Connected in Giving
We have such a short time to do this good work,
to forgive each other’s small mistakes,
to pay attention to positive points.
We must practice being good people, and
destroy the lens of pessimism in our eyes,
and see the facts of life.
Why are we born to this world,
and what are our plans for this life?
Are they the destruction or betterment of our world?
I try to smile. I don’t have money, power
or authority, but I have God who gave me
a mouth with lips for smiling, I have language for speaking,
I can use them for good,
to carry messages of peace and love and forgiveness.
I can smile to grow the root of the friendship tree.
We have such short time to do good work.
November is a month of not only giving, but receiving. The two have a direct correlation: the more we give, the more we receive. You already know this community you are a part of does incredible things, and each time you walk in the doors of the studio you can see the magic happening. We thought this month we would share how some of our Sister Cities around the world are giving back to improve and uplift individuals and communities. Sister Cities were formed to create awareness and connection to places around the world. The more we connect with each other, the more we realize how similar we are instead of how different.
In San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico: SiPaz! Servicio Internacional para la Paz (International Service for Peace) is working hard to support positive peace in its communities. SiPaz describes “positive peace” as: “…not the mere absence of war or direct and visible violence, but rather the result of the respect of dignity, human rights of every person and people, social harmony, equality, justice, and, therefore, a radical change in society. This peace is not the absence of conflicts, but the ability to respond to such conflicts in a nonviolent, cooperative way.”
In Osogbo, Nigeria: The Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding is an organization which seeks to elevate Black culture, by focusing on its recovery, preservation, promotion, and utilization of its enduring ways of being for the purposes of holistic development, appreciation, and international understanding. Osogbo is also a community which had an artistic renaissance back in the 50s and is still filled with local artists creating new and traditional pieces, as well as festivals.
There is so much good happening in the world, so much beauty being created, so many people who are inspired to create a beautiful and positive world for all of us to live in. We implore you to give your gifts to the world so we can make it a better place to be. If you end up doing something amazing please share it with us! Just send the info to Liz@ashevillecommunityyoga.com, or post it on your social media accounts and tag @ashevillecommunityyoga with #freedomthroughservice in the description, then see all of the other things people are doing to give back to our world.
Thank you for all that you give each and every day.