The main point of creating Our Home is to show the story that since we all share this one single planet, we must work together, appreciate diversity, and keep our home a safe and healthy place. Peace, right? And other things, too. I think respecting diversity is the root of peace. If you can listen to someone's story that is completely different from the way you live, and keep an open mind, that is the beginning. That opens you to compassion, empathy, and friendship. That lets you help other people when your help is needed, and lets you give people space to live differently from you. And this is a really great Scientific American article about how diversity actually makes us smarter!
I have to focus on positive actions in my own life because I'm immobilized by fear and feeling helpless. So I can't make giant changes in the world today, but there are a few things I do to try and create the change I want to see. I teach my daughter and any other children I work with to learn ways to express themselves, to trust that their voices are important. I teach my daughter, and try to lead by example, that if you see anyone being hurt emotionally or physically to go and be friendly with that person, to give them your support. And if you need more help, you can always ask for it. I recently learned that friends of mine in our wonderful little town experience racism frequently. That is heartbreaking. Since today is International Day of Peace, to encourage peace in my community I'd like to say that I will continue to stand up for people if I see them being treated disrespectfully, and help whenever I can.
The other thing I'm doing to encourage peace feels a little selfish, because I love doing it. I'm making this book. I just sit at home quietly carving, making my images. But one day all of the pages will be done and bound together. I hope the finished book will carry a message of peace and respect for all people and living beings. Thank you for following along!