Peace cannot be kept by force: it can only be achieved by understanding.”-Albert Einstein
2020 is hard. On all of us. Emotionally. Relationally. Financially. Academically. Quite honestly, I think our collective trauma will generate new solutions, build new/stronger relationships, and design better systems.
Unfortunately we have conflict before the calm, revolt before resolution and tension before teamwork. We are charged with cultivating solutions to old and new world problems. It will bring discomfort, new perspectives and practice, yet it’s imperative. With how things have been progressing- I’m worried it may generate a civil war because we’ve become so divisive.
We are truly amongst a pivot in history. Future students will study the patterns, politics and events happening around us right now. I believe we are amongst a revolution for humanity as well as a radical shift in our democracy. Systems are being examined, analyzed and redesigned. Because of this, we need to commit to having civil conversations, calm curiosity, and acute awareness to what is unfolding around us.
As previously stated, 2020 has been hard. Yet it’s also be enriching. I have learned so many new things since March 2020. The expertise I’ve gained during this time has widened my perspective. I see the world around me completely different in just over six months. For this reason, I’m grateful for a little slow down and check in. It’s enriched my conversations as well as my convictions.
Let’s grow together and embrace the opportunity in being a part of historical change. We must unify instead of divide. We are HUMAN BEINGS with the same basic needs. Let’s reshape broken systems and advocate for appropriate redesign.
By doing this together we can make revolutionary change and build stronger foundations for our nation and world. We must commit to courageously seek unity and have faith in what our future holds. Seeking common ground can only empower our possibility and potential of our future (wealth, health and happiness).
“None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.”– Mother Teresa