My NZ Tribute… Kia Kaha



The massacre in New Zealand has touched me deeply. I felt compelled to share something regarding it, possibly for a cathartic effect, but hopefully it can do more than that. This is what I wrote in the minutes after hearing about it… the first thoughts that came to mind.

As I watch my son goo, gah and giggle while getting changed, I’m reminded that we are not born with hate in our heart.

That to hate is something that we learn as we grow.

And what can be learned can be unlearned.
What can be learned can override past learnings.

To drive out hate we must spread love. It’s the only way. Darkness cannot be overcome with more darkness or more anger, we need to bring light even when it seems there is not even a flicker.

It starts with me. And it starts with you. There is no longer a place on the sidelines. Apathy is complicit to those that have learned to hate so strongly that they explode.

My thoughts are with my brothers and sisters in NZ. I am sending love and light. ❤️

Kia Kaha is a Maori phrase used as an affirmation to Stay Strong.


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