Community + care = shock

A man holds the door open and we’re pleasantly surprised. A young woman offers her seat to someone older and were perplexed. A toddler, not yet waist high, wants to help … I’m shocked.

In a community that’s become increasingly closed, these acts of kindness have become so rare, they’re labelled ‘random’.

Random: odd, unusual, or unexpected

Let that sit in for a second. Those kind words, offer of support or gesture of generosity was so odd. When’s the last time you wanted to get up and do something that was odd?

Before you answer, I want to come back to the man holding the door. I’ve been that man and seen that man, I’ve also been turned down being that man. I want to make it clear – holding the door doesn’t insinuate either party is better, bigger, stronger or worthwhile in any way. It shows you care.

In this tiny moment, you no longer have to exert yourself to hold that door. Stride on, smile and enjoy your day!

To the woman giving up her seat: well played sister. Don’t sit around waiting for someone else to show love when we’ve each been gifted with the same ability to love one another.

And to the people who want to cast judgement on the males of similar age who happen to be sitting around this young woman: stop wasting your time. Put your feelings into action (like a blog for example).

Finally to that waist high, three-and-a-half year old community warrior: I’m sorry.

I’m sorry I reacted the way I did wen you wanted nothing more than to hit the street and pick up rubbish, I’m sorry I responded with naawww when you prayed for people who don’t have homes and I’m sorry I cannot turn back the clock and do it again.

Recent research from IPSOS confirms that we are getting older and that we’re worried about ourselves and our own. It also indicates the next generation cares!

Whether because they haven’t been burnt by the world or they’re desperately want glorification through community impact, let’s celebrate their desire and be inspired.

Next time the door is held open, a seat is offered or, in my case, your child wants to do voluntary work, say thanks and be inspired.

If it takes a village to raise a child what will it take to save the world?

Capable of love yet we choose hate

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

It was 23rd of August 1963 that Martin Luther King Jnr shared “his dream”… yet 49 years on, his dream is not reality. 

What doesn’t make sense to me is that one human being considers themself more “worthy” or “valued” than another. I do not understand how these people think it’s ok, let alone RIGHT. Such blatant discrimination breaks my heart.

Physical beauty will always be skin deep but true value lies within. The human heart is capable of such great love so why do we choose to hate?

A quick example of what we humans are capable of:

The Trayvon Martin debate continues (afro american teenager killed debatabely for being black/looking questionable) and only a few hours ago the Brisbane Times run a story on Mark Watts. Mr Watts, CEO and founder of Whitelion is capable of being a leader in the business world but dedicated his working life to helping young Australian teenagers in need.

On one hand senseless brutality on the other a man dedicated to care.

Through the 50’s and 60’s racism was thriving.  There were separate entrances, bathrooms and restaurants. The white avoided touch in fear of disease and the black took this as acceptable, I believe because they knew no different. These days we live together in what some describe as harmony but it is far from harmonious.

The 2011, London riots and the 2005, Cronulla riots. The first triggered by a police shooting but both truely caused by racial relations.

I will never pretend that beating racism is easy. It’ll be hard but the answer is clear…LOVE!

Love conquers all, love doesn’t judge, love doesn’t discriminate, love goes hand in hand with justice and love is the opposite of hate.

So, you think it’s easy. Love more, hate less, everyone’s happy… If this is true for you, I’ve succeeded.

Act in love and when you see hate, love more

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