Tag Archives: Love

Charter for Compassion

13 Nov

Join the world at http://www.charterforcompassion.org to write the Charter for Compassion. The Charter brings together the voices of people from all religions. It seeks to remind the world that while all faiths are not the same, they all share the core principle of compassion and the Golden Rule. The Charter will change the tenor of the conversation around religion. It will be a clarion call to the world.

Poverty's Answer : LOVE

15 Oct

For one minute I want you to stop and think about the word poverty.  What comes to your mind as you say the word out loud?  What comes to mind as you close your eyes and think about poverty?

Today, October 15th, bloggers everywhere will publish posts that discuss poverty in some way, www.blogactionday.org.  By all posting on the same day,we aim to change the conversation today–to raise awareness, to start a global discussion and to add momentum to an important cause.

Last night I went through my phone and sent a simple text to several friends.  Those friends included businessmen, actors, actresses, rappers, beauty pageant winners, fashion designers, childhood friends and reality television stars.  My question to each of them was “When I say the word poverty, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Using just a few words, can you text me back your thoughts.” 

Here are a few of the responses:

Destitution & despair

Lack of education

Pain and sadness and desperation” 

Absolute despair. Unlivable conditions. Hopelessness.”

The SAG Strike” (I am glad I have friends in Hollywood)

I think of a family living in a home made of adobe or straw–fighting each day to buy bread on the street, to keep clean, to stay healthy, and using water stored in buckets.”

I think of the winner of Survivor: Micronesia.” (The winner’s first name was Parvati)

I think of scanty shacks in Peru and people I have seen living under tarps on sidewalks in India

Poverty – a mindset, a thought pattern of lack & limitation

A struggle to find food to eat and clothes to wear

We all laugh; we all cry; we all love; we all need.  We all need the basics of life, we need friends and we need each other.  Today, if nothing more, let us all focus on one thing we all have regardless of econmonic standing, location, language, belief or ethnicity: LOVE.  For love is the only real answer to poverty.

“To love abundantly is to live abundantly”, were the wise words of the poet, Henry Drummond.

A friend shared with me this story that illustrates this point perfectly, ” Love has been an easy thing to notice during our travels.  One of my favorite memories was in a small village called Tokabangou, in Burkina Faso, West Africa.  Every late afternoon just before sunset, I saw a girl carrying a dinner of millet on a big plate to her grandfather, who was living outside the village.  She stayed and talked with her grandfather until he finished supper.  The scene was heartwarming and filled with love and devotion between two generations.”

Even though the meal shared was scanty according to the standards of the first world, the love present provided the feeling of abundance. Poverty is the lack of material needs or comfort; love is the antithesis of poverty. Love fulfills–it warms, it nurtures, it gives energy and life, it sustains. Love gives one the impetus to rise above one’s station in life. Without love, there is no desire to be better, to do better, to help others. Love is really the only way to achieve sustainability.

Love yourself, love your family, love your friends and then we can begin to lift those throughout the world out of poverty with love.  Love is the answer.

“And I say to you, I have also decided to stick to love. For I know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind’s problems. And I’m going to talk about it everywhere I go”, said Martin Luther King Jr. 

Let me know what you have done today to alleviate poverty… and remember “love is ultimately the only answer to mankind’s problems.”

Rising Above Poverty in Haiti with Love

Rising Above Poverty in Haiti with Love