In his book Tribe of Mentors Timothy Ferriss interviewed author and teacher Sharon Salzberg (sharonsalzberg.com). He asked her “If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it, what would it say?”
Her answer was exactly in line with what I’m doing in the Everyday Saints series of portraits:
“You are a person worthy of love. You don’t have to do anything to prove that. You do not have to earn love. You simply have to exist.”
Isn’t that how we think about children? They don’t have to do or be anything special, they are just loved.
So what’s going to happen to them when they grow into adults with political and religious views, or unconventional life styles or life choices?
Here’s a thought:
When we run into someone whose all of the aboves challenge us, what if we just remember that they were once children, and that inside that person, that child still lives. Still worthy of (and desiring, and needing) love and encouragement and affirmation for simply being.
We’ve got this great sea of humanity to play in.
Let’s play nice.
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