The Greatest Good
I visited New York City this past weekend to spend time with Cheryl Richardson and Reid Tracy with Hay House, in preparation for getting my upcoming life coaching book published. It was really great information and a fun trip. Just a few weeks past Hurricane Sandy, and the resiliency of New Yorkers once again amazes me. They are bruised and recovering, and many people with whom I spoke were more concerned with others who experienced a greater loss, than they were for themselves. They were grateful.
While I was there, I was thinking about the rich cultural tapestry that has arisen as a result of the immigrant roots there. It's fascinating to think that people from all over the world have come to our great country since the original 102 English Colonists set sail on the Mayflower, seeking freedom and hope for a better life. The descendents of these people have built families, homes, and businesses that have stood the test of time. It's a rich history, indeed. Who doesn't get chills when laying eyes upon our magnificent Statue of Liberty, gifted to us by the people of France in 1886 - the very symbol of freedom.
We've come a very long way since the 1600's. And yet...
I was browsing Facebook yesterday, and was stopped in my tracks by the above image. You see, we are never really free until our brothers and sisters are also free. I have friends that believe there will always be war. That in order to protect our freedom, and for others to gain theirs, there must be fighting.
Is this true? As our collective consciousness elevates, we can lean into the knowledge that in spite of differences in faith, socioeconomic status, political affiliations, and culture - we are connected as one. Is it possible that we can acknowledge and even embrace our differences? I have been accused of pollyanna thinking at times. And still... I believe we as humans are capable of creating more love and less hate. We were built to rise above the suffering, elevating to a world where love prevails. We're not there yet, as is obvious by what's happening in other parts of the world. We can get there.
It starts with me. And you. As brothers and sisters, we can send love and prayers for the greatest good of all concerned to those suffering in the world.