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February is a month about love, kindness, and thoughtfulness.
Its a time of making connections, and reaching out to someone.
Yup, love is normally on my mind in February, however this year I seem to notice that most of the news is scary, and coming from many directions. With all that is going on in the States and around the world, it can be quite overwhelming and unthinkable. My daughter has been angry, “Look at what is happening to the environment – will the world even be liveable when I grow up?”
And then I got an email from my mother. She sent me a memoir that shared how the generation that were born in the 30’ and 40’s are the last ones who experienced the Great Depression, World War II, the Vietnam War, etc. It made me wonder about who wrote this memoir – how come the civil rights and women’s movement weren’t included. My daughter and I both told my mother our thoughts.
Then my mother sent me another email. She sent me stories of how children were still being born, people found love, families celebrated special occasions, and neighbours and communities got together for shared meals and events. Life still goes on. Do you remember the bombing of the Boston Marathon in the States?
My mother said to me – that was a horrible thing to happen. Now keep your eyes out for all the people helping, all the people who care, all the people who are making a difference. There are more of them.
And it is true.
There are more people doing good things in the world. There is more love in this world. There are so many people who are creating solutions to significant problems, helping and standing up for humanity and the environment, and being the change they want to see in the world.
When you spend your time noticing that, there is the blessing.
February is a month of love. Let’s make each month, each year, and each moment we have a time of love and peace.
Our kids deserve it, we deserve it.
Author: Kristi Shaw