“Hate harms the soul.”
Such a powerful message, isn’t it?
(If you want to know where this photo was taken, check out the end of this post.)
We’re living in a time of divisiveness, unrest, and turmoil. Recent events have left many of us stunned, heartbroken and angry. Things can seem hopeless. But there are so many ways right now, today, that you can be an instrument for change.
“The future depends on what you do today.” Mahatma Gandhi
We need more community and less exclusion. This Independence Day is an excellent time to remember that our nation has always been one of immigrants. One of our greatest symbols in America is the Statue of Liberty, with its promise of hope to the downtrodden and outcasts of the world. Have we forgotten its message, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…”?
At Kari Gran, we’ve grown our company as a small but diverse group: A few women who emigrated from Ethiopia, a dear friend who came from Mexico years ago, a couple of proud members of the LGBT community. Our funny, dependable electrician escaped persecution in Romania 30 years ago. Anytime our space needs a facelift we call our favorite construction crew, many of whom came from Mexico as well. Not to mention our favorite delis are owned and run by a Korean family and a Chinese family.
“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides.” - Elie Wiesel
Take action. March for a cause you support. Tell your senator or congressman where you stand on issues. Donate to a cause you believe in, or volunteer your time. Get involved.
“In a gentle way you can shake the world.” - The Buddha
Volunteer to help those who are suffering or are in need. For us that includes working with at-risk teens, the homeless and mentally ill, the addiction recovery movement, and anti-gun violence measures.
Every connection you make from love and compassion is a spark of light to pierce the darkness. Connection is what will help us get through the rough times. We believe we all need kindness now especially.
Be kind. Be Courageous. Be Hopeful. We’ll get through this.
Photo: This sign hangs outside the Berliner dom Cathedral, the largest Protestant church in Berlin. Lisa snapped this on her recent trip, where she crossed another city off her lifelong quest to see the ageless Rolling Stones in as many cities as she can.