The dislocations of our time are glaring. The news is replete with the immense stress of a divisive world; one that is rapidly changing. While we can't control all the changes, we can control how we choose to respond to the many needs around us.
On September 15th & 16th 2017, along with a group of about 40 American volunteers and our giving partner Hope Worldwide, I crossed the US-Mexico border by foot from San Diego. We were headed to Tijuana to bring medical aid and to implement our art & eden “Clothes For Cure” program. Coincidentally, that weekend also happened to be el Dia de la Independencia, the Independence Day Weekend in Mexico.
As I crossed over the bridge from San Diego, USA to Tijuana, Mexico the contrast in the landscape drew me to listen inward and outward. We are seldom grateful for our safety, our absolute abundance, and there we were transporting ourselves from a city that was safe and abundant across the border to a world of cartels and scarcity.
We experienced two polarized situations in a matter of minutes—the seconds it takes to cross one border—and I started to reflect on what makes a country truly exemplary and rich. Is it more capitalists, more monopolists, vast fortunes for a few? Or would it be a place where wealth is redistributed between the haves & havenots, where it does not show contrast but instead brings equality, where all humans have enough? A place where true celebration of independence would be letting go of an unrelenting pursuit of possessions for the self, instead embracing a shared economy—of resources and of love.
The work we did in Tijuana pushed each of us to see more clearly, hear more effectively and to be part of a significant start of creating a very real, lasting change with our Mexican neighbors.
Friends, by virtue of the needs I’ve been witnessing around the world, it is very apparent that we have tremendous work to do in all of our neighborhood & societies. In whatever way you are fueled to respond, do try to become the bridge that narrows gaps and divides amongst humanity. To those to whom much has been given, you have much to give. Lets all commit to become the change we crave.
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