Wars are raging.
Hate crimes are on the rise, including Antisemitism, Islamophobia, and acts impacting people of color, immigrants, the LGBTQ+ Community, and essentially anyone who is not a WASPy straight, male (like me).
If we ever needed more Peace on Earth, it is now.
But what can just one person do about it?
Christians are preparing to celebrate Christmas, Jews have just finished celebrating Hanukkah, many will soon be celebrating Kwanzaa, and all of us will be ringing in the new year. At this holiday season, I am going to reflect on that question . . .
What can one person do about it?
What can I do?
To begin with, I’m going to focus on treating everyone I encounter with a little more Loving Kindness. We have no idea what other people are going through. A little extra caring in our interactions is probably a good place to start – a little kinder, a little less judgmental, more forgiving, and giving people the benefit of the doubt.
When we do this, we are helping to build what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. liked to call, the Beloved Community where kindness, compassion, and love for all motivates our actions.
If we can all take steps in that direction, then maybe we can create a new trend. And then keep it going even after the holidays.
May we have Peace on Earth . . . and Goodwill to All People.