Making the world better…

How can bullying start in kindergarten?  This morning I heard about a 5 year old being put in a headlock by another 5 year old and pulling his glasses off his head.  My first reaction was WTF?  And it has been on my mind all day.

What does a child that age know about bullying? Why would a child that age do that? The sad part is that the bully is probably bullied at home and thinks it’s normal behavior.  Is he destined to be a bad person forever?  I believe being mean is learned, so I think it can be changed.

What if someone could show this child a different way to treat people?  Does he think that this is how you treat friends?  Does he think that is playing?  What if another child tried to talk to him and asked why he did that?

I would like to think that it’s worth a try.  So far, answering to hate with hate has not been shown to work. Just him only getting in trouble for the incident is probably not the answer.  I hope the other child talks to him and shows him there’s a better way to play.  There’s a lot of pain hidden behind bullying and hatred and I think the pain only grows without love. What if we tried to reach these children, sooner than later?  Could we change the direction they are headed?

I”d like to think so…

“Transformation #2″ 12″x24” Acrylic on Canvas

 

Crazy World…

“…something very beautiful happens to people when their world has fallen apart: a humility, a nobility, a higher intelligence emerges at just the point when our knees hit the floor.” ~ Marianne Williamson

Sometimes it feels like nothing makes sense anymore. From the political climate, to mother nature, it feels like the world has gone mad. Why is all this happening? I believe the universe is screaming at us to wake up!
I think everything (really everything) has gotten out of sync. There are too many people so deep in their heads, so unconscious to what is truly real, that the only way they will wake up is for their world to fall apart.
Why do we as humans have to reach a point of falling apart before we awaken?
We are at such a divided place as a country. People are being manipulated like pawns in a game, being played by people with power-hungry egos. What can change people’s thinking at this point, when we are so afraid to admit we may have been wrong? We are so afraid to admit that what we believed our whole lives was wrong.
Catastrophic things happen. Disasters are equal opportunity. Disasters don’t care about your race, social standing or money. In the middle of a disaster everyone is at the same level.
In the middle of chaos, the mind stops. When you can’t think anymore something else takes over. Your inner being, inner voice, your soul. THAT is the real you. Listen to it. Experience the world from that place, not with your mind.
Notice that at that moment that people that you may have judged, condemned or hated are still willing to help you and show you compassion. Talk to people, get to know people different than you, love people. THAT will change the world. LOVE.

“Crossroads” 30″x30″ Acrylic on Canvas

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Daily Photo 4.2.10 (LOVE-NYC)

I finally have wi-fi! My daughter tells me I am addicted to the internet.  She may be right.  What can I say, I love technology!  I have taken hundreds of photos, but here is one from the 2nd.  I feel very limited without my photoshop.  I am using gimp on my laptop, so we will see how that works.  I am not spending that much time working on these photos, since I am still out and about.  Off to explore DC!!

LOVE- NYC