When I look at Arya, I see a bundle of potential.

At almost 2, she understands everything, and each day has more and more words to express her view of the world. Everything she does is in service to becoming the person her soul already know she is.  We try our best to encourage and support her becoming, while guiding her when she tests us.

I know that each child born into this world has the same potential and the same drive to become who they are meant to be. And I wonder what would happen if each child had the support and encouragement to do just that, would they be the ones who change the world?

And what about those of us who somehow found the tenacity to stay the course and find ourselves, do we also have a part in saving the world?  I think the answer is a resounding yes, and I’ll take it a step further to say that as we become adults we have a responsibility to be a part of the solution.

As Arya’s Baba, I want to make the world a better place for her and the community in which she finds herself in as she grows.

I realize this is not a simple equation, and that there are many layers of societal and cultural stuff that have been in play for a very long time.  I do think that as a part of the solution, there is also an element of the miraculous involved.  When I take responsibility for my own actions and take a stand for what is true, there is a ripple effect that joins with everyone else who is doing the same thing.  A prayer that joins hearts and becomes something greater than the sum of its parts.

We may not see the effect of our efforts, yet they are felt far and wide by the greater consciousness, and by God, or the Universe or the Divine.  I believe they are one in the same, and that by living in alignment with my heart, soul and truth, without attachment to the effect I am having, I am in service to Love and the greatest good of the world. By living in this way I am also holding space for my own family, and especially Arya to live in alignment with their own values and Truths.

The fact that Arya’s life intersects with mine is important, and a tremendous responsibility and honor.

I don’t take that responsibility lightly, and I fully intend to do my part to change the world.