This week met me on the shores of a strange land. One in which I was privileged to meet many persons of Hispanic origin and practice my Spanish. More than this however I’ve had a jumble of new experiences, heard snippets of life stories from persons who started out as strangers and indulged in delicious personal reflections. Unable to resist the urge to tell you a bit more, here’s a few things this Caribbean development worker learned/was reminded of:
- Domestic violence occurs in many ways. It is important to understand the various physical and emotional signs. Both women and men are potential victims and of course the children in those relationships. Never ever underestimate the importance of being able to communicate with your partner nor the importance of being honest/seeking help when abuse occurs. Too many of our children are witnessing what relationships should NOT be and unfortunately the cycle continues.
- Discrimination does not only happen TO you. Each person is a potential proponent. It is important to be aware of our prejudices. Awareness is an excellent first step. Then comes decision, followed by action. You choose.
- Want to change the world? Don’t wait for someone else to come along to do it exactly the way you want. Start with yourself. Be the change you want to see. Today it may be only you fighting the status quo, tomorrow it may be you + one other. Eventually… the possibilities are endless. Don’t underestimate your potential.
If by this time you are thinking… “But I’m only one person…” then you need to see the story of the hummingbird by Wangari Maathai. I choose to be the hummingbird. What about you?
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