The very lovely Pippa asked me if I was interested in writing a post on Mama Activism for her wonderful Story of Mum blog. Obviously I jumped at the chance. I was flattered to have been asked and I wanted to support a wonderful lady who has made a huge difference to my life.
Now I am sat here trying to think of what on earth to say.
Powerful Mum, me??
Physically, I'm pretty strong. That comes from lugging two boys about that weigh 2 stone each! Emotionally, I can be strong when I have to as long as I get a suitable amount of time to fall apart when everyone else is ok again. Mentally, I'm getting there after a year of PND and antidepressants. I feel ready to take on new challenges this year, while last year getting up was a big enough challenge! As for life changing, world shaping or making a difference. I'm not too sure about that...
About 10 years ago, I trained as a Reiki healer with a beautiful woman who I am pleased to say is now one of my best friends. I wanted to help everyone, I wanted everyone to feel as good and alive as I did. I couldn't understand why people held themselves back from achieving their goals or ambitions.
She gave me some advice: "Kat, you can't heal the world".
I felt a little crushed and confused at the time. That is exactly what I wanted to do with my new gift. What use was it otherwise? How could she say that, when she too was a healer in many therapies? I didn't understand at all.
Now, I realise the weight of the problems in our beautiful world. I realise that she was right. "I" can't heal the world. Not on my own. I am just one messenger of thousands, millions maybe, wanting to make the world a better place for all of our beautiful children to enjoy and be safe.
All I can do is look after "My World". If I am the best I can be, if I support my family and friends then I can heal my little patch. Then maybe others may take note and help to heal their little patch.
Before you know it there will be a huge patchwork blanket of healing and love all around the world.
Since learning Reiki I seem to have developed a higher level of empathy. Now, whenever I hear or read about the suffering of others it seems to affect me on a much more personal level. Almost as if it has happened to me.
This is why I feel I have a responsibility to ease the suffering of this world in whatever ways I can. I think also visiting Africa and seeing the hardship first hand has brought it home to me just how well off we are.
I have seen Comic Relief and watched clips of parents sitting with their babies as they die. It must be the worst thing in this world and I find it too heart breaking to consider. At the same time, knowing I can't even conceive of it, what kind of a person would I be not to do anything? THAT is what drives me.
As we sit over here deciding which cakes to have with tea, there is a mother cuddling her child as she takes her last breath. Wouldn't you give her your cake money if you could vaccinate her child with it? I sure would. I'd give her everything I had if it meant she never had to be in that position again. I mean that. Anything.
So this year, I am planning to skydive and do two runs totaling 15km to raise money for Unicef.
No single person alone can make much of a difference BUT a single person CAN inspire and motivate hundreds, thousands, even millions of others to work together for the greater good of us all.
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