Life has a way of nudging us toward healing in mysterious ways.
Three years ago, I proposed the idea of the Turn It Around Project to our Fertile Heart Community, marking November 9 as the Day of Compassion. My intention was to encourage myself and others to channel the lingering grief linked to 9/11 into a force for good.
At the time, I didn’t realize that November 9 was also the date of the Night of the Broken Glass, when synagogues were burned, and beatings, looting and attacks against Jews had taken place throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria. The night, known as Kristallnacht, was the beginning of Hitler’s Final Solution and the beginning of the end for so many members of my immediate family.
Sadly, the evil that abducted their lives is still at large. It is the same universal impulse toward cruelty that continues to seed acts of violence in seemingly every corner of the earth.
This week, as I remember my mother’s birthday and prepare to honor the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht and the Day of Compassion, I’d love to share with you a short video that documents the ongoing wrestling with my family’s legacy of losses as it ever so slowly morphs into a source of strength. I titled it 9/11 – 11/9: Not Too Late to Heal. ((“Three” is one of the poems in The One-Heart Revolution, a collection of poems and essays due for publication in 2015.)
I thought this would also be a good time to launch a separate FertileHeartedHuman facebook outreach page devoted to our peace related projects.
My day job has to do with supporting women and men on their pilgrimages toward parenthood. It makes little sense to do that work without attempting to co-create a more child-friendly earth-home for these babies to beam down to.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the small and large Turn It Around Projects in your life. If you had to choose one thing that calls to be “turned around,” in your life, what would be?
As always, the comments section of this blog post or the new FertileHeartedHuman facebook page are an easy way for us to say hello to each other.
With love and good wishes for a meaningful International Day of Compassion!