Listening

Listening …

Question from a ‘tall’ child…

“The world today
The world we live today
Peace & love are far away
When hate & greed reign supreme
Equality is but a dream
Tides of justice shift and sway
There had to be another way
For all the people who have died
To the tears in a child’s eye
Let me ask you if I may
Can you live in the world today?”

– Anonymous

Are we listening?

How could this young voice know the words he spoke?
How big is the world he has seen?

Perhaps December more than any other month is filled with people using ‘the world’   in conversations over and over. Joy to the World … is offered on TV and RADIO as an alternative voice to our daily concerns. Across the globe, people are weary of their conversations about pOliTiCaL iMpaCt, cLiMaTe ChaNge, PaRtisAn DisRuPtiOn, eConOmY, tEcHnolOgY, eMplOYmEnt, poVeRtY, & search for ValUes, sTaBiliTy, HoPe.

Will our world survive to support our children and grandchildren?

A friend posted these thoughts: (bold mine)

“As the world fights to figure this all out, I’ll be holding doors for strangers, letting people cut in front of me in traffic, saying good morning, keeping babies entertained in grocery lines, stopping to talk to someone who is lonely, tipping generously, calling you by the name on your tag, waving at police, sharing food, giving children a thumbs-up, being patient with sales clerks and smiling at passersby as often as I am provided the opportunity, buying a total stranger a cup of coffee.


“Because? I will not stand idly by and live in a world where unconditional love is invisible.

 “Join me in showing love, judging less. Find your own way to swing the pendulum in the direction of love.

 “Be kind to a stranger today and every day. It just may be a friend you have never met.

 “Pay it forward for any kindness shown to you in the past.

 “Be the change!!!

“Be the light!!

 “Start TODAY! “

Unconditional love is our most powerful offering!

We are building the world our children will live in long after we are gone.  Only WE are positioned to do and be this. Our opportunities happen every day.

When our children and young people see us living out loud in this way, they will come to know that a balance still exists and is possible in our personal choices and actions. In many ways they will lead us to HOPE as we listen to them.

We ALL can do THIS together, one opportunity and one choice at a time!

M.D

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