This week Awesome Stories brings you the gift of children.
The Gift of Children
Anyone who is a parent knows the joy of children and the miracle of life. Looking at babies and young children, we see the innocence and joy that is our birthright. Children represent our innocence, born in love and potential. We innately understand that children will forge our future, both for people and the planet.
Thanks to Isis from Marsa Alam Desert Retreat, I recently learned of Children’s Day. Children’s Day is celebrated on various days around the world to honor and celebrate children. India’s celebration strikes a touching chord due to its roots back to the country’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. Jawaharlal Nehru was known for his love of children, so India decided to honor him by switching the celebration from the international day of November 20th to November 14th which is Jawaharlal Nehru’s birthday. On Children’s Day in India, gifts and chocolates are usually given to children, along with school dances and music performances. It’s also common to give books, clothing, and gifts to children in orphanages on Children’s Day.
I find it auspicious timing that fellow blogger, Neha, is celebrating the birth of her baby boy. She wrote a tender poem called I Never Knew to honor his birth. This is the line that really touched my heart; I never knew my love could grow any stronger until I looked at your innocent face looking at the world for the first time. The poem is a touching tribute to the joy of being a new parent and finding your heart exploding with love.
I yearn for the day when we treat all children as precious. And in turn, we expand our circles of compassion to include all people on the planet, and then all life on the planet. Maybe one day we will no longer need special days to honor certain groups of people and simply honor all people every day.
To me, diversity is what makes the world interesting, vibrant, and strong. It’s good to acknowledge the differences in people, while always remembering that we are one human family. May we learn to live in peace with all, honoring all races, colors, genders, classes, abilities, religions, and cultures as the many delightful colors of the rainbow.
It warms my heart to see the wave of younger, more diverse race and gender of people who were recently elected to Congress in the US midterm elections. I see this as a sign of progress to bring the changes needed in our politics and culture to be much more inclusive and fair for all.
May your week be full of peace, love, and innocence. Thank you to all the children who bring more joy and hope to the world.