"The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it. "
This quote has been attributed to the Dalai Lama, but it was David W. Orr who wrote it on his book, "Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World".
This pandemic teaches us that we can survive with the basics.
Companies of luxury brands are losing money.
Instead of celebrities being worshipped, the attention is shifted to the once unsung frontliners.
There is a halt of man-made activities. As a result, the environment begins to heal itself. It's our turn to feel the inconvenience while nature replenishes itself.
This pandemic strips us off with excesses. We learn to give, not out of our surpluses but from our sustenance.
The masks we wear make us faceless. The showcase of who's more "beautiful" is deemed unimportant. What's necessary is we survive another day.
The lockdown and physical distancing can make us feel isolated; thus, mental health issues are on the rise.
This is a season where the world needs caring safe spaces more than ever. There are many who are mourning, depressed, and silenced. Encouragement becomes a basic need.
Today, the world needs more peacemakers. There are ongoing conflicts that are yet to be resolved, from our homes to the nations.
The world needs more healers. All of us have our share of wounded experiences. We heal as we tell our stories to nonjudgmental spaces.
The world needs more restorers. We need resilience for comebacks after a series of setbacks.
The world needs more storytellers. We need authentic stories that inspire from survivors, overcomers, and trailblazers.
The world needs more lovers of every kind. In a world filled with insecurity, hate, and apathy, we need the transformative power of love.
In short, the world needs you, Encouragers:
- the peacemakers who hold a safe space;
- the healers who show empathy;
- the restorers who speak empowering words;
- the storytellers who share their vulnerability to connect; and
- the lovers who reach out to say, " I see you. I hear you. You matter. You are enough.".
Dear Encouragers, you may not be the richest, the smartest, the prettiest, the most famous or the most successful according to the standards of society, but you are the MOST NEEDED FORCE in this world today.
Let us continue to create healing and caring spaces by showing love, empathy, and compassion. Together, let us once again make this world habitable and humane!
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