The crisis in Syria is being talked about constantly right now, and it breaks my heart to think of all the pain and suffering!  I don’t know what the best course of action for our government is at this point, but I do know that there is nothing I personally can do to right this terrible wrong.

I think of my grandchildren, and of all the world’s children, and my prayer is that they might grow up to live in a peaceful world!  They’re all so dependent on the adults around them to lead the way toward a changed world.  If war and violence are ever to be ended, we must each find that deep place of love and caring in our hearts, and begin to create peace in our own little corners of the world.  We can not just sit by waiting for others to do it!

We each have the power to reach out to others, to show them we care — not only by our words, but also by our actions!  I believe there’s a tremendous power in love that’s shared.  We can look around us and see how we can express our love for the people near us, in our own community.  Then we can look to the nearby communities.  We need to start somewhere!

It feels awful to believe we’re powerless, so let’s look for our power.  There’s a wonderful meditation/prayer, called Loving-Kindness.  It’s easy to learn, and to begin planting the seeds in our hearts.  We can create a changed mindset.  We can start showering loving-kindness on all we meet.  Let’s focus our thoughts, prayers, and actions on creating and then spreading peace and love around the world, one little corner at a time!  Let’s teach our children that change can happen — as one heart connects to another!  We can do it!

Until next time,


*  The highlighted meditation is by Jack Kornfield, but there are many different versions.  The ideas are what is important, not the specific words.


    • I’m glad this spoke to you, Dan! Thank you for taking time to write such a nice comment. I appreciate it, and appreciate you!


  • What an important reminder, Linda. At times like this, we often just shut down and feel hopeless because the prospect of a situation like Syria is so scary. We need to remember that when we take personal action in the face of a challenge like this (and I love the Loving-Kindness meditation that you recommend) that it gives us hope and as we feel hope as a community we can change the course of events. Who would have thought in the week since you wrote this that we would be pursuing a diplomatic resolution to this situation?

    • Thank you for your kind words, Lynn! I believe so much in empowerment, and in the strength of one heart connecting to another! Feeling hopeless is a painful feeling. I’m so glad that you enjoyed the Loving-Kindness Meditation! I think it’s very powerful. Who knows, maybe all of the prayers that were being said around the world led to the diplomatic resolution!!


  • The world can be a scary place, and it’s easy to get lost in the helplessness that the big stuff makes us feel. But we can still have an impact on our own lives and the lives we touch. Big change starts with each and every one of us.

    Calla Gold

    • Thank you, Calla! Being “lost in the helplessness” of the big stuff is very anxiety producing, and can lead to depression at some point. It’s so much more empowering to look at the things we can control — like the choices we each make.


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