Sharing our wishes, an open letter to our sons and daughters.
“Of course if you like your kids, if you love them from the moment they begin, you yourself begin all over again, in them, with them, and so there is something more to the world again.” William Saroyan
The miracle that a child brings into the world is completely unmatched to anything we’ve experienced so far. As we travel through the marvelous journey of life, one question, in particular, has resulted from our own personal enlightenment. “What can we do to improve our own lives and the lives of our future generations in synchronicity?”
To our sons and daughters,
As the co-creators of our own future, we realize that our thoughts, words and actions are constructing an implicit framework for what will be the reality of tomorrow. We as parents have always wanted you to be brought into a world free from sickness, fear, war and inequality.
In the past, have expected that to happen through the age-old parenthood practice of “do as I say, not as I do”. We’re now awakened to the fact that the world can become the better place we’ve all dreamed of if we be the change. We make a promise to realize that dream in our own lives because of our unconditional love for you.
We’re reminded of a story about a mother, her son, and their visit with Gandhi:
A Mother had been pleading with her son to break his sugar habit, but could not do so. As a last resort, she began a long journey to see her sons’ idol, Gandhi, with hopes that he could influence him. When she reached Gandhi, she explained that her son would not stop eating sugar
“My son eats too much sugar.” she explained, “It is not good for his health. Would you please advise him to stop eating it?”
Gandhi listened to the woman’s plea, thought and replied, “Please return in two weeks. I will talk to your son.”
The woman responded with confusion on her face and wondered why he not asked the boy to stop eating sugar immediately. She took her son hand and returned to their home.
Two weeks later, visited Gandhi again. This time, however Gandhi looked directly at the boy and said, “You should stop eating sugar. It is not good for your health”. The boy nodded and promised he would stop eating sugar.
The boy’s mother was bewildered. She asked Gandhi, “Why didn’t you tell him this two weeks ago? Why did I have to travel home and then back again?” Gandhi smiled and replied, “Two weeks ago I was eating a lot of sugar myself.”
This story serves as a reminder of the declaration we make to you. We will free the world – starting with ourselves, starting today, starting now. Today is the day we make this promise of change to you.
We now take action and lead by example. We practice healthy lifestyles; lifestyles that will allow better futures, not bigger problems. We release our own internal fears from to create an external world without it. The global call for peace, love and equality that has been echoed through generations past will now be heard as we take our own individual responsibility and action.
We make you this promise because we love you and know that love can change the world.