Hello All! I hope your January is chugging along just fine and that you’re (still) excited for all the good this year will bring. This week, in addition to all the momming and FIRST BIRTHDAY (!!!!) planning, I have been doing some blog housekeeping and some real life house cleaning. While trying to unclutter, I came across some travel journals from ten years ago and something pretty great happened. My 27 year old self was waiting with a positive message for my late thirties-mom self. It was buried in a rather long to-do list. Things on the list included grade papers, wash clothes, and then at the end it said: contact mango farm in Ghana- complete with an e-mail and phone number. I laughed out loud when I saw that because I had so casually thrown that in with the list of chores. At that time of my life I was living abroad and trying to figure out some next steps. Although I ended up moving to New York City, there was a time that the possibilities seemed endless and exciting opportunities to change the world were waiting around every corner. Like so many of us, I had the fire lit to be the change and do all the good things. I had met some do-gooders who were traveling around and they were planning to … set up a mango farm in west Africa…and it was to be a sustainable community project funded by a large non-profit organization. I think part of the plan was living in a tent and other things that seem fine when you’re 25.
In the end my path led me here and this is exactly where I am supposed to be. However, that list reminded me that each one of us has the power and responsibility to change our world and make it better- no matter how small or large the gesture. There is a lot of hate and anger being thrown around this week as the new president gets started. How do we respond? As a mom that means making sure my children are kind to all of the kids at the playground. It means that our little ones are learning to say thank you to the janitor, the mail person, and the cashier- not just ignoring the people in our community. It means that the nuances of respect for others begin at home and they must be taught. This does not mean we are perfect; it means we are acknowledging that there is a lot of work to be done when raising little people. Maybe you are someone with the capacity to do much more and if you are -that is amazing! These tiny things might seem insignificant when so much is going on around us, but I believe it’s all the tiny steps we take together to lead us to a better tomorrow. Let’s do the hard work of moving forward and let’s do it together.