As the sun sets in the Arabian Sea, a young Indian girl jumps, thus eliciting play and adventure and hope for a brighter world and a brighter future and an optimistic example of the power of youth and change and where the world might sustainably grow.

Why am I here?

In consulting sessions or on programs with groups abroad, the first question we usually ponder together is “Why are we here?” It’s a question many of us ask when in new scenarios, when humbled by a mountain top, or in those moments of humility so expansive that our eyes begin to weep. I asked this question of myself recently, before formally answering in public. To better understand what my own response would be, I sat on a beautiful terrace as the sun was rising in the East and setting in the West and the following is what seeped out of my pen:

 

Why am I here?

Hope.

That the world will be different

because I’ve seen a different world.

I’ve seen a world in which smiles supersede greed

laughter resonates beyond tears

faith smolders fear

and ubuntu prevails over all.

I’ve seen this world and who am I to keep it for myself?

It has become a duty to share

what I know

who I know

where I know.

To allow others

to see beauty in themselves

exceptional in the mundane

compassion within stories.

I see a utopic world perhaps, but

I choose it.

I choose this version of vision

over peril and violence

over unmistakably ignorant rhetoric.

I choose to share what I’ve always seen

what I am a part of

and so are you.

 

 

 

7 replies
  1. Molly
    Molly says:

    Thank you, dear Susan. You give us all hope that there is a world where are better selves can and will flourish.

    Molly

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  2. Molly
    Molly says:

    Thank you, dear Susan. You give us all hope that there is a world where our better selves can and will flourish.

    Molly

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  3. Abby Schssler
    Abby Schssler says:

    Well said sister! I absolutely love where your heart is at and feel the same draw you do! It’s so important to stay focused on this wider version of the world as we can too often get sucked into tunnel vision of the here and now. Thank you for practicing what you preach and being an inspiration to others!

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