“The planet does not need more ‘successful people.’
The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of all kinds.”
- His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet
Years ago, a teacher gave me a lesson I have not forgotten: that while you cannot control what happens around you, you can control how you choose to respond.
So the children and I have chosen to send ripples of Love into the world through the Muslim community (that we are not a part of).
We gathered lovely quotes from the Qu’an (such as “Do what is beautiful. Allah loves those who do what is beautiful.” [Surah Baqarah 2:195]), and began sending Love Letters of support to Mosques across the United States that included some of those quotes.
Sometimes they look like this:
And sometimes they look like this:
To announce the message inside as one of Love, I draw a lavender heart on the envelopes – because if you mix red, white, and blue together, it is lavender you get …
We send these notes once or twice a week.
As a moment of uplift for ourselves, and as a way to Plant a Kiss.*
The unexpected began to happen …
And we began receiving lovely thank you notes ourselves!
One such thank you letter said:
“Words alone cannot express our gratitude for such kind gesture all the way from California to Muslims in a small Alabama town. We shall remain grateful and these words will constantly remind us not to lose faith in the kindness and support of the people of America.”
(Another Muslim community thanked my son for his drawing above, and enclosed a McDonald’s gift card for him in their thank you note. How adorable is that?!)
We will continue to sow these seeds of Love.
And if you are so moved … maybe you will too?
(Here is the link to the state-by-state listing of Mosques and Muslim community centers in the United States: http://hirr.hartsem.edu/mosque/database.html.)
* In honor of the life and work of Amy Krause Rosenthal – author of the book “Plant a Kiss” and who passed away this week – this post and others were written and have been curated by the lovely and dear Sherry Richert Belul. Click here for the Plant a Kiss 2017 links: http://simplycelebrate.net/plant-a-kiss-kindness-project.