I read the news every morning, and even when I try to avoid what’s taking place in the world my social media feeds are overtaken by shared news articles. It’s unavoidable to hide from what’s going on in this world, and the only reason I would want to avoid the truth is because I feel helpless.
Last week, I was watching a special on television about refugees in Syria. My heart broke, my eyes welled up with tears, and I could feel the blindness leaving my body – because I instantly became aware. The camera crew zoomed in on a small child, his body was in the fetal position, he was laying down inches away from the incoming tide, he washed up on the shore, and he was lifeless.
My heart broke. I wanted to close my eyes. I wanted to pretend this wasn’t happening in the world.
One of my children is just about his size, I thought.
His future now exists beyond this earth. Here I am, watching my son dance around my living room in costumes, and pretending to have super powers with a huge smile on his face.
Where is this little boy’s mother and father? Are they ok? They tried to escape a war torn country to freedom, the very same freedoms we take for granted day to day. In doing so, they lost a child.
The truth is, I live in New York, and I feel helpless for these refugees. This is only one country, and this is only one boy. War torn countries exist outside of Syria, too.
Which brings me to a solution that may not help directly, but will transcend to all over the world shifting hate towards peace. By doing this, all the pain that results from hate will in time diminish.
One act of peace can impact the world.
Which brings me to the question: how do we become moving force of peace?
It’s simple, we embrace a peaceful heart and allow peace to radiate so it reaches the world in an impactful way.
Think simple shifts.
When someone angers you, release.
When someone is in pain, love.
When someone hurts you, forgive.
When someone needs, help.
When someone rages war, offer peace.
I may not be able to run on the beach towards that innocent boy, pick him up, wrap him in a warm blanket, and take him home to save him. But- I can commit to small acts of peace in his honor, and these small acts will shift this world from hate to peace -one place at a time.
About the Author:
Michelle Wisdom is a soul centered writer by night, and by day a mother of three and a happily married wife. Michelle empowers entrepreneurs to find their voice, live their purpose, and create big impacts in the world.
Connect with Michelle by visiting her website www.michellewisdom.com.