Mahola Incredible People,

The recents events in the world has captivated my attention. The remarkable rescue of the soccer team in Thailand, the events in the USA regarding immigration, and a new justice for the Supreme Court, the World Cup games, and the NATO summit to name a few.

One of the most difficult experiences I have been observing is the lack of respect and listening people have with each other.  In order to get our point across and to be “right” I am seeing too much shouting and yelling and too little listening and talking. In our need to have the last word people are listening less to each other, conversations are decreasing, people are defensive with their words and actions.

ALL people deserve to be treated with compassion, dignity, and respect, even when they are not acting in a respectful manner (and this does not mean you go along with or let someone run over you). We are the only person who can disrespect ourselves. Others can act disrespectful to us. As Elenor Roosevelt said “no one can make you feel inferior without your consent”.  You can disagree with someone and have a conversation.

My dear precious humans I am asking that you take the time and consideration to have conversations, not debates. To listen to each other, even when your perspectives and opinions are VERY different. To ask thoughtful questions to try and understand why someone feels the way they do. To perhaps find common ground with the person you are taking with.

WE all have the right to be heard and the right to hear and listen to others. Let those powerful, essential conversations begin with you! We ALL have the power to begin positive change, positive ripple effects of connections in this world❤️

I am including a wonderful TED talk by Celeste Headlee called “10 ways to have a better conversation”.

Thank you for bringing your amazing self to this world⭐️ You are needed💜