Our Potential 

I love connecting with people because I learn so much. I am in awe of our potential. As an educator and father this is very important to me. It is also important to me as a human being. I want to continue to learn and grow so that I can share in all of the beauty in this amazing world. Connections matter tremendously, because to quote Margaret Wheatley, “ever human beings their own unique story.” Everyone has a life and a story to share that we can learn from, and I yearn to learn from all people, all religions, all music, food, and culture; in every corner of the world. 
Our original sin of separation, hate and evil is horrifying for our growth and development as a human race. We have halted! Stagnated by differences and discontent. We are more than we believe we are capable of, but we are distracted by constant stimulation to the reptilian brain (Michael Elliot). This is all my opinion of course based on my experiences, but the hard evidence also speaks for itself. We are unhappy and we need to do better. Not just for ourselves but for our family, our community, and all of humanity. We are not here alone so we must work together to make the world better. 

As an educator I see this clearly and I see the potential in this opportunity. We get to work with children everyday and learn along with them and our adult colleagues as we aim to make sense of and recreate the world. Our human purpose is to explore, connect, and create. From the wheel, to fire, to the internet that is what we have always done. I yearn for a life where we are beyond discrimination, fear, and oppression; where we work together to accomplish things beyond our present perception. Where LOVE and TRUST is our ultimate guide. This is where we have not been. This is what we have not tried. True integration. True collaboration. True love of humankind. There are so many languages to learn, music to sing and dance to, foods to eat, games to play and adventures to take. How much time will we waste before we decide to let go of that which continues to hold us back? When will we embrace the full potential of our mind, body, and spirit? When will we be ready for our ascension? 

Our thoughts, combined with our emotions, make up our spirit. If our thoughts are tainted with doubt, and our emotions are cursed with hate, then the strength of our spirit will become disoriented and unavailable to us. How can we find happiness this way; especially with trauma, stress, and distractions all around us? Will we survive as isolated individuals under the constant vicious attack of greed and gluttony? How do we begin to resist the social engineering designed for our self destruction? 

It’s time to connect and form human alliances of love. It’s time to self actualize. Connection is the healing and nurturing we need — desperately. We need to trust each other, uplift each other, and learn from each other. We need to be humble and practice “the beginners mind,” to continuously learn the world as we go. None of us have the answers to this world of infinite complexity. We can only share our truth, connect, and seek to learn more to improve a specific context. No so called solution works for everyone. Problems are subjective as much as they are objective. Our separated categories and classifications are necessary at times, while acting as a big part of the problem at others. If our purpose is to move the world and humanity forward in a healthy and fulfilling way, we must embrace “the other” as much as ourselves. 

Can we create a world where we all maximize our potential? A world where all children are born into nurturing homes. Where all caregivers continue to learn to do their best. Where children, run, jump, climb, play, dance, sing, build, paint, draw, read, write, swim, ski, fight, speak, listen, care, collaborate, initiate, manipulate, create, learn, unlearn, relearn, cry, yell, apologize, grow, and everything else in the present and future. How might we design, communities, to maximize the creative, joyful, healthy potential of every inhabitant? In my opinion, this should be our goal and we should give our souls to this purpose together. Let us together engage our whole world, whole community, and the whole child to move the human race forward. 

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