Since becoming a mom, I have shed more tears over the collective hurt that our world is feeling than I can recall.
I have felt deeply for those who have been misunderstood, raped, killed, maimed, uprooted, and hated on. We can’t keep heading this way. The world is not meant to sustain on so much negativity. We can’t sustain on so much negativity.
After watching this video, I couldn’t stop the onslaught of tears. As they slowed down, the first two lines of the song hit me.
“What’s wrong with the world, mama?
People livin’ like they ain’t got no mamas.”
These two lines show us both the problem and the solution to all of this hate in our world.
What’s the problem? Lack of humanity. Empathy. Compassion.
After having my daughter, I realized one of the most powerful thoughts of my life – that every single person on the street that I was passing, that was looking down on their phone, hailing a cab, rushing to work, or panhandling – EVERY SINGLE person comes from a mom and were once an innocent little being like my 2 month old daughter I had in my carrier. We do not start off seeing color, sex, or differences as being bad. We see them as part of life and fully accept them. At some point, that point of view is corrupted and perpetuated by a culture that perpetuates, generates and profits off of hate. We need to get back to realizing we are all the same. We all came from a womb, we all have a humanity in us, and we all, if we set aside those differences that make us our selves, are the same.
What’s the solution? The first line says it all. Mamas.
We are the answer. Our children look to us for guidance and how we raise them, how we treat others, and how we go about our lives are what will change this downward spiraling trajectory that we are on. I believe in the deepest parts of my aching heart that things will change because moms will no longer let other moms and children suffer. You may not be a multi-platinum selling artist nor a celebrity with thousands of followers nor a millionaire. Those things don’t matter so much. What matters is intention. The intention to create a world you’d be proud to leave to your children. The intention to live your day as a model for what your children will do to and for this world. The intention to create and contribute in whatever way it may be.