Had two distinct experiences today. In the afternoon, I went to a seminar called "Empowering Neighbourhoods". Very inspiring. In a nutshell, it was about focusing on our neighbourhood's strengths and drawing upon them to improve the sense of community. How to get funding for projects, how to make things inclusive and diverse, power to the people and all those other positive messages. Pretty much heard it before but it was packaged a bit differently with some more tangible info. Started the wheels turning about space for community gardens, after-school programs...it just takes one person to get the proverbial ball rolling yo. Grassroots. Since the economy is busted up, things are getting rougher, people out of jobs, parents can't afford recreation activities for their kids. We need to work together and give each other a hand up.
Tonight I went to see three independent short films about the drug trade in Iraq & Afghanistan. Brothers of Kabul (two young twenty something brothers addicted to opium, living in burned out buildings on the street of Kabul), Gol Pary (a 12 year old Afghan girl addicted to heroin), and Hidden in Dust (drug addicted homeless women in Iran). It was a real pick-me-up.
Exposing myself to these things helps me to keep things in perspective. I do it purely for selfish reasons I guess. I'm curious, I like to learn. I feel strongly about not commenting on things I know nothing about and I like to give my
There are many thoughts and emotions I've had today, most of which aren't worth sharing. I guess the central message I got is this: people need connection. Be kind, be helpful, smile, have fun, protect and cherish your children and loved ones, be accepting and don't judge. Always carry hope, because human beings are actually pretty amazing sometimes. Maybe even a lot of the time.