Be the peace you want to see in the world.  There is so much news, so many opinions, so much suffering, so much anger, so much DIVISION.  I find myself wondering if the underlying disease here, is how divided we are. Everywhere I turn there is a new compelling story about which side I should be on. Cue the internal conflict, which for me causes either frustration and then anger or anxiety and then numbness. I have to stop the internal dialogue and ask myself “do i want to be right or do I want to be loving?” Followed by “what do I want to model to my family?” And that answer is always “I want to love.” I can’t change the circumstances but I am responsible for how I respond to them. I want to heal the division. I don’t want to take sides. I want to listen actively to what others are feeling and then ask them to tell me more. And then really listen. To ask myself, what  do I have in common with this person , rather than where do we differ. If we can try to find that commonality in each other- as humans and allies, maybe we can begin to take part in healing the underlying disease of division. If today I can take even one small step in the direction of peace – that’s enough. #butterflyeffectbtc #bethepeaceyouseek