I’m sure there are going to be a zillion posts about Nelson Mandela today. There should be. He was an inspiration and a figure of change and peace and love. His death is most certainly felt amongst a great number of people in the world, but his message still rings true and rings loud:
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
And so it really falls on us. On those of us who are parents.
Remember when I once talked about how there is nothing scarier than a pack of Mommies with a cause and a conviction? It’s because not only are we passionate about protecting our children, but we are passionate about them growing up to be important. And growing up to be good. And kind. And smart. And all of things that can cause human beings to treat one another better.
Remember what Ghandi said? “Be the change you wish to see in the world”
As usual Destroyer puts everything in perspective for me. When she wants me to do something, she says,”Mommy be. Mommy BE that.”
And the other day I realized something. Everything she learns, she learns from me. From Daddy. From Grandma. From all the significant teachers in her life. She doesn’t separate our actions from our intentions or personalities or our hearts. She sees what we do, and assumes that’s what we are.
Once again, actions speak much louder than words, no matter how wise they are.
So, powerful mommies of the world. Listen to these wise men, and my wise child. Use your power to teach your children to love by being full of love in all your actions.
“Mommy be that.”
I’ll try, baby. I’ll try.