There is a lot of negativity in the world today, challenging our ability and will of staying positive. From political disagreements that are tearing families apart to the existential risks of climate change and runaway technology, the negative influences are everywhere you turn.
Having a son turned me into a pacifist not because I was an idealist, but because motherhood made me a realist. Why are we raising our children in a culture saturated with violence? Every week, sometimes twice a week, sometimes more often, there is another mass shooting, always by a man, usually a white man.
Would you describe yourself as a compassionate person? Even if you don’t necessarily see yourself that way, I bet you’re compassionate at least some of the time (e.g., when you’re well-rested and not in a hurry), or with certain people in your life (e.g., with your closest friends).
Hundreds of thousands of women in war-torn countries have rebuilt their lives thanks to Zainab Salbi, an Iraqi woman who has dedicated much of her life to helping others. Born in 1970 in Baghdad, Iraq, Salbi grew up in a privileged world where her father was a personal pilot for Saddam Hussein.
At three years old, your choices are limited. You eat what’s prepared for you and listen to the music waking you up from the kitchen. Your parents tug your arm, gently but with purpose, and you move.