come true
And love would energize our souls
Nothing would event harm a child
We would be free from suffering and pain
Our freedom could run wild
And people stop to listen to the rain
The world would be a better place
A place of kindness and embrace
Somewhere we feel we can belong
A world that’s delicate yet strong
Where love and honesty would thrive
And every compliment was true
The world would love to feel alive
If every man was good like you
Dedicated to my best friend, husband and father of my son
Every single person on this planet had a different upbringing which makes them unique and invaluable. Their different walk of life has equipped them with an arsenal of their own experiences that the rest of us can benefit from. Whether we learn from their mistakes or successes we become that much more knowledgeable. Learning from each other is a skill that can bring us enlightenment, understanding and acceptance of others. College graduates and doctors are not the only ones who can offer wisdom, not that their hard work should be overlooked. You may have a lot to learn from an economist about how the economy works but you may learn a whole lot about compassion from the night shift cleaning lady. There is just no limit on what we can learn when we open our eyes and mind to the knowledge we encounter everyday. Don’t let your ego stop you from learning from a fellow pier or someone younger than you. My son teaches me new things everyday, not with his years of experience but through his innocence, his hopefulness and an abundant amount of love and compassion.
Moral of the story: learning is not just done in school, it is everywhere around us and continues throughout our life span. Be open to it and embrace it.
Because we are not created equal. Some are stronger than others. Some are richer than others. Some can bear children while others cannot. Some have connections that allow them to get away with murder, while others spend years behind bars for victimless crimes. Some are fortunate to be born to a life full of abundance and opportunities while others struggle to see another day. While the list of our inequalities can go on and on, it is important to note that just because we are not equal; it does not mean we cannot get along. Just because we are different; it does not mean we cannot be one. Just because we are separated by circumstances, it does not mean we cannot connect.
Let us consider the human body as an example. The human body is functional due to a complex collaboration of various organs. Each organ is different in size, texture, shape and color, each one of them functions differently in order to serve its own purpose. Are they equal? No. Some play a huge role in the body’s survival while others play a smaller supportive role, yet non-the less, the supporting organs are a vital part of a functioning body. While the organs are different in their own right; the body cannot survive without each and every one.
Much like the human body, each one of us has its own purpose in the world and like the organs we can help support one another. The strong can lift the weak, the rich can help the poor, and the wise can teach the inquisitive. However, for this to effectively work it must come from the heart. We cannot enforce this behavior with laws; we cannot guarantee it by force. This will only lead to resentment and animosity. Good actions are always voluntary, they are never coerced and since every child is born with a good heart, every one of them has the potential to never learn hate.
So instead of striving to be equal, let’s strive to respect one another. Let’s build a foundation of understanding of our own unique strengths and learn to love and respect one another for what we are as well as for what we are not. I may not believe in equality but I wholeheartedly believe in the power of unity and humanity.
Love, Peace and Unity